Weekly jockey review, 11/6/19; Breeders’ Cup recap

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, with a special focus on Santa Anita and last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup. Irad Ortiz Jr. won the most Breeders’ Cup races of any jockey in 2019; four to be exact. He was aboard favored Four Wheel Drive in Friday’s Juvenile Turf Sprint and…

McKinzie should crush the competition in Awesome Again

The Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is set for Saturday at Santa Anita. A field of six will be tasked with a 1 1/8-mile journey on the main course. Post time for the Awesome Again, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is…

Tom’s d’Etat could top contentious Woodward field

The Grade I, $750,000 Woodward Stakes is the closing Saturday feature at Saratoga. Nine of the best handicap horses in the nation will try their luck in this 1 1/8-mile heat. Post time for the Woodward, Race 11 of 12 on the day, is 6 p.m. ET. #9 TOM’S D’ETAT (4-1) is trending in the…

Thunder Snow seeks first stateside win in Whitney

The Grade I, $1 million Whitney Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted eight runners, five of which have earned over $1 million on the track. Post time for the Whitney, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #4 THUNDER SNOW…

Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

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…

Nolo Contesto holds value in Robert B. Lewis

The Grade III, $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes anchors the action at Santa Anita this Saturday. A potentially sloppy track could throw a wrench into the works, but with little wet-track form to go on, handicappers shouldn’t worry about having to dramatically alter their strategy. Post time for the 1 1/16th-mile Robert B. Lewis, the…

Taking a shot with Copper Bullet in Malibu Stakes

The Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for three-year-old sprinters is the opening day feature this Wednesday at Santa Anita. The prestigious seven-furlong stake drew a field of 14 with two also-eligibles. Post time for the Malibu, Race 9 on a stakes-laden 10-race program, is 7 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure…

Accelerate must deal with McKinzie in Breeders’ Cup Classic

The highly-anticipated Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic takes place for the 35th time, with Churchill Downs playing host this Saturday. A field of 14 with two also-eligibles has signed on for this 1 1/4-mile challenge that carries Horse of the Year implications. The Classic goes as Race 11 of 12 on the day,…