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…

Dunbar Road doesn’t scare off many in Alabama

The 2019 rendition of the Grade I, $600,000 Alabama Stakes promises to be a good one. The Saturday feature at Saratoga lured nine accomplished three-year-old fillies, including DUNBAR ROAD. The Alabama, to be contested at 1 1/4-miles, is the featured 10th race on an 11-race program. Post time for the Saratoga staple is 5:59 p.m….

Weekly jockey review, 7/3/19

Belmont’s meet is about to end, while Churchill’s concluded over the weekend. Meanwhile, Los Alamitos just opened for business on Saturday. Here are the jockey highlights for the week that was. Belmont The final week of Belmont’s spring/summer meet has arrived, and Jose Lezcano’s once-commanding lead has shrunk to a narrow two wins over Luis…

Belmont Stakes undercard stakes analysis, 6/8/19

The 151st Belmont Stakes is just one of eight Grade I stakes on Saturday’s 13-race program at Belmont Park. Let’s dive into a pair of the undercard races below. Belmont Race 9 (Post time: 4:46 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $1.2 million Metropolitan Handicap One mile on dirt #2 MCKINZIE (5-2, morning-line favorite) ended a…

Preakness undercard analysis, 5/18/19

The Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes is just one of several graded events at Pimlico this Saturday. Let’s dive into a pair of those undercard races here. Pimlico Race 10 (Post time: 4:05 p.m. Eastern) The Grade III, $150,000 Gallorette Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #3 THEWAYIAM (10-1) makes her second start at age…

Bourbon War a tepid top pick in Preakness

A field of 13 will try their luck in the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico this Saturday. There’s a lack of star power with both disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security and promoted winner Country House bypassing the race along with the sidelined Omaha Beach, but that has served to make the…

Kentucky Derby undercard analysis, 5/4/19

There are stakes races galore in the run-up to the 145th Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled as Race 12 of 14 on Saturday at Churchill Downs. We’ll discuss a pair of them below. Churchill Race 8 (Post time: 2:45 p.m. Eastern) The Grade I, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes Seven furlongs on dirt #8 MITOLE (7-2,…