Largent a live longshot in Ft. Lauderdale

The Grade II, $200,000 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes anchors an 11-race Saturday card at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf affair drew a field of 10, led by a pair of Breeders’ Cup class-droppers in FACTOR THIS and HALLADAY. Post time for the Ft. Lauderdale, Race 10 on the day at Gulfstream, is 4:40 p.m. ET….

Red Knight out for revenge on Sadler’s Joy in Red Smith

The Grade III, $100,000 Red Smith Stakes is the feature on Saturday’s 10-race program at Aqueduct. A field of 11 will be tested over 1 3/8-miles on the inner turf course. That includes the 2019 winner of the Red Smith, SADLER’S JOY. Post time for the 2020 renewal of the Red Smith, Saturday’s ninth at…

Empire Classic highlights state-bred Saturday program at Belmont

The $175,000 Empire Classic anchors Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park. We’ll cover the main event of the day, along with an undercard race, below. Belmont Race 6 (Post time: 2:53 p.m. ET) The $175,000 Empire Distaff 1 1/16th-miles on dirt #2 RATAJKOWSKI (2-1, morning-line favorite) should defend her Empire Distaff title despite exiting…

Happy Saver can topple Tacitus in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The Grade I, $250,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup, the annual centerpiece of Belmont’s fall meet, is set for Saturday. A field of five will go the classic 1 1/4-mile distance on the main oval in this one. Topping the entries are undefeated three-year-old HAPPY SAVER and four-year-old TACITUS, a winner of nearly $3 million. Post…

Firenze Fire could deliver vintage effort in Vosburgh

The Grade II, $150,000 Vosburgh Stakes is the Saturday feature at Belmont Park. The six-furlong sprint, carrying “Win and You’re In” status for November’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, drew an accomplished field of six. Post time for the Vosburgh, Race 9 on a 10-race card, is 5:14 p.m. ET. #5 FIRENZE FIRE (7-2) could get overlooked…

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…

Mind Control looks formidable in Forego

Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Forego Stakes has brought forth a solid group of sprinters at Saratoga. There are 11 runners slated to do battle over seven furlongs in this one, including 2018 race winner WHITMORE. Post time for the Forego, the ninth of 11 races at “The Spa” this Saturday, is 5:07 p.m. ET. #10…

Uni out for another Grade I in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $400,000 Fourstardave Handicap is Saturday’s spotlight race at Saratoga. The prestigious one-mile turf heat drew an accomplished field of nine, led by last year’s winner GOT STORMY, defending Breeders’ Cup Mile winner UNI, and multiple Grade I winner RAGING BULL. Post time for the Fourstardave, the ninth of 10 races on Saturday…

Uni looks best in Just A Game

The Grade I, $250,000 Just A Game Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Belmont Park. The one-mile grass event for fillies and mares drew a solid field of seven. Post time for the Just A Game, Race 10 on an 11-race program that features three additional graded stakes, is 6:08 p.m. ET. #6 UNI (7-5, morning-line…

Mystic Guide, Pneumatic may spoil Maxfield’s return in Matt Winn

The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this Saturday with Churchill’s Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which lured 12 runners, is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) toward Sept. 5’s “Run for the Roses.” The Matt Winn goes as Race 10 of 11 on the day, and post time is 5:44 p.m….