Maximum Security seeks rare upset victory in Breeders’ Cup Classic

The Grade I, $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic will conclude Saturday’s lucrative championship card at Keeneland racecourse. Going as the 12th race on the program, the 1 1/4-mile affair drew a field of 10, led by the Bob Baffert-trained trio of IMPROBABLE, AUTHENTIC and MAXIMUM SECURITY. Post time for the 37th annual Breeders’ Cup Classic…

Tiz the Law the class of the Kentucky Derby, but scramble is on for second

The Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby will finally take place at Churchill Downs this Saturday following a four-month postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The delay did little to abate the anticipation for the 1 1/4-mile classic, though it definitely narrowed down the list of win candidates. #17 TIZ THE LAW was set as…

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…

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…