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…

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, 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…

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…