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…

Sadler’s Joy holds the edge in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap anchors the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 11 plus five AEs and MTOs. Post time for the Red Smith, Race 9 of 10 at “The Big A” this Saturday, is 3:47 p.m. ET. #7 SADLER’S JOY (8-5, morning-line favorite) looks…

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…

Admission Office can make the grade in River City Handicap

The Grade III, $175,000 River City Handicap is the feature on an 11-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of 10 will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the turf course. The River City Handicap carries an approximate post time of 5:36 p.m. ET as Race 10 on the program. #9 ADMISSION OFFICE (3-1)…

Breeders’ Cup undercard selections, 11/2/19

The run-up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic features multiple million-dollar races with full fields. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 9 (Post time: 6:20 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile One mile on turf #5 TRUE VALOUR (20-1) could be sitting on a lifetime-best effort in the Breeders’…

Belmont Empire Showcase Day picks and plays; 10/19/19

The best of the New York-breds will be front-and-center at beautiful Belmont Park this Saturday. Eight state-bred stakes worth over $1 million combined are on the slate. FanXT will dive into a pair of these races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 1:59 p.m. ET) The $200,000 Mohawk Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #3 VOODOO…

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…

Vintager a value selection in Shadwell Turf Mile

The Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile pits 14 high-level grass horses against one another at Keeneland this Saturday. The prestigious event, which carries an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile, goes as the 10th of 11 races on a stakes-laden program at the Lexington oval. Estimated post time for the Shadwell Turf…

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…