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…

Valedictorian can wire the field in Yellow Ribbon

The Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap is the Saturday feature at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile turf heat for fillies and mares drew a talented and well-traveled field of nine. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, Race 8 of 10 at Del Mar, is approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. #6 VALEDICTORIAN (6-1) is an intriguing…

Concrete Rose a deserving favorite in Saratoga Oaks

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational will be run this Friday at Saratoga racecourse. The second leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, the 1 3/16th-mile heat drew a field of six. Post time for the Saratoga Oaks, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 5:51 p.m. ET. #5 CONCRETE ROSE (2-5, morning-line favorite) has…

King for a Day, Maximum Security meet again in Haskell

Monmouth Park’s biggest annual event, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds drew a field of seven led by the one-two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes (the local prep), KING FOR A DAY and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the Haskell, Race 12 of 14…

Olendon adds international intrigue to Belmont Oaks

The Grade I, $750,000 Belmont Oaks, the first leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, is one of several graded stakes being contested at Belmont Park this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile heat drew a field of nine female grass specialists. Post time for the Belmont Oaks, Race 7 of 11, is 4:30 p.m. ET. #1 OLENDON…

Weekly jockey review, 7/3/19

Belmont’s meet is about to end, while Churchill’s concluded over the weekend. Meanwhile, Los Alamitos just opened for business on Saturday. Here are the jockey highlights for the week that was. Belmont The final week of Belmont’s spring/summer meet has arrived, and Jose Lezcano’s once-commanding lead has shrunk to a narrow two wins over Luis…

Weekly jockey review, 6/19/19; Bejarano wins 4,000th race

There were graded stakes galore offered at Churchill Downs last week, while one rider attained a prestigious personal milestone at Santa Anita. Let’s go over all the action from thoroughbred racing from last week, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano maintains a comfortable lead at the Belmont spring/summer meeting that ends in three weeks….

Rushing Fall can build on perfect Keeneland record in Jenny Wiley

Older female turfers will be in the spotlight at Keeneland on Saturday in the Grade I, $350,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile event goes as Race 10 on an 11-race program that also includes the Grade III Lexington Stakes for Kentucky Derby aspirants. Post time for the eight-horse Jenny Wiley is 6:12 p.m. Eastern….