The race offers 50-20-10-5 Road to the Kentucky Derby points to the top four finishers. That 50-point bonanza to the winner means whoever crosses the wire first is virtually guaranteed a spot in the Kentucky […]
$1 Million Delta Jackpot Features Intriguing Betting Angles
The $ 1 million Delta Downs Jackpot November 22 looks almost as enticing from a betting standpoint as the fattened purse must appear to owners and trainers. Well, almost.
With a field of ten set to the mile and one sixteenth distance around the bullring style track, Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will saddle the 5/2 morning line favorite in Mr. Z who ran a respectable fifth last out in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Since breaking his maiden in June, Mr. Z has run in five consecutive graded stakes races without a victory, but did run second in the Breeders’ Cup Futurity, the Saratoga Special, and the Sanford – grade 1, grade 2, and grade 3 races respectively. In his three route races, Mr. Z has never finished closer than six and a quarter lengths. Bettors will likely take a cautious approach to Mr. Z, who has had a tiring two year-old campaign shipping from Kentucky to California to Louisiana in the last month.
No chinks in Golden Actor's armor
Golden Actor (7/2) enters the race off an impressive stakes score at Delta Downs October 25 giving him a decided home field advantage over most of his primary Jackpot rivals. The well-bred son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin has won two of three career starts, with the lone blemish coming in his debut after a slow break and wide trip left him just three quarters of a length short after a furious stretch rally.
Ocho tries dos turns
California shipper Ocho Ocho Ocho (6/1) is two for two on the west coast including his victory last out in the Juvenile Turf Sprint. Ocho Ocho Ocho has not raced beyond six furlongs, but is bred to handle the distance as a son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense out of a Horse Chestnut mare.
The field is set for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, and looking at the 13 rivals on paper is enough to make any serious handicapper's mouth water. There's simply a ton of betting value here.
Post positions have been drawn, and the oddsmakers have instilled Omaha Beach as the morning line favorite for the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby. The race goes Saturday, May 4th, with 20 runners set to battle 1 1/4 miles on the Churchill Downs dirt track, chasing a purse of $3 million and the first leg of the US Triple Crown.
The defending champ is back in the field for the 2016 Arlington Million on Saturday, but he's being overshadowed by a strong group of foreign invaders.