Instilled Regard looks live in LeComte

The Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes, the first stepping stone in Louisiana toward the Kentucky Derby, is the Saturday feature at the Fair Grounds. A full field of 14 (and one also-eligible) will crowd the gate for this one mile and 70-yard test. Post time for the LeComte, the ninth of 13 races, is set…

Weekly jockey review, 1/10/17; Bridgmohan has super Sunday

It’s time to discuss the week that was in horse racing from a jockey perspective. See which riders are on top of their games at the moment. And don’t forget to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Racing was canceled for the entire week due to winter weather conditions in New York. Five…

Shivermetimbers can spring stakes upset in Santa Anita’s Sham

The Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes is Santa Anita’s Saturday feature. The race drew a field of seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls after important points toward the first Saturday in May (10 points to the winner down to one point for fourth). Post time for the Sham, a one-mile dirt heat, is 5:34 p.m. EST. It…

Bal Harbour seeks third straight stakes score in Mucho Macho Man

The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes is the featured race at Gulfstream Park this Saturday. Though it doesn’t carry any points toward the Kentucky Derby, the one-mile dirt stake is still an important stepping stone toward the first Saturday in May. A field of eight three-year-old colts will line up at the starting gate at…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…

Plenty of value to be had in the Haskell

Monmouth’s biggest race of the year, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Sunday. Seven three-year-old colts, all of whom participated in the Triple Crown series, will fight it out over 1 1/8th-miles on the main course. The Haskell goes as Race 12 of 14, with an approximate post time of 5:47…

Santa Anita selections, jockey analysis for 6/24/17

The Affirmed Stakes and Precisionist Stakes highlight the action at Santa Anita this Saturday. Three-year-olds will throw it down in the Affirmed, led by Kentucky Derby third-place finisher BATTLE OF MIDWAY, while older horses will do battle in the Precisionist. Both are Grade III events carrying $100,000 purses, and both go at 1 1/16th-miles on…

Girvin’s a slam dunk in Ohio Derby

The Grade III, $500,000 Ohio Derby takes place at Thistledown this Saturday. A field of nine colts (seven betting interests) looking to establish themselves in the second half of their sophomore campaigns will line up for this 1 1/8-mile test. They’ll go in the gate at about 5:30 p.m. EST for the program’s eighth of…

Epicharis adds international intrigue to Belmont Stakes

The Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes failed to attract both the Derby and Preakness winners, but the 2017 cast for the oldest jewel in the Triple Crown is a solid one. There are several interesting runners in this field of 12, many of whom will make their Triple Crown series debut, or in the…