Zulu Alpha looks tough in Kentucky Turf Cup

The Grade III, $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup is Saturday’s feature race at Kentucky Downs. The 1 1/2-mile event brought out 16 of the country best grass runners, though only 12 will start. Post time for the Kentucky Turf Cup, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 6:04 p.m. ET. #10 ZULU ALPHA (7-5,…

American Turf, Pat Day Mile highlight Kentucky Derby undercard

In addition to the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs’ Saturday program is chock-full of stakes races and solid wagering opportunities. We’ve narrowed things down to our two best bets on the undercard. Churchill Race 8 (Post time: 2:55 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $500,000 American Turf Stakes 1 1/16th-miles on turf #5…

Gamine, Swiss Skydiver collide in Kentucky Oaks

The Grade I, $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks is Friday’s feature at Churchill Downs on the eve of the Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-old fillies drew a field of nine, though two horses figure to take the bulk of the betting action – #1 SWISS SKYDIVER (8-5) and #5 GAMINE (EVEN, morning-line favorite)….

Tiz the Law should prove too tough for Florida Derby field

The centerpiece race of Gulfstream Park’s championship meet, the Grade I, $750,000 Florida Derby, is set for Saturday. A field of 12 (plus one also-eligible) will contest this 1 1/8-mile heat worth 170 total Kentucky Derby points (paid 100-40-20-10). The Florida Derby, which goes as the 14th and final race on a card loaded with…

Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

Marquee Prince a contender in crowded Commonwealth Turf

The Grade III, $175,000 Commonwealth Turf is the Saturday feature at historic Churchill Downs. A field of 14 three-year-olds (plus two AEs) flooded the entry box for this 1 1/16th-mile turf heat. Post time for the Commonwealth Turf, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:36 p.m. ET. #5 MARQUEE PRINCE (8-1) had a…

Bal Harbour holds the edge in Fayette

The Grade II, $200,000 Fayette Stakes anchors the final card of the Keeneland fall meet this Saturday. A field of 10 will compete in this 1 1/8-mile event on what’s likely to be a muddy main course. Post time for the Fayette, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. ET. #8 BAL HARBOUR…

Indian Pride makes graded stakes debut in Raven Run

The Grade II, $250,000 Raven Run Stakes anchors the Saturday action at Keeneland racecourse in Kentucky. The seven furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted a solid field of 11. The Raven Run, which goes as Race 9 of 10 on the day, has an estimated post time of 5:30 p.m. ET. #3 INDIAN PRIDE…

Weekly jockey review, 9/18/19

FanXT dives into the week that was in horse racing, highlighting jockey achievements on both coasts. Belmont Manny Franco has bounced back from a rough Saratoga meet to take the lead in the Belmont fall season. He’s in front of Jose Lezcano 13-11 through two weeks. Franco notched 10 wins last week on the strength…

Got Stormy’s momentum should roll on in Woodbine Mile

The Grade I, $1 million Woodbine Mile anchors the Saturday card at Canada’s Woodbine racecourse. A field of 11, led by Fourstardave winner GOT STORMY (a filly), will line up at the gate for the richest race of the weekend. Post time for the prestigious turf heat, Race 9 of 12 on the day, is…