Apreciado worth long look in Louisville

The Grade III, $100,000 Louisville Stakes will be renewed at Churchill Downs this Saturday. A field of 12 will be tasked with a 1 1/2-mile journey on the turf in this one. Post time for the Louisville, the finale on an 11-race program, is 6:22 p.m. ET. #3 APRECIADO (12-1) looms a potential upset candidate…

Royal Act seeks crowning achievement in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds’ centerpiece race, the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby, will be run this Saturday at the historic New Orleans oval (5 p.m., NBCSN). Fourteen colts and geldings (plus two also-eligibles) will be tasked with a 1 3/16th-mile journey on the main track. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, which brings down the curtain…

Ready to Roll to upset victory in Risen Star? (Division I)

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes drew a total of 23 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, so the race was broken up into two divisions by Fair Grounds track management. We’ll discuss the first division of the local prep for the Louisiana Derby here. The 1 1/8-mile heat goes as Race 12 of 13 on Saturday,…

Tiz the Law appears best in potentially-muddy Kentucky Jockey Club

The Grade II, $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes puts two-year-olds in the spotlight at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which carries 17 total points toward the Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1), drew nine juveniles carrying dreams of wearing roses in May. Post time for the Kentucky Jockey Club, Race 11 of a scheduled 12,…

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, 9/25/19

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, highlighting the most noteworthy jockey performances. We’ll start on the east coast with Belmont before moving west to Los Alamitos. Belmont Manny Franco remains in front at the Belmont fall meet as the competition bunches up behind him. Franco tallied four winners at…

Weekly jockey review, 9/18/19

FanXT dives into the week that was in horse racing, highlighting jockey achievements on both coasts. Belmont Manny Franco has bounced back from a rough Saratoga meet to take the lead in the Belmont fall season. He’s in front of Jose Lezcano 13-11 through two weeks. Franco notched 10 wins last week on the strength…

Competitive Iroquois, Pocahontas Stakes kick off Churchill meet

Two-year-olds take center stage at Churchill Downs on Saturday as fillies compete in the Pocahontas Stakes while males go in the Iroquois Stakes, a 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby prep. Previews of both races are below. Churchill Race 9 (Post time: 4:53 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on dirt #7 BRITISH IDIOM…

Snapper Sinclair is capable of taking the Tourist Mile

The $750,000 Tourist Mile is the feature on the opening Saturday of the lucrative Kentucky Downs meeting. A field of 14 (including two also-eligibles) will battle it out on a European-style turf course. Post time for the Tourist, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 5:11 p.m. ET. #1 SNAPPER SINCLAIR (8-1) switches back…