Sadler’s Joy holds the edge in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap anchors the Saturday action at Aqueduct. The 1 3/8-mile turf heat drew a field of 11 plus five AEs and MTOs. Post time for the Red Smith, Race 9 of 10 at “The Big A” this Saturday, is 3:47 p.m. ET. #7 SADLER’S JOY (8-5, morning-line favorite) looks…

Arklow leads win-starved Joe Hirsch field

The Grade I, $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic highlights Saturday’s card at Belmont Park. The 1 1/2 event drew a field of seven with Breeders’ Cup Turf aspirations. Post time for the Joe Hirsch, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 4:50 p.m. ET. #5 ARKLOW (3-1) has had a bit of bad luck…

Competitive Iroquois, Pocahontas Stakes kick off Churchill meet

Two-year-olds take center stage at Churchill Downs on Saturday as fillies compete in the Pocahontas Stakes while males go in the Iroquois Stakes, a 10-4-2-1 Kentucky Derby prep. Previews of both races are below. Churchill Race 9 (Post time: 4:53 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on dirt #7 BRITISH IDIOM…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 3/13/19; Derby prep results, Santa Anita news and more

Most of thoroughbred racing’s preeminent winter meetings rolled on last week, with Santa Anita being a notable exception. Fortunately for fans and horsemen, “The Great Race Place” is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Mar. 22. Let’s go over the results from last week, paying close attention to racing from New York and Florida. Aqueduct Manny…

Aqueduct-loving Call Provision gets the nod in Red Smith

The Grade III, $200,000 Red Smith Stakes is the feature on Saturday at Aqueduct. There are 10 turf runners in the body of the field along with three AEs and three MTOs. Post time for the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith, the eighth of nine races on the day, is 3:47 p.m. EST. As always, feel…

Oscar Nominated seeks repeat score in Kentucky Turf Cup

The centerpiece of the five-day Kentucky Downs meet, the Grade III, $750,000 Kentucky Turf Cup, takes place this Saturday. A full field of 12 with an additional four also-eligibles has been entered for this 1 1/2-mile event. Post time for the Kentucky Turf Cup, the finale on a 10-race Saturday card, is 6:59 p.m. EST….

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…

Mike Maker quartet leads Kentucky Turf Cup

The Grade III, $600,000 Kentucky Turf Cup headlines the Saturday action at Kentucky Downs. The 1 1/2-mile grass clash lured a full field of 12 and two also-eligibles. The Turf Cup goes as the last of 10 races; estimated post time is 6:42 p.m. EST. Plenty of top jockeys will make the trip this Saturday,…