Weekly jockey review, 07/31/19

Racing continues at the two most prestigious meets of the summer, Saratoga and Del Mar. FanXT highlights the jockey achievements at those respective circuits below as well as Monmouth Park. Saratoga Jose Ortiz leads all riders at “The Spa” with 18 wins after three weeks of racing. He piloted six victors last week, including Highest…

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 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,…

Moretti is most appealing in Withers

Aqueduct’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues on Saturday with the Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile challenge drew a field of seven in search of valuable Kentucky Derby points. The Withers will be run as Race 9 of 10 on the day, with post time scheduled for 4:30 p.m. EST. Be sure…