Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

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…

Arklow leads win-starved Joe Hirsch field

The Grade I, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic highlights Saturday’s card at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2 event drew a field of seven with Breeders’ Cup Turf aspirations. Post time for the Joe Hirsch, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 4:50 p.m. ET. #5 ARKLOW (3-1) has had a bit of bad luck…

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…

Basin should sink foes in Hopeful

The Grade I, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes is the closing day feature at Saratoga. Seven aspiring two-year-olds will do battle over seven furlongs on what might be a muddy main course. Post time for the Hopeful, Race 10 of 11 on Monday afternoon, is 5:39 p.m. ET. #7 BASIN (5-1) earned a strong speed figure when…

Tom’s d’Etat could top contentious Woodward field

The Grade I, $750,000 Woodward Stakes is the closing Saturday feature at Saratoga. Nine of the best handicap horses in the nation will try their luck in this 1 1/8-mile heat. Post time for the Woodward, Race 11 of 12 on the day, is 6 p.m. ET. #9 TOM’S D’ETAT (4-1) is trending in the…

Thunder Snow seeks first stateside win in Whitney

The Grade I, $1 million Whitney Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted eight runners, five of which have earned over $1 million on the track. Post time for the Whitney, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #4 THUNDER SNOW…

Seismic Wave seeks redemption in Belmont Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Belmont Derby is among the many important races taking place at Belmont Park this Saturday. The first leg of the initial Turf Trinity series drew a field of 14. Post time for the Belmont Derby, Race 9 on an 11-race card, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #3 SEISMIC WAVE (5-1) was…

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….