Weekly jockey review, 3/28/18; Fair Grounds title comes down to the wire

Aqueduct, Gulfstream and the Fair Grounds all wrap up their winter meets this week. We’ll take a look at last week’s action from those locales as well as Santa Anita in this week’s jockey review. Be sure to try out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco has effectively secured leading rider honors at…

Bravazo looms large in Louisiana Derby

The Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby will be renewed this Saturday at New Orleans’ historic Fair Grounds racecourse. A field of 10 looking to bolster their Kentucky Derby résumés will take part in this prestigious 1 1/8-mile heat. Post time for the Louisiana Derby, the 11th of 14 scheduled races, is 6:21 p.m. EST….

Latch onto Patch in West Virginia Derby

Mountaineer plays host to the Grade III, $750,000 West Virginia Derby this Saturday on a special afternoon card. The 1 1/8-mile stake drew a field of 11 three-year-olds hailing from several different locations. Post time for the West Virginia Derby, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 5:21 p.m. EST. Don’t forget about…

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…

‘Hedge’ your bets in Illinois Derby

After a one-year hiatus, the Grade III Illinois Derby is back at Hawthorne. The 1 1/8th-mile challenge will pit seven three-year-olds against each other in pursuit of a $250,000 purse. The race could also serve as a stepping stone toward a start in the Preakness Stakes. Post time for the Illinois Derby, the fifth race…

Weekly jockey review, 4/5/17; Gulfstream, Fair Grounds finales

A busy week in racing was also one of transition, as Gulfstream Park and Fair Grounds Racecourse concluded their marquee winter meets. We’ll examine the jockey results from the final weeks at those tracks here, as well as the waning days of the Oaklawn and Santa Anita meets and the beginning of the brief Aqueduct…

Patch joins familiar faces in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, LA hosts the Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday. The marquee 1 1/8th-mile event drew a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points. 100 points go to the winner (essentially an automatic berth into “The Run for the Roses”), 40 to the runner-up, 20…

Nyquist, Exaggerator to renew rivalry in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade II, $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby is the feature event at Parx Racing on Saturday, and it drew a star-studded field of 12. Leading the way are Kentucky Derby winner NYQUIST and Preakness Stakes winner EXAGGERATOR, who will square off for the sixth time in their respective careers (NYQUIST holds a 3-2 advantage). They’ll…

Jockey Spotlight: Florent Geroux

To watch Florent Geroux give seemingly perfect ride after perfect ride, one would believe horsemen were drawn to his innate ability almost immediately. But it’s been a tumultuous journey to the top for the 30-year-old Frenchman. When Geroux, then the leading apprentice in France, came to the states in 2007 he planned to ride the…