Vasilika can run winning streak to nine in Matriarch

The Grade I, $300,000 Matriarch Stakes is the feature on closing Sunday at Del Mar. The one-mile grass event drew a full field of 14, led by VASILIKA. The Matriarch goes as Race 7 of 9 on the day, with an estimated post time of 6:30 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be…

Class-rising Copper Town could prove best in Cigar

The final Grade I of the year in New York, the $750,000 Cigar Mile, is set for Saturday at Aqueduct. Eight handicap horses will try their luck in the one-turn test. Going as Race 9 of 10 on a stakes-laden card, post time for the Cigar is 3:45 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and…

Seeking the Soul aims for Clark repeat

The Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap for older horses is the Friday feature at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile classic drew a field of nine led by last year’s winner, SEEKING THE SOUL. Post time for the Clark, Race 11 of a scheduled 12, is 5:56 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part…

Aqueduct-loving Call Provision gets the nod in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Stakes is the feature on Saturday at Aqueduct. There are 10 turf runners in the body of the field along with three AEs and three MTOs. Post time for the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 3:47 p.m. EST. As always, feel…

Breeders’ Cup Friday selections, jockey analysis

Two-year-old champions will emerge as the Breeders’ Cup begins on Friday at Churchill Downs. Five races for juveniles, including the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, comprise Races 5 through 9 on the Churchill card. We’ll discuss two of them here. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily…

Longshot looms in wide-open Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes is the feature at Keeneland this Saturday. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies drew an oversubscribed field of 16, including two also-eligibles. It goes as the ninth of 10 races on the day, with post time estimated for 5:30 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure…

Weekly jockey review, 10/17/18; Van Dyke soars to top at Santa Anita

The traditional Breeders’ Cup preps are behind us, but the fall meets continue at Belmont, Keeneland and Santa Anita. We’ll review the action at each circuit here, zeroing in on which jockeys are outperforming the competition. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Irad Ortiz Jr. has taken…