Hollywood Gold Cup highlights Santa Anita Derby undercard

In addition to the Santa Anita Derby, there are six other stakes races taking place at Santa Anita this Saturday. That includes the other Grade I on the program, the Hollywood Gold Cup. We previewed a pair of these races below. Santa Anita Race 7 (Post time: 6:34 p.m. ET) The $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes…

Gift Box attempts title defense in Santa Anita Handicap

The historic Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap is set for Saturday. The traditional centerpiece race of the Santa Anita winter meet, the “Big ‘Cap” drew a field of eight. Post time for the 1 1/4-mile heat, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 7:03 p.m. ET. #4 GIFT BOX (6-5, morning-line favorite) was…

Thunder Snow seeks first stateside win in Whitney

The Grade I, $1 million Whitney Stakes is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic attracted eight runners, five of which have earned over $1 million on the track. Post time for the Whitney, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:46 p.m. ET. #4 THUNDER SNOW…

Gift Box should top stacked Stephen Foster

The Grade II, $600,000 Stephen Foster Stakes is the feature race on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of 12 will crowd the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on an 11-race program; estimated post time is 9:47 p.m. ET. #6 GIFT BOX (3-1, morning-line favorite) gets…

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…

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…

Accelerate should speed away with the San Diego

The Grade II, $200,000 San Diego Handicap, a prelude to next month’s Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic, takes place at the historic Del Mar Thoroughbred Club this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 10, led by multiple Grade I winner ACCELERATE. Post time for the San Diego, Race 7 of 10…

Dr. Dorr goes for Gold Cup at Santa Anita

The Grade I, $500,000 Santa Anita Gold Cup takes place this Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew a field of seven that combines solid division leaders with some intriguing up-and-comers. The Gold Cup goes as the fifth of nine races on the day, and post time is 5:30 p.m. EST. Don’t…