Swiss Skydiver favored to beat the boys in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $600,000 Blue Grass Stakes is this Saturday’s feature at Keeneland. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds drew a field of 13. Most prominent among them is #7 SWISS SKYDIVER, the multiple graded stakes winning filly. Post time for the Blue Grass Stakes, Race 9 on a 10-race program, is 5:30 p.m. ET….

Tom’s d’Etat seeks fourth straight stakes score in Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $500,000 Stephen Foster Stakes highlights the closing Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of eight, including top-flight handicap horses TOM’S D’ETAT and BY MY STANDARDS, will contest this 1 1/8-mile race. Post time for the Stephen Foster, Race 10 on an 11-race program, is 5:47 p.m. ET. The winner will receive…

Major Cabbie the class of Queens County

Aqueduct’s $125,000 Queens County Stakes is the richest race on the thoroughbred calendar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of seven colts and geldings looking to boost their résumés before year’s end. Post time for the Queens County, the eighth of nine races on the day at “The Big A,” is 3:46…

Admission Office can make the grade in River City Handicap

The Grade III, $175,000 River City Handicap is the feature on an 11-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of 10 will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the turf course. The River City Handicap carries an approximate post time of 5:36 p.m. ET as Race 10 on the program. #9 ADMISSION OFFICE (3-1)…

Breeders’ Cup undercard selections, 11/2/19

The run-up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic features multiple million-dollar races with full fields. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 9 (Post time: 6:20 p.m. ET) The Grade I, $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Mile One mile on turf #5 TRUE VALOUR (20-1) could be sitting on a lifetime-best effort in the Breeders’…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selected analysis, 11/1/19

Breeders’ Cup Friday at Santa Anita features five races for two-year-old colts and fillies. We’ll preview a pair of them below. Santa Anita Race 5 (Post time: 4:12 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Five furlongs on turf #9 FOUR WHEEL DRIVE (3-1, morning-line favorite) will get plenty of attention…

Bal Harbour holds the edge in Fayette

The Grade II, $200,000 Fayette Stakes anchors the final card of the Keeneland fall meet this Saturday. A field of 10 will compete in this 1 1/8-mile event on what’s likely to be a muddy main course. Post time for the Fayette, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. ET. #8 BAL HARBOUR…

Indian Pride makes graded stakes debut in Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. #3 INDIAN PRIDE…

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…

Cambier Parc a deserving favorite in QEII Challenge Cup

The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is the centerpiece race on Keeneland’s Saturday program. A field of nine three-year-old fillies will do battle over 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. #3 CAMBIER PARC (8-5, morning-line favorite) proved…