Do Share seeks stakes glory in Gravesend

The $100,000 Gravesend Stakes for open-company sprinters will be contested this Saturday at Aqueduct. A field of eight will go postward in this six-furlong affair at approximately 3:17 p.m. EST. The Gravesend is the seventh race on a nine-race program. As always, feel free to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game! #2 DO…

Girvin’s a slam dunk in Ohio Derby

The Grade III, $500,000 Ohio Derby takes place at Thistledown this Saturday. A field of nine colts (seven betting interests) looking to establish themselves in the second half of their sophomore campaigns will line up for this 1 1/8-mile test. They’ll go in the gate at about 5:30 p.m. EST for the program’s eighth of…

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…

Classic Empire is favored in potentially chaotic Kentucky Derby

The first Saturday in May is quickly approaching, which means the Grade I, $2 million Kentucky Derby is nearly here. Churchill Downs, as usual, will be the site for arguably the most prestigious horse race on the calendar. A full field of 20 three-year-old colts will line up for the ten-furlong challenge on the main…

Patch joins familiar faces in Louisiana Derby

Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans, LA hosts the Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby this Saturday. The marquee 1 1/8th-mile event drew a field of nine in pursuit of valuable Kentucky Derby points. 100 points go to the winner (essentially an automatic berth into “The Run for the Roses”), 40 to the runner-up, 20…

American Anthem aims for stakes glory in Rebel

The Grade II, $900,000 Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn’s penultimate Kentucky Derby prep, is the feature at the Arkansas oval this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile event drew a field of 11 looking for their share of 85 Kentucky Derby points (50 to the winner). Post time for the Rebel, the 10th race of the day, is 6:06…

Jockey Spotlight: Ricardo Santana Jr.

Ricardo Santana Jr. is an up-and-coming rider from Panama that’s making a name for himself at America’s top racing venues. He got his start at Delaware Park in 2009, and by 2012, he was the venue’s leading rider. In 2013, Santana won his first of four straight riding titles at Oaklawn, and he’s there again…

LeComte leads the way on Louisiana’s Derby trail

New Orleans’ Fair Grounds racecourse is the site for the Grade III, $200,000 LeComte Stakes this Saturday. A field of 12 with Kentucky Derby ambitions will go a mile and 70 yards on the main oval. Scheduled as the program’s 11th race, post time is estimated at 6:00 p.m. EST. Don’t forget to check out…

Jockey Spotlight: Shaun Bridgmohan

The well-traveled Shaun Bridgmohan is going on 20 years in the saddle, and though he is reducing the volume of mounts he takes on these days, he is still considered by many to be one of the better jockeys in the country. Bridgmohan immigrated to America from Jamaica at age 13 and ‘paid his dues’…

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…