Core Beliefs is central to Ohio Derby wagering strategy

The Grade III Ohio Derby is the Saturday feature at Thistledown. A field of 12 three-year-olds will pursue a $500,000 purse in this 1 1/8-mile showdown. Post time for the Ohio Derby, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 6:10 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey…

Lightly-raced Hofburg holds value in Kentucky Derby

After months of anticipation, the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby will be held this Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew a field of 20 with one also-eligible. Post time for the Derby, Race 12 of 14 on the day, is 6:50 p.m. EST. Many of America’s top jockeys will be present,…

Weekly jockey review, 4/11/18

Three crucial Kentucky Derby preps, plus opening weekend at Keeneland, are now behind us. Let’s recap the action here, focusing on which jockeys excelled at their respective circuits. Don’t forget to play FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! Aqueduct Junior Alvarado, Manny Franco and Kendrick Carmouche are tied atop the leaderboard one week into the spring…

Kimbear is back to sprinting in Laz Barrera

The Grade III, $100,000 Laz Barrera Stakes for three-year-old sprinters is the Saturday feature at Santa Anita. A talented field of six will line up at the gate at approximately 6:00 p.m. EST for the day’s fifth of nine races. The Laz Barrera will be run at seven furlongs on the main oval. Be sure…

Iliad should produce epic performance in Santa Anita Derby

This Saturday’s feature on a stakes-packed card at Santa Anita is the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby. It’s Race 8 on an 11-race program, and it drew a field of 13. A total of 170 Kentucky Derby points will be awarded to the top four finishers, with 100 going to the victor. Post…

Breeders’ Cup Day 1 selections and jockey analysis

The 33rd annual Breeders’ Cup kicks off at Santa Anita Park this Friday with four championship races, including the long-awaited showdown between SONGBIRD, STELLAR WIND and BEHOLDER in the Distaff. I’ll take a look at two of the four Breeders’ Cup races planned for Friday in this column. In addition to betting the action the…

Exaggerator stands out in field of 14 for Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes is the centerpiece on a star-studded 13-race card at Saratoga this Saturday. Going as the 11th race, post time is estimated at 5:44 p.m. EST. “The Midsummer Derby” drew a full field for the first time since 1977, and contains a mixture of graded stakes winners and up-and-comers….

Jockey Spotlight: Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia’s life story seems like something out of a Hollywood script. He emigrated from Mexico to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a deli in Pleasanton, CA. After learning that Teri Terry, the owner of the deli, owned a horse, Garcia implored her to let him ride, and Terry discovered…

Nyquist takes on ten in Preakness

Fresh off a convincing win in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, #3 NYQUIST (3-5, morning-line favorite) looks to keep his undefeated record intact in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Racecourse this Saturday. The Grade I $1.5 million event is listed as Race 13, and the estimated post time is 6:45 p.m. EST. The second…

Nyquist leads field of 20 for Kentucky Derby

After months of discussion, the field has finally been set for the biggest race of the year; the Kentucky Derby! The mile and a quarter event takes place this Saturday at Churchill Downs, and goes as Race 12 on the program with an approximate post time of 6:34 p.m. EST. As usual there are quite…