Late-blooming Standard Deviation the smart wager in Hollywood Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Hollywood Derby brings some of the best three-year-old turf runners to Del Mar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted 13 runners from all over the country. Post time for the Hollywood Derby, Race 8 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. #9 STANDARD DEVIATION (6-1) was last…

Sadler’s Joy holds the edge in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap anchors the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 11 plus five AEs and MTOs. Post time for the Red Smith, Race 9 of 10 at “The Big A” this Saturday, is 3:47 p.m. ET. #7 SADLER’S JOY (8-5, morning-line favorite) looks…

Curlin’s Honor can spring upset in Artie Schiller

The $150,000 Artie Schiller Stakes anchors Saturday’s card at Aqueduct. “The Big A” feature drew a field of 10 plus three MTOs. Post time for the Artie Schiller, a one-mile turf test, is 3:20 p.m. ET. It goes as the eighth of a scheduled 10 races. #5 CURLIN’S HONOR (10-1) should get the perfect setup…

Weekly jockey review, 11/6/19; Breeders’ Cup recap

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, with a special focus on Santa Anita and last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup. Irad Ortiz Jr. won the most Breeders’ Cup races of any jockey in 2019; four to be exact. He was aboard favored Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint and…

Breeders’ Cup undercard selections, 11/2/19

The run-up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic features multiple million-dollar races with full fields. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 9 (Post time: 6:20 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile One mile on turf #5 TRUE VALOUR (20-1) could be sitting on a lifetime-best effort in the Breeders’…

Bal Harbour holds the edge in Fayette

The Grade II, $200,000 Fayette Stakes anchors the final card of the Keeneland fall meet this Saturday. A field of 10 will compete in this 1 1/8-mile event on what’s likely to be a muddy main course. Post time for the Fayette, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. ET. #8 BAL HARBOUR…

Belmont Empire Showcase Day picks and plays; 10/19/19

The best of the New York-breds will be front-and-center at beautiful Belmont Park this Saturday. Eight state-bred stakes worth over $1 million combined are on the slate. FanXT will dive into a pair of these races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 1:59 p.m. ET) The $200,000 Mohawk Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #3 VOODOO…

Weekly jockey review, 10/16/19

It’s time to discuss last week’s horse racing happenings, centering on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Belmont Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano continue to dominate proceedings at Belmont this fall. Franco leads all riders with 37 victories, seven of which he earned last week. Lezcano, second at 32, found the winner’s circle five times…

Weekly jockey review, 10/9/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, centering on fall meet happenings from coast to coast. Belmont As other riders abandon Belmont from time-to-time, Manny Franco has stayed and reaped the rewards. The leading mount-getter (161) is also first in wins with 30 at the fall meeting. Franco scored six times…