Jockey recap for Saratoga, Del Mar 2020 summer meets

The prestigious summer seasons at Saratoga and Del Mar wrapped up over the holiday weekend. Let’s recap each one, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga Irad Ortiz Jr. survived a strong early bid from Joel Rosario, a late charge from younger brother Jose Ortiz, and a wrist injury that sidelined him for three days to win…

Derby points up for grabs in Gotham Stakes

Aqueduct hosts their penultimate Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade III, $300,000 Gotham Stakes, this Saturday. A field of 11 has assembled for this one-turn mile on the main course that carries 85 Derby points. Post time for the Gotham, the finale on a 10-race program, is 5:42 p.m. ET. #10 UNTITLED (4-1) was fourth in…

Firenze Fire should bring the heat in General George

The Grade III, $250,000 General George Stakes is the feature race at Laurel Park this Saturday. The seven-furlong affair drew a field of nine older sprinters, led by the classy FIRENZE FIRE. Post time for the General George, Race 8 on a nine-race program, is 3:49 p.m. ET. #6 FIRENZE FIRE (4-5, morning-line favorite) takes…

Shotski seeks second straight stakes score in Withers

Eight three-year-olds will go postward in pursuit of precious Kentucky Derby points in Saturday’s Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. The Grade III, $250,000 event carries 17 points in all, divided 10-4-2-1 to the first through fourth-place finishers. Post time for the 1 1/8-mile Withers, the eighth of nine races on the program, is 4:25 p.m. ET….

Firenze Fire packs punch along with extra pounds in Fall Highweight

The Grade III, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, a longtime Thanksgiving staple at Aqueduct, will be renewed this Thursday. The six-furlong sprint drew a field of nine, led by multiple graded stakes winner FIRENZE FIRE. He’ll tote 134 pounds when the gate opens for the Fall Highweight, the seventh of nine on Thanksgiving Day at “The…

Weekly jockey review, 11/20/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. remains on top at the current Aqueduct meet that runs until Dec. 8 with 18 victories. Five of those trips to the winner’s circle were made last week. He’s six wins clear…

Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

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…