Improbable far from impossible in Arkansas Derby

The Grade I Arkansas Derby, the final 170-point Kentucky Derby prep, takes place this Saturday at Oaklawn. The 1 1/8-mile dirt event drew a field of 11, led by both of last month’s Rebel division winners, OMAHA BEACH and LONG RANGE TODDY, as well as Bob Baffert’s IMPROBABLE. Post time for the Arkansas Derby, Race…

Weekly jockey review, 4/10/19; Castellano wins early and often at Keeneland

It was a super Saturday for horse racing, as the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby were held at Aqueduct, Keeneland and Santa Anita, respectively. Let’s review the results for the week at each circuit, focusing on the top jockey performances. Aqueduct Manny Franco and Jose Lezcano both got off to successful…

Game Winner should garner Kentucky Derby auto-bid in Santa Anita Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby drew just six runners, but it’s a quality field. The 1 1/8-mile heat attracted the likes of GAME WINNER, ROADSTER, and INSTAGRAND. Going as Race 8 on an 11-race card that also includes the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap, estimated post time for the Santa Anita Derby is…

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….