Weekly jockey review, 4/10/19; Castellano wins early and often at Keeneland

It was a super Saturday for horse racing, as the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby were held at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita, respectively. Let’s review the results for the week at each circuit, focusing on the top jockey performances. Aqueduct Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano both got off to successful…

Bourbon War out for revenge on Code of Honor in Florida Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby is set for Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The race carries 170 total points toward the Kentucky Derby, with 100 going to the winner. The 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby, which goes as the finale on a stakes-laden 14-race program, drew a field of 11. Approximate post time is 6:30…

War of Will should overwhelm Louisiana Derby field

The Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby takes place this Saturday at the historic Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, assuring them a starting spot in the “Run for the Roses.” Second place receives 40 points, third gets 20, and fourth gets 10….

Fountain of Youth undercard selections, 3/2/19

In addition to the Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes for Kentucky Derby hopefuls, Gulfstream Park features eight graded stakes on a 14-race Saturday program. We’ll preview a pair of those races here. Gulfstream Race 7 (Post time: 2:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $150,000 The Very One Stakes 1 3/16th-miles on turf Several of…

Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…

Maximus Mischief, Mihos matchup highlights Holy Bull

The Grade II, $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes is the feature event this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A field of 10 three-year-olds will line up for this 1 1/16th-mile test in pursuit of precious Kentucky Derby points (10 to the winner down to one point for fourth). Post time for the Holy Bull, Race 11 of…

Moretti is most appealing in Withers

Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile challenge drew a field of seven in search of valuable Kentucky Derby points. The Withers will be run as Race 9 of 10 on the day, with post time scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST. Be sure…

Taking a shot with Copper Bullet in Malibu Stakes

The Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for three-year-old sprinters is the opening day feature this Wednesday at Santa Anita. The prestigious seven-furlong stake drew a field of 14 with two also-eligibles. Post time for the Malibu, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 10-race program, is 7 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure…