Weekly jockey review, 6/19/19; Bejarano wins 4,000th race

There were graded stakes galore offered at Churchill Downs last week, while one rider attained a prestigious personal milestone at Santa Anita. Let’s go over all the action from thoroughbred racing from last week, focusing on jockey achievements. Belmont Jose Lezcano maintains a comfortable lead at the Belmont spring/summer meeting that ends in three weeks….

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…

Zulu Alpha looms large in Elkhorn

Saturday’s feature race at Keeneland is the Grade II, $250,000 Elkhorn Stakes. The 1 1/2-mile event takes place on the lawn and attracted 10 runners. Post time for the Elkhorn, Race 9 of 10 on the day, is 5:30 p.m. Eastern. #10 ZULU ALPHA (8-5, morning-line favorite) goes for his third straight stakes victory in…

Vekoma can punch his Kentucky Derby ticket in Blue Grass Stakes

The Grade II, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes highlights opening Saturday at Kentucky’s historic Keeneland racecourse. The 1 1/8-mile event for three-year-olds attracted a field of 14. Going as Race 10 of 11, post time for the Blue Grass is 6:23 p.m. EST. The winner is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby starting…

War of Will should overwhelm Louisiana Derby field

The Grade I, $1 million Louisiana Derby takes place this Saturday at the historic Fair Grounds racecourse in New Orleans. The 1 1/8-mile race awards 100 Kentucky Derby points to the winner, assuring them a starting spot in the “Run for the Roses.” Second place receives 40 points, third gets 20, and fourth gets 10….

Weekly jockey review, 3/19/19; Rebel day results and more

Oaklawn Park took most of the national attention last week with the split Rebel Stakes on Saturday, but there was also important racing going on at Aqueduct and Gulfstream. Let’s review the results here, noting which jockeys did best. We’ll also include an update on Santa Anita. Aqueduct Manny Franco has all but wrapped up…

Jala Jala holds value in Inside Information

The Grade II, $200,000 Inside Information Stakes highlights the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted eight runners. Post time for the Inside Information Race 11 of 13 on the day, is estimated for 5:37 p.m. EST. #1 JALA JALA (6-1) has compiled an impressive record in her native…

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…

Weekly jockey review, 2/19/19; Ortiz Jr. seizes command at Gulfstream

It’s time to recap the horse racing action from the extended holiday week that featured two Kentucky Derby preps. We’ll make stops across the country highlighting some of the best jockey performances over the last few days. Aqueduct It was a mostly quiet week for Manny Franco, as he won just twice at Aqueduct and…