Picco Uno can earn redemption in Garland of Roses

The Garland of Roses Stakes for filly and mare sprinters is the Saturday feature at Aqueduct. A competitive field of seven will go six furlongs over the main course in pursuit of a $100,000 purse. Post time for the Garland of Roses, the eighth of nine races on the card, is 3:47 p.m. EST. As…

Cigar Mile day undercard picks and jockey analysis; 12/2/17

The Grade I Cigar Mile is just one of four stakes scheduled for Saturday at Aqueduct. We’ll take a look at the Go For Wand, Demoiselle and Remsen here. You can find my Cigar Mile selections here. Don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Race 6: The Grade III Go…

Key Keen Ice in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The historic Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be renewed this Saturday at Belmont Park. The 1 1/4-mile dirt test drew a field of seven looking to boost their Breeders’ Cup Classic credentials. Post time for the Jockey Club Gold Cup is approximately 5:23 p.m. EST; it’s the 10th of 11 races. In…

West Coast seeks another east coast win in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is this Saturday’s feature race at Parx. Travers winner WEST COAST leads a cast of 10 three-year-old colts who will head postward at approximately 5:45 p.m. EST. The Pennsylvania Derby is the 11th race on a 13-race program that also features the Grade I, $1 million Cotillion. Several…

Weekly jockey review, 7/5/17; Gaffalione dominates at Gulfstream

It was a busy holiday weekend in the horse racing world. There were extra days of racing, high-class stakes heats and meet finales going on across the country. We’ll recap how some of the game’s best jockeys fared at various tracks from Belmont to Santa Anita here. Be sure to consider this information carefully for…

Sprint stakes galore on Saturday at Gulfstream, Santa Anita

Gulfstream Park plays host to the “Summit of Speed” this Saturday, co-anchored by the Grade II Princess Rooney and the Grade III Smile Sprint. Both events carry a $250,000 purse and are “Win and You’re In” races for the Breeders’ Cup in November. The Princess Rooney is for fillies and mares going seven furlongs, while…

Yorkiepoo Princess the one to beat in the Busher

Kentucky Oaks-minded fillies will be in the spotlight at Aqueduct this Saturday, as the $150k Busher Stakes is the feature. The 1 1/16th-mile event, worth 50 points toward the Kentucky Oaks to the winner down to five points for fourth, drew a field of 10. Post time for the Busher, the eighth race of the…

Gulfstream Park picks and jockey analysis for 1/14/17

A trio of graded stakes awaits us at Gulfstream Park this Saturday! The Grade II Ft. Lauderdale for older turf horses anchors the action, followed by the Grade III Hal’s Hope for older horses on dirt and the Grade III Marshua’s River for turf fillies and mares earlier in the day. With 12 races on…

Jockey Spotlight: Paco Lopez

Paco Lopez is among the game’s most underrated riders. The 31-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico topped 2,000 career wins on Dec. 4 at Gulfstream Park, and he’s dominated at Monmouth Park since 2010. In fact, Lopez won the 2014 Monmouth meet by 62 wins, amassing more victories than the next two jockeys combined. He won…