Improbable far from impossible in Arkansas Derby

The Grade I Arkansas Derby, the final 170-point Kentucky Derby prep, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/8-mile dirt event drew a field of 11, led by both of last month’s Rebel division winners, OMAHA BEACH and LONG RANGE TODDY, as well as Bob Baffert’s IMPROBABLE. Post time for the Arkansas Derby, Race…

Weekly jockey review, 3/19/19; Rebel day results and more

Oaklawn Park took most of the national attention last week with the split Rebel Stakes on Saturday, but there was also important racing going on at Aqueduct and Gulfstream. Let’s review the results here, noting which jockeys did best. We’ll also include an update on Santa Anita. Aqueduct Manny Franco has all but wrapped up…

Galilean gets first shot vs. open company in Rebel

Oaklawn Park will be the site for two crucial Kentucky Derby preps on Saturday, as they split their Grade II Rebel Stakes into two divisions. The first division of the 1 1/16th-mile heat, which drew a field of nine, is slated for Race 8. Approximate post time for the $750,000 Rebel is 5:57 p.m. EST….

Weekly jockey review, 1/17/18; Stevens opens strong at Oaklawn

There was plenty of thoroughbred action over the holiday weekend, most notably at Oaklawn, which just opened its annual meeting. Aqueduct also raced for the first time in 2018 after some weather-related delays. We’ll go over five different tracks spanning both coasts and see which jockeys are thriving in their respective colonies. As always, remember…

Weekly jockey review, 11/15/17; Prat pours it on at Del Mar

Here’s a round-up of who’s riding hot at some of the nation’s preeminent racing venues. These jockeys will look to keep the momentum going as the lucrative Thanksgiving weekend approaches. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. springboarded to his customary spot atop the Aqueduct leaderboard after a seven-win…

Latch onto Patch in West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer plays host to the Grade III, $750,000 West Virginia Derby this Saturday on a special afternoon card. The 1 1/8-mile stake drew a field of 11 three-year-olds hailing from several different locations. Post time for the West Virginia Derby, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 5:21 p.m. EST. Don’t forget about…

Indiana Derby selections, jockey analysis; 7/15/17

The Grade III, $500,000 Indiana Derby takes place Saturday night at Indiana Grand race course. Notable runners from the Triple Crown trail such as IRAP, WILD SHOT and UNTRAPPED are present in the 11-horse field. Post time for the Indiana Derby, the ninth of 10 races, is 9:49 p.m. EST. They’ll go 1 1/16-miles on…

Jockey Spotlight: Jon Court

The well-respected Jon Court may have turned 56 this year, but he’s still riding at the upper echelon of the game. He just earned his 4,000th win at Turfway Park on Dec. 3 and doesn’t have plans to retire any time soon. “[Retirement] is a topic that comes up quite regularly,” Court told Oaklawn Park’s…