Code of Honor leads intriguing cast in Jockey Club Gold Cup

The prestigious Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup will be renewed this Saturday at Belmont Park. A compact but quality field of five will assemble for this 1 1/4-mile test that carries an automatic bid to the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2. Post time for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Race 10 on…

Weekly jockey review, 8/28/19; Travers day recap and more

The prestigious summer meets at Saratoga and Del Mar have boiled down to their final week. We’ll set the stage for the finale here, focusing mainly on the highlights from Travers weekend at “The Spa.” Saratoga Jose Ortiz’s lead at “The Spa” was cut into by his older brother, Irad, setting things up for an…

Code of Honor should triumph in Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes, the traditional centerpiece of the Saratoga meeting, will be renewed for the 150th time this Saturday. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew full field of 12. Post time for the Travers, Race 11 of 13 on the day, is 5:44 p.m. ET. #2 CODE OF HONOR (4-1) crushed his…

Global Campaign could break out in Jim Dandy

The Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes puts three-year-olds in the spotlight at Saratoga this Saturday. A compact but quality field of six will line up in the gate for this 1 1/8-mile test that’s a logical prep for next month’s Travers Stakes. The Jim Dandy, going as Race 11 of 12 on the day,…

Tacitus, War of Will look hard to beat in Belmont

The Grade I, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, the Triple Crown’s third and final jewel, will be run for the 151st time this Saturday at Belmont Park. There’s no Triple Crown on the line this year, but 10 three-year-olds with Eclipse Award aspirations have assembled for the “Run for the Carnations.” The Belmont Stakes, set for…

Tacitus a tepid top pick in Kentucky Derby 

One of America’s premier horse racing events, the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby, is set for Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/4-mile classic drew 21 entrants, but the defections of favored #12 OMAHA BEACH (4-1) and longshot #11 HAIKAL (30-1) saw that number shrink to 19. The “Run for the Roses,” which goes…

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…

Tax tries to add to Derby point total in wide-open Wood Memorial

Aqueduct’s final Kentucky Derby prep, the Grade II, $750,000 Wood Memorial, is set for Saturday. The 1 1/8-mile heat drew a field of 11 looking for vital Derby points. The winner will receive 100 points, the runner-up 40, third 20 and fourth 10. Post time for the Wood Memorial, Race 10 on an 11-race program,…

Win Win Win should live up to his name in Tampa Bay Derby

The Grade II, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, the centerpiece race of the year at Tampa Bay Downs, takes place this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat drew a field of 11 seeking valuable Kentucky Derby points. Fifty will go to the winner, down to five for finishing fourth. Post time for the Tampa Bay Derby is…