March to the Arch an appealing upset candidate in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The one-mile turf heat drew a field of 10 led by morning-line favorite UNI, a mare running against the boys. Post time for the Fourstardave, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #1 MARCH…

Weekly jockey review, 8/8/19

The first weekend of August was filled to the brim with stakes action at Saratoga and Del Mar. We’ll recap the highlights here, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga The Ortiz brothers top the standings at Saratoga with four weeks of racing in the books. Jose leads older sibling Irad 27-22 after winning nine times last…

Weekly jockey review, 07/31/19

Racing continues at the two most prestigious meets of the summer, Saratoga and Del Mar. FanXT highlights the jockey achievements at those respective circuits below as well as Monmouth Park. Saratoga Jose Ortiz leads all riders at “The Spa” with 18 wins after three weeks of racing. He piloted six victors last week, including Highest…

Global Campaign could break out in Jim Dandy

The Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight at Saratoga this Saturday. A compact but quality field of six will line up in the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test that’s a logical prep for next month’s Travers Stakes. The Jim Dandy, going as Race 11 of 12 on the day,…

Weekly jockey review, 7/24/19; Saez is sharp at Saratoga, Monmouth

The Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets are in full swing, and FanXT has the highlights from last week at these circuits covered below. Haskell weekend at Monmouth Park will also be discussed. Saratoga Jose Ortiz won eight times at “The Spa” last week to take the lead in the Saratoga jockey standings. Among his…

King for a Day, Maximum Security meet again in Haskell

Monmouth Park’s biggest annual event, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-olds drew a field of seven led by the one-two finishers in the Pegasus Stakes (the local prep), KING FOR A DAY and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the Haskell, Race 12 of 14…

Weekly jockey review, 7/10/19; Lezcano conquers Belmont meet

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont, Monmouth and Los Alamitos will be in the spotlight. Belmont Jose Lezcano earned his first NYRA riding title at the Belmont spring/summer meet, as he held off Luis Saez 44-43. He capped off the meeting with a three-win final…

Weekly jockey review, 7/3/19

Belmont’s meet is about to end, while Churchill’s concluded over the weekend. Meanwhile, Los Alamitos just opened for business on Saturday. Here are the jockey highlights for the week that was. Belmont The final week of Belmont’s spring/summer meet has arrived, and Jose Lezcano’s once-commanding lead has shrunk to a narrow two wins over Luis…

Sprinting talent flocks to Gulfstream for Smile, Princess Rooney

The Summit of Speed, a traditional summer staple of the southern Florida racing schedule, is set for Saturday at Gulfstream. The Princess Rooney and Smile Sprint Stakes each drew a field of seven. Both races are discussed below. Gulfstream Race 12 (Post time: 5:30 p.m. Eastern) The Grade II, $250,000 Princess Rooney Stakes Seven furlongs…

Weekly jockey review, 6/26/19; Saez bags a dozen at Belmont

Summer racing is in full swing with Belmont and Monmouth going strong on the east coast. Meanwhile, out west, Santa Anita’s marathon meet that was marred with controversy came to a close last weekend. We’ll review all the action here, highlighting jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano is still the leading rider at Belmont as the…