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…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selected analysis, 11/1/19

Breeders’ Cup Friday at Santa Anita features five races for two-year-old colts and fillies. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 5 (Post time: 4:12 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Five furlongs on turf #9 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (3-1, morning-line favorite) will get plenty of attention…

Maximum Security resurfaces in Bold Ruler

The Grade III, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap is the closing Saturday feature at Belmont Park. A field of eight, led by Haskell winner MAXIMUM SECURITY, will line up in this seven-furlong dirt sprint. Post time for the Bold Ruler, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 4:40 p.m. ET. #1 MAXIMUM SECURITY (Even, morning-line…

Indian Pride makes graded stakes debut in Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. #3 INDIAN PRIDE…

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…

Cambier Parc a deserving favorite in QEII Challenge Cup

The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is the centerpiece race on Keeneland’s Saturday program. A field of nine three-year-old fillies will do battle over 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. #3 CAMBIER PARC (8-5, morning-line favorite) proved…

Code of Honor leads intriguing cast in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The prestigious Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be renewed this Saturday at Belmont Park. A compact but quality field of five will assemble for this 1 1/4-mile test that carries an automatic bid to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. Post time for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Race 10 on…

Weekly jockey review, 9/25/19

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, highlighting the most noteworthy jockey performances. We’ll start on the east coast with Belmont before moving west to Los Alamitos. Belmont Manny Franco remains in front at the Belmont fall meet as the competition bunches up behind him. Franco tallied four winners at…

Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…