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….

Independence Hall seeks fourth straight score in Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. The local prep for the Tampa Bay Derby, the Sam F. Davis drew a field of eight. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, Race 11 of 12 on the program, carries an approximate post time of 5:29 p.m. ET. #4 INDEPENDENCE…

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…