Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…

Jersey Agenda is a breakout candidate in Southwest Stakes

Oaklawn Park’s Presidents Day feature is the Grade III, $500,000 Southwest Stakes, which lured 11 three-year-olds. The second milestone on Arkansas’ road to the Kentucky Derby is worth 10 Derby points to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Southwest, the ninth of 10 races on the day at Oaklawn, goes postward at 6:09 p.m. EST. #5…

City of Light should top Accelerate again in Pegasus World Cup

The highly-anticipated Grade I, $9 million Pegasus World Cup will finally take place this Saturday at Gulfstream Park. A star-studded field of 12 will contest the 1 1/8-mile event that’s already become a red-letter day on the horse racing calendar. Post time for the Pegasus World Cup, the finale on a 12-race program loaded with…

Springboard Mile top two return in Smarty Jones

The opening day feature this Friday at Oaklawn Park is the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. Nine Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up for the one-mile affair. There are 10 Derby points available to the winner, down to one point for fourth. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! #7…

Breeders’ Cup Saturday selections, jockey analysis

Eight Breeders’ Cup races will take place at Churchill Downs before the Classic goes off at 5:44 p.m. EST, with the Filly & Mare Sprint kicking off the action at Noon. We’ll dive into a pair of those races here. Be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Churchill Race 5 (Post…

Unique Bella should get back on track in Beholder Mile

The Grade I, $400,000 Beholder Mile drew a compact but quality field of six led by UNIQUE BELLA, VALE DORI and PARADISE WOODS. Santa Anita plays host to the illustrious event this Saturday; estimated post time is 7:30 p.m. EST. The Beholder Mile goes as Race 9 on a 10-race program. In addition to watching…

Weekly jockey review, 4/18/18; Santana sews up sixth straight Oaklawn title

There was plenty of stakes action last week, including some crucial Kentucky Derby preps. Let’s review some of the nation’s top circuits here from a jockey’s perspective. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. won 10 races over the first five-day racing week of the year at…

Weekly jockey review, 4/11/18

Three crucial Kentucky Derby preps, plus opening weekend at Keeneland, are now behind us. Let’s recap the action here, focusing on which jockeys excelled at their respective circuits. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Junior Alvarado, Manny Franco and Kendrick Carmouche are tied atop the leaderboard one week into the spring…

Asmussen holds top pair in Sunland Derby

The Grade III, $800,000 Sunland Derby offers 12 three-year-olds 85 Kentucky Derby points this Sunday.  Sunland Park’s annual keystone event, the Sunland Derby will be contested at 1 1/8-miles over the main track. It goes as the 11th of 12 races, with an approximate post time of 7:15 p.m. EST. Some noteworthy riders will make…