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…

Focus Group should get first Grade I score in United Nations

The Grade I, $300,000 United Nations Stakes will bring some top turf runners together at Monmouth Park this Saturday. The 1 3/8-mile heat drew a field of eight. Post time for the United Nations, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is approximately 5:28 p.m. ET. #4 FOCUS GROUP (2-1, morning-line favorite) was empty late in…

Man o’ War undercard analysis, 5/10/19

Man o’ War day at Belmont Park features four stakes races in addition to the main event, which is discussed here. We’ll go over a pair of those undercard races below. Belmont Race 4 (Post time: 3:08 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes 1 1/8-miles on dirt #1 INTREPID HEART (7-5, morning-line…

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…

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, 5/17/17; oldies golden in golden state

In this week’s review we’ll discuss opening weekend at Monmouth Park and continue to chronicle the jockey battles at Belmont, Churchill and Santa Anita. Be sure to put this information to use in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Irad Ortiz Jr. is unsurprisingly the top rider at “Big Sandy” by both wins (19) and…

Irish invader Zhukova intrigues in Man o’ War

The Grade I, $400,000 Man o’ War Stakes is the feature on a potentially soggy Saturday at Belmont Park. This field of eight will have their mettle tested at 1 3/8 miles on a grass course that’s likely to be listed as yielding or soft. Post time for the Man o’ War, the eighth of…

Red Smith, Discovery headline Saturday card at Aqueduct

A twin-bill of graded stakes highlights the Saturday action at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack. Older turfers will go 1 3/8 miles in the Grade III Red Smith Handicap in Race 7, while three-year-olds occupy the traditional feature slot, Race 8 of 9, in the Grade III Discovery Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the main…