Winning Colors, Mint Julep co-anchor Saturday card at Churchill

Two Grade III stakes carrying $100,000 purses highlight Saturday’s 11-race program at historic Churchill Downs. The Winning Colors for filly and mare sprinters goes as Race 7, while the Mint Julep for filly and mare turfers brings down the curtain as Race 11. We’ll preview both events from a betting perspective below. Churchill Race 7…

Mystic Guide, Pneumatic may spoil Maxfield’s return in Matt Winn

The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this Saturday with Churchill’s Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which lured 12 runners, is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) toward Sept. 5’s “Run for the Roses.” The Matt Winn goes as Race 10 of 11 on the day, and post time is 5:44 p.m….

Echo Town eligible to spring upset in Bachelor

Three-year-old sprinters will be in the spotlight this Saturday at Oaklawn in the $100,000 Bachelor Stakes. A field of nine has assembled for the six-furlong event, led by Grade I winner EIGHT RINGS and Gazebo Stakes winner LONG WEEKEND. The Bachelor, Race 9 of 11 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:45…

Lady Apple out for redemption in Apple Blossom

The Grade I, $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap for older fillies and mares is the Saturday feature at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16th-mile event drew an accomplished field of 14 from across the country. Post time for the Apple Blossom, Race 10 of 11 on a card that also includes the Grade III Count Fleet Sprint…

Mr. Money can post mild upset in Oaklawn Mile

The second running of the Oaklawn Mile, set for Saturday at Oaklawn Park on a card that also includes the Oaklawn Stakes, drew a fascinating field of 14. TOM’S D’ETAT, the 2019 winner of the Grade I Clark, figures to take the most action but appears beatable. Here’s our analysis of the Oaklawn Mile, which…

Nadal should ace Rebel Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Rebel Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight this Saturday at Oaklawn Park. A field of eight will vie for a total of 85 Kentucky Derby points (paid out 50-20-10-5) in this 1 1/16th-mile affair. Post time for the Rebel, the 10th of 11 races on Saturday, is 6:23 p.m. ET….

Ready to Roll to upset victory in Risen Star? (Division I)

The Grade II, $400,000 Risen Star Stakes drew a total of 23 Kentucky Derby hopefuls, so the race was broken up into two divisions by Fair Grounds track management. We’ll discuss the first division of the local prep for the Louisiana Derby here. The 1 1/8-mile heat goes as Race 12 of 13 on Saturday,…

Weekly jockey review, 11/20/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. remains on top at the current Aqueduct meet that runs until Dec. 8 with 18 victories. Five of those trips to the winner’s circle were made last week. He’s six wins clear…

Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

Basin should sink foes in Hopeful

The Grade I, $350,000 Hopeful Stakes is the closing day feature at Saratoga. Seven aspiring two-year-olds will do battle over seven furlongs on what might be a muddy main course. Post time for the Hopeful, Race 10 of 11 on Monday afternoon, is 5:39 p.m. ET. #7 BASIN (5-1) earned a strong speed figure when…