Firenze Fire should be first home in the Gotham

The Grade III, $300,000 Gotham Stakes for three-year-olds is the Saturday feature at Aqueduct. Fifty Kentucky Derby points are available to the winner, down to five points to the fourth-place finisher. The one-mile Gotham attracted a field of nine, which will be led to the gate at 5:42 p.m. EST. It’s the final event on…

Catholic Boy should be convincing winner of Sam F. Davis

The Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, the local stepping stone to the Tampa Bay Derby, is the Saturday feature at Tampa Bay Downs. A field of seven Kentucky Derby aspirants will assemble for this 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Sam F. Davis, the 10th of 12 races on the card, is…

Marconi looks like a Withers winner

New York’s road to the Kentucky Derby continues with Saturday’s Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct. Six colts will clash in this 1 1/8-mile contest at approximately 4:35 p.m. EST. The Withers is the eighth of a scheduled nine races. Be sure to study this heat carefully if playing FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!…

Can Cloud Computing conquer El Areeb in the Gotham?

A field of ten has assembled for Aqueduct’s penultimate prep for the Kentucky Derby; the Gotham Stakes. It’s a Grade III event worth $300,000 and it will be run at 1 1/16th miles on the inner dirt course. The race offers 50 Derby points to the winner down to five points for fourth. Post time…

El Areeb stands out in the Withers

The Grade III, $250,000 Withers Stakes for three-year-olds is the feature at Aqueduct this Saturday. The race is worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner down to one point for the 4th-place finisher. Jerome Stakes winner #4 EL AREEB is the headliner, but he faces nine up-and-coming opponents at 1 1/16th-miles. The Withers is…

Jockey Spotlight: Kendrick Carmouche

Kendrick Carmouche has established himself as one of the better riders in the game since relocating from Parx to the NYRA circuit in 2015. He’s won multiple graded stakes since moving there full-time and posted career highs in earnings in back-to-back years. He had won four straight riding titles at Parx from 2008 to 2011…

Red Smith, Discovery headline Saturday card at Aqueduct

A twin-bill of graded stakes highlights the Saturday action at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack. Older turfers will go 1 3/8 miles in the Grade III Red Smith Handicap in Race 7, while three-year-olds occupy the traditional feature slot, Race 8 of 9, in the Grade III Discovery Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the main…

Jockey Spotlight: Manny Franco

Manny Franco has been one of the better jockeys on the NYRA circuit since 2013, and is just beginning to establish himself as a top-quality stakes rider. Franco had a productive year as an apprentice in 2013. He got his career started at Aqueduct then moved to Monmouth Park for the summer, where he was…