Good Samaritan should spring Whitney upset

The historic Grade I, $1.2 million Whitney Stakes will be renewed for the 91st time at Saratoga this Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile classic drew nine of the best older males in America, led by DIVERSIFY and MIND YOUR BISCUITS. Post time for the Whitney, Race 9 of 11 on the day, is 5:46 p.m. EST….

Backyard Heaven should continue win streak in Stephen Foster

The Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is the centerpiece on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A field of nine older males will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the main course. The Stephen Foster goes as Race 8 on a stakes-laden 11-race program; post time is 9:39 p.m. EST. Remember to take part in…

Honorable Duty can capture Clark Handicap

The Grade I, $500,000 Clark Handicap is the feature on “Black Friday” at Churchill Downs. A field of nine will be asked to go 1 1/8-miles over the main track in this prestigious event. Scheduled as the 11th of 12 races on the day, post time for the Clark is 5:56 p.m. EST. Don’t forget…

Weekly jockey review, 6/21/17; all hail Hernandez

Let’s review the week that was in horse racing and see which jockeys are presently in front of the pack. We’ll discuss the action at some of the major circuit meetings currently taking place, including Belmont, Churchill and Santa Anita. As always, be sure to apply this information when taking part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy…

Gun Runner sets sights on Stephen Foster

The Grade I, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap is the headliner on a special Saturday night card at Churchill Downs. Eight runners will step into the gate at approximately 9:43 p.m. EST for the program’s eighth of the evening. They’ll go 1 1/8-miles on Churchill’s main oval. GUN RUNNER (4-5, morning-line favorite) is the highweight and…

Jockey Spotlight: Miguel Mena

It’s hard to believe, but Miguel Mena’s career was almost derailed by alcohol addiction. Fortunately for the talented Peruvian jockey, he was able to get help and is now thriving at the upper echelon of the sport. “I made mistakes,” Mena said in a 2010 interview with the Post-Star. “But I learned from my mistakes…

Jockey Spotlight: Joe Bravo

Joe Bravo is a veteran jockey best known for his success in his native New Jersey. Born in Long Branch, ‘Jersey Joe’ has been the leading rider at Monmouth a staggering 13 times, and the Meadowlands thoroughbred meet champion nine times. “He just rides [Monmouth] the right way,” Stewart Elliott, a colleague of Bravo told…

Jockey Spotlight: Brian Hernandez Jr.

Some things just run in the family. Brian Hernandez Jr. knew at a young age that he wanted to be a jockey just like his father. “I just I grew up on [racing].” he told ESPN in a 2013 profile. “My dad started riding, and I was like 3 the first time I went to the…

Can Eagle soar past Effinex in the Stephen Foster?

Grade I glory is on the line in the Stephen Foster Handicap this Saturday at Churchill Downs! A field of seven, led by even-money favorite #3 EFFINEX, is set to go a mile and an eighth on the main oval in one of the premier events for older horses on the calendar. It’ll go as…