Restoring Hope ready to roll in Wood Memorial

Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby concludes this Saturday with the 94th running of the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial. A field of nine three-year-olds will vie for 170 Derby points (with 100 going to the winner) over 1 1/8-miles. The Wood Memorial is the 10th race on a stakes-laden 11-race card; approximate post time…

Juvenile champ Good Magic returns in Fountain of Youth

Kentucky Derby points are on the line in Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Fifty of those points go to the winner of this 1 1/16th-mile heat, down to five points to fourth place. A field of 10 three-year-olds will line up at approximately 6:09 p.m. EST for Gulfstream’s 14th…

Combatant could get revenge on Mourinho in Southwest Stakes

The Grade III, $500,000 Southwest Stakes for three-year-olds will highlight the action on President’s Day at Oaklawn Park. A field of 11 has been entered for the 1 1/16th-mile heat worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. The Southwest goes as Race 9 on a 10-race program, with post time scheduled for 6:10 p.m….

Enticed a tempting bet in Holy Bull

The Grade II, $350,000 Holy Bull Stakes is the Saturday feature at Gulfstream Park. A field of 11 three-year-old colts will line up for this 1 1/16th-mile test. The Holy Bull is worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, down to one point for running fourth. Post time for the Holy Bull, the finale…

Bal Harbour seeks third straight stakes score in Mucho Macho Man

The $100,000 Mucho Macho Man Stakes is the featured race at Gulfstream Park this Saturday. Though it doesn’t carry any points toward the Kentucky Derby, the one-mile dirt stake is still an important stepping stone toward the first Saturday in May. A field of eight three-year-old colts will line up at the starting gate at…

Weekly jockey review, 11/29/17; Lanerie, Prat wrap up meet titles

It’s time to review the thoroughbred action from Thanksgiving week! See which jockeys are riding high going into December. And don’t forget to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Manny Franco has a narrow lead over the Ortiz brothers after a six-win week at “The Big A.” That included an 11-1 upset…

Weekly Jockey Review 10/12/17; Desormeaux dominates at Santa Anita

Here’s a review of last week’s coast-to-coast thoroughbred action from a jockey standpoint. See which riders are hot and which are not as October rolls along. And as always, feel free to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Belmont Irad Ortiz Jr. has usurped command of the Belmont jockey battle, winning nine races over…

‘Hedge’ your bets in Illinois Derby

After a one-year hiatus, the Grade III Illinois Derby is back at Hawthorne. The 1 1/8th-mile challenge will pit seven three-year-olds against each other in pursuit of a $250,000 purse. The race could also serve as a stepping stone toward a start in the Preakness Stakes. Post time for the Illinois Derby, the fifth race…