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…

Class-rising Copper Town could prove best in Cigar

The final Grade I of the year in New York, the $750,000 Cigar Mile, is set for Saturday at Aqueduct. Eight handicap horses will try their luck in the one-turn test. Going as Race 9 of 10 on a stakes-laden card, post time for the Cigar is 3:45 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and…

Hofburg is the one to hold off in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby, Parx’s annual centerpiece event, takes place this Saturday. The prestigious 1 1/8-mile heat for three-year-olds attracted a field of 10. Post time for the Pennsylvania Derby, Race 11 on a lucrative 13-race program, is 5:45 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, be sure to take part…

Expect formful results despite full field in Woodward

The historic Grade I, $750,000 Woodward Stakes highlights the final Saturday card of the year at Saratoga. A full field of 14 will contest this 1 1/8-mile event. The Woodward goes as Race 11 of 12; approximate post time is 6:47 p.m. EST. In addition to watching and wagering, don’t forget to take part in…

King Zachary seeks crowning achievement in Travers

The Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes is set for Saturday at Saratoga. A field of 11, led by Haskell winner GOOD MAGIC, will contest this classic event for three-year-olds. The distance for the “Midsummer Derby” is 1 1/4-miles. Going as Race 11 on a 13-race program, the Travers is scheduled for 5:44 p.m. EST….

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…

West Coast seeks another east coast win in Pennsylvania Derby

The Grade I, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby is this Saturday’s feature race at Parx. Travers winner WEST COAST leads a cast of 10 three-year-old colts who will head postward at approximately 5:45 p.m. EST. The Pennsylvania Derby is the 11th race on a 13-race program that also features the Grade I, $1 million Cotillion. Several…

Gritty Gunnevera can upset the Travers

A stacked field of 12 has assembled for the 148th running of the Grade I, $1.25 million Travers Stakes this Saturday at Saratoga. The 1 1/4-mile event is as wide-open as any rendition in recent memory and has attracted three-year-old colts from all across the country. Going as Race 11 on a stakes-laden 13-race card,…