Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…

Runaway winners Fashion Faux Pas, Avalina intrigue in Delaware Oaks

The Grade III, $300,000 Delaware Oaks is the feature at Delaware Park this Saturday. Seven three-year-old fillies will test their mettle in this 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Delaware Oaks, Race 7 on a nine-race program, is 4:37 p.m. ET. #4 FASHION FAUX PAS (5-2) dazzled in Delaware’s Light Hearted Stakes last time out,…

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….

Belmont Stakes undercard stakes analysis, 6/8/19

The 151st Belmont Stakes is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Belmont Park. Let’s dive into a pair of the undercard races below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:46 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap One mile on dirt #2 MCKINZIE (5-2, morning-line favorite) ended a…

Zulu Alpha heads competitive Man o’ War field

The first Grade I of the spring/summer meet at Belmont Park, the Man o’ War, is set for this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile turf event pits a field of nine in pursuit of a $700,000 purse. Post time for the Man o’ War, Race 10 on a stakes-laden 11-race program, is 6:24 p.m. ET. Betting…

War Story can earn redemption in Charles Town Classic

The Grade II, $1 million Charles Town Classic is set for Saturday at Charles Town racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile handicap heat drew a field of 10 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Charles Town Classic, Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race program, is 5:37 p.m. Eastern. #9 WAR STORY (7-2, morning-line favorite) has hit…

Hi Happy is a fearsome favorite in the Man o’ War

The Grade I, $700,000 Man o’ War Stakes will be renewed this Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of 10 will test their mettle going 1 3/8-miles on the inner turf course. Post time for the Man o’ War, the finale on an 11-race card, is 6:50 p.m. EST. Plenty of points are on the…

Weekly jockey review, 4/18/18; Santana sews up sixth straight Oaklawn title

There was plenty of stakes action last week, including some crucial Kentucky Derby preps. Let’s review some of the nation’s top circuits here from a jockey’s perspective. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. won 10 races over the first five-day racing week of the year at…

Weekly jockey review, 4/11/18

Three crucial Kentucky Derby preps, plus opening weekend at Keeneland, are now behind us. Let’s recap the action here, focusing on which jockeys excelled at their respective circuits. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Junior Alvarado, Manny Franco and Kendrick Carmouche are tied atop the leaderboard one week into the spring…