Jockey recap for Saratoga, Del Mar 2020 summer meets

The prestigious summer seasons at Saratoga and Del Mar wrapped up over the holiday weekend. Let’s recap each one, focusing on jockey achievements. Saratoga Irad Ortiz Jr. survived a strong early bid from Joel Rosario, a late charge from younger brother Jose Ortiz, and a wrist injury that sidelined him for three days to win…

Hopeful, Del Mar Futurity highlight Labor Day action

The curtain comes down on both the Saratoga and Del Mar summer meets on Labor Day. But both circuits are going out with a bang – “The Spa” has 14 races on tap, including the Grade I Hopeful Stakes, while the Grade I Del Mar Futurity anchors an 11-race Monday card “Where the Turf Meets…

Mind Control looks formidable in Forego

Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Forego Stakes has brought forth a solid group of sprinters at Saratoga. There are 11 runners slated to do battle over seven furlongs in this one, including 2018 race winner WHITMORE. Post time for the Forego, the ninth of 11 races at “The Spa” this Saturday, is 5:07 p.m. ET. #10…

Rushing Fall hunts for another Grade I in Diana

The Grade I, $500,000 Diana Stakes is the Sunday showcase race at Saratoga. Six of the best turf fillies and mares in the country will do battle over 1 1/8-miles in this one. Not surprisingly, trainer Chad Brown has the two morning-line favorites in RUSHING FALL and SISTERCHARLIE in an uncoupled entry. Post time for…

Uni out for another Grade I in Fourstardave

The Grade I, $400,000 Fourstardave Handicap is Saturday’s spotlight race at Saratoga. The prestigious one-mile turf heat drew an accomplished field of nine, led by last year’s winner GOT STORMY, defending Breeders’ Cup Mile winner UNI, and multiple Grade I winner RAGING BULL. Post time for the Fourstardave, the ninth of 10 races on Saturday…

Swiss Skydiver should soar once more in Alabama

The Grade I, $500,000 Alabama Stakes will put three-year-old fillies to the test at Saratoga. A field of seven, led by multiple graded stakes winner #5 SWISS SKYDIVER, will go a demanding 1 1/4 miles in this heat. Post time for the Alabama, Race 9 of 11 on the day at “The Spa,” is 5:43…

Saratoga Derby goes through Decorated Invader

The $500,000 Saratoga Derby has drawn eight of the country’s best three-year-old turfers to Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 3/16th-mile heat features multiple graded stakes winner DECORATED INVADER, among other accomplished runners. Post time for the Saratoga Derby, Race 8 on an 11-race card that also features the Grade I Alabama, is 5:07 p.m. ET….

Dunbar Road should dominate Delaware Handicap field

Delaware Park’s centerpiece race, the Grade II, $400,000 Delaware Handicap, is set for Saturday. A field of eight has entered, but both #1 VEXATIOUS and #5 ALWAYS SHOPPING are expected to run in Saturday’s Ruffian Stakes at Belmont instead. That would leave just five others to face the imposing DUNBAR ROAD in this 1 1/8-mile…

Starship Jubilee, Magic Star square off in Suwannee River

The Grade III, $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes anchors Saturday’s action at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8-mile turf event for fillies and mares drew a field of seven. Post time for the Suwannee River, Race 11 of a scheduled 12, is approximately 5:04 p.m. ET. #3 MAGIC STAR (5-2) beat a strong field in the Grade…