Thursday Afternoon Spot Plays at Belmont Park

Thursday afternoon starts the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Elmont, New York. The New York Racing Association has a massive three days of thoroughbred racing in store headlined by Justify’s attempt at history in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday. With a plethora of opportunities to score out over the weekend let’s try to get things started on Thursday with a few bankroll building spot plays during the solid 9-race card. Race 3 #3 Mybigitalianfriend is one of seven first-time starters [...]

Justify: The Latest Success Story for Baffert and Smith

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Question: What do Justify, Arrogate, Abel Tasman, West Coast, Drefong, McKinzie, Mastery, and Mor Spirit all have in common? Answer: They all won Grade 1 races for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, arguably the most powerful trainer/jockey duo in U.S. racing over the last two years. Baffert and Smith have been in the headlines as of late thanks to their success with the unbeaten Kentucky [...]

2018 Preakness Stakes Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey Mike Smith aboard Kentucky Derby winner Justify - Coady Photography Every year, bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees, and jockey assignments. In contrast, the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Racecourse never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but that doesn’t mean that the second leg [...]

2018 Kentucky Derby Jockey Facts and Trends

Jockey John Velazquez guides Always Dreaming to victory in the 2017 Kentucky Derby - Coady Photography It was the most improbable of victories—an unknown longshot named Mine That Bird surging past his more heralded rivals to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby at the stunning odds of 50-1. While Mine That Bird deserves much of the credit for his unforgettable triumph on the first Saturday in May—you don’t win the Derby without talent!—there’s no doubt that jockey Calvin Borel [...]

Early Pick 5 Analysis for Florida Derby Day at Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos) The Gulfstream Park racing office has put together quite a card on Saturday afternoon headlined by the Grade 1 Florida Derby. The 14-race extravaganza offers horseplayers several opportunities at massive pools with none bigger than the mandatory payout in the Rainbow 6 commencing in Race 9. Before that six-race sequence there is a Pick 5 that we can use to hopefully build our bankroll for the rest of the card. Here are my thoughts [...]

East or West, who holds the stronger Kentucky Derby hand?

It’s a light week ahead on the Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, so now’s a good time to take stock of the division following the first 50- points-to-the winner-prep race. With less than seventy-five days until the first Saturday of May racing fans are continuing to formulate opinions on the crop of 2018. With that comes the discussion of whether an East or West Coast based horse is likeliest to find the winners’ circle at this [...]

Lanerie Wins Five Races on Churchill Card and is Named Jockey of the Week

From JockeyTalk360: Corey Lanerie won five races on a single card at Churchill Downs, including the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes, and was named Jockey of the Week for May 30 – June 4, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. When jockey Corey Lanerie began his day on the Churchill Downs Saturday card, he had a [...]

By |June 9th, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|Tags: |

Tyler Gaffalione Leads in Wins, Named Jockey of the Week

From Jockey Talk 360: Tyler Gaffalione led the North American jockey colony by wins last week and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for May 22 - 29. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend of racing, many jockeys impressed in individual graded races from coast to coast, [...]

By |May 31st, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|

JockeyTalk360: Julien Leparoux Rules the Arkansas Derby, Honored as Jockey of the Week

From JockeyTalk360: After his performance in the Arkansas Derby and leading all North American jockeys by earnings, Julien Leparoux was named Jockey of the Week for April 10-16, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. The last two Kentucky Derby prep races of the season were held on Saturday; however, only the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby (G1) [...]

By |April 19th, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|Tags: , |

Jockey Talk 360 Names Mike Smith Jockey of the Week

From JockeyTalk360: Mike Smith’s responsive and talented ride on Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup led the Hall of Fame jockey to be honored as Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for March 20-26, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. On a weekend when sports fans were divided by college basketball allegiances, racing fans across [...]

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Jockeys, RacingWire|