Late-blooming Standard Deviation the smart wager in Hollywood Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Hollywood Derby brings some of the best three-year-old turf runners to Del Mar this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted 13 runners from all over the country. Post time for the Hollywood Derby, Race 8 of a scheduled 10, is approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. #9 STANDARD DEVIATION (6-1) was last…

Bal Harbour holds the edge in Fayette

The Grade II, $200,000 Fayette Stakes anchors the final card of the Keeneland fall meet this Saturday. A field of 10 will compete in this 1 1/8-mile event on what’s likely to be a muddy main course. Post time for the Fayette, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. ET. #8 BAL HARBOUR…

Maximum Security resurfaces in Bold Ruler

The Grade III, $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap is the closing Saturday feature at Belmont Park. A field of eight, led by Haskell winner MAXIMUM SECURITY, will line up in this seven-furlong dirt sprint. Post time for the Bold Ruler, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 4:40 p.m. ET. #1 MAXIMUM SECURITY (Even, morning-line…

Pat On the Back merits respect in Kelso

The Grade II, $300,000 Kelso Handicap, a key prep for November’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, is set for Saturday at Belmont Park. A field of seven will contest the one-mile event on the main course. Post time for the Kelso, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:57 p.m. ET. #3 PAT ON THE…

Valedictorian can wire the field in Yellow Ribbon

The Grade II, $200,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap is the Saturday feature at Del Mar. The 1 1/16th-mile turf heat for fillies and mares drew a talented and well-traveled field of nine. Post time for the Yellow Ribbon, Race 8 of 10 at Del Mar, is approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. #6 VALEDICTORIAN (6-1) is an intriguing…

Concrete Rose a deserving favorite in Saratoga Oaks

The inaugural $750,000 Saratoga Oaks Invitational will be run this Friday at Saratoga racecourse. The second leg in NYRA’s newly-minted Turf Tiara, the 1 3/16th-mile heat drew a field of six. Post time for the Saratoga Oaks, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 5:51 p.m. ET. #5 CONCRETE ROSE (2-5, morning-line favorite) has…

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…

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…