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…

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…

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,…

Weekly jockey review, 3/13/19; Derby prep results, Santa Anita news and more

Most of thoroughbred racing’s preeminent winter meetings rolled on last week, with Santa Anita being a notable exception. Fortunately for fans and horsemen, “The Great Race Place” is tentatively scheduled to re-open on Mar. 22. Let’s go over the results from last week, paying close attention to racing from New York and Florida. Aqueduct Manny…

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…

Comebacking Quip highlights Hal’s Hope

The Grade III, $100,000 Hal’s Hope Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The one-mile heat for open company attracted an accomplished field of nine. Post time for the Hal’s Hope, Race 11 of a scheduled 13, is 4:58 p.m. EST. #5 QUIP (4-1) appears to be the horse with the most upside in…

Still Dreaming seeks Sam F. Davis upset

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs’ local prep for next month’s Tampa Bay Derby, drew a field of 10 in search of vital Kentucky Derby points. A total of 17 are at stake, with 10 being awarded to the winner. The 1 1/16th-mile Sam F. Davis will go as the…

Vino Rosso should pour it on late in Jim Dandy

The Grade II, $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes for three-year-olds highlights the Saturday action at Saratoga. A field of five will line up for this key prep toward next month’s Grade I Travers Stakes. Post time for the Jim Dandy, Race 10 on a stakes-rich 11-race card, is 6:18 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and…

Core Beliefs is central to Ohio Derby wagering strategy

The Grade III Ohio Derby is the Saturday feature at Thistledown. A field of 12 three-year-olds will pursue a $500,000 purse in this 1 1/8-mile showdown. Post time for the Ohio Derby, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 6:10 p.m. EST. As always, be sure to take part in FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey…