Practical Joke should get perfect setup in Cigar Mile

The last Grade I of the year in New York, the $750,000 Cigar Mile, takes place this Saturday at Aqueduct. The main-track handicap drew a field of 10 looking to end their 2017 campaign on a high note. The last of 10 races on a spectacular card, the Cigar will go off at 4:16 p.m….

Roy H, Ransom the Moon rematch headlines Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Santa Anita Park plays host to the Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship this Saturday. The six-furlong dirt sprint drew a field of six with Breeders’ Cup aspirations. Going as Race 6 on a 10-race program, post time for the race is approximately 6:02 p.m. EST. Study the entire Santa Anita card carefully if…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…

Plenty of value to be had in the Haskell

Monmouth’s biggest race of the year, the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational, takes place this Sunday. Seven three-year-old colts, all of whom participated in the Triple Crown series, will fight it out over 1 1/8th-miles on the main course. The Haskell goes as Race 12 of 14, with an approximate post time of 5:47…

Sistercharlie brings solid French form to Belmont Oaks

The 1 1/4-mile Belmont Oaks is part of a tremendous 11-race card at Belmont Park this Saturday. The $1 million turf heat drew a field of 12 fillies in pursuit of Grade I glory. It goes as the eighth race of the day; approximate post time is 5:46 p.m. EST. Preeminent turf trainer Chad Brown…

McCraken, Tapwrit to battle in the Blue Grass

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes is the feature on the opening Saturday of the Keeneland spring meet. Seven Kentucky Derby hopefuls will line up in pursuit of valuable points toward the big race, with 100 to be awarded to the winner. Undefeated MCCRACKEN is among the entrants for the 1 1/8th-mile race,…

Finding a Fountain of Youth win won’t be easy for Irish War Cry

The Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes is the feature on a fantastic Saturday card at Gulfstream. A Kentucky Derby prep worth 50 points to the winner down to five points for fourth, the 1 1/16th-mile test drew 11 runners. Post time for the Fountain of Youth, the 13th and final on the day…

Jockey Spotlight: Jose Ortiz

Since 2012 Jose Ortiz and his older brother, Irad Jr., have dominated the NYRA circuit. But Jose finally got one over on Irad this year, as he won the Angel Cordero Award at the recently-concluded Saratoga meet for most wins by a jockey a year after his brother won it in 2015. That accomplishment has…

Stakes-winning juveniles square off in Hopeful Stakes

Seven two-year-old colts are expected to line up for the traditional Saratoga finale, the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, on Monday afternoon. Going as Race 10 on an 11-race program, post time for the $350,000 event is estimated at 5:44 p.m. EST. The Hopeful offers valuable points in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game, so be sure…