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 […]
$100,000 American Derby Draws Field of Seven Sophomores
Mark Casse will saddle World Approval as the morning line favorite at 2-1 odds. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the gray son of Northern Afleet has won two […]
Mark Casse will saddle World Approval as the morning line favorite at 2-1 odds. Bred and owned by Live Oak Plantation, the gray son of Northern Afleet has won two of his six starts and will be trying to earn the first graded stakes victory of his career. He was fourth last time out in the Pennine Ridge Stakes and was a minor stakes winner earlier in the year. Jose Lezcano will be in the irons and they will break from post position six.
Firespike trying to rebound and return to form
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Firespike for trainer Mike Maker. A gelded son of Flower Alley, he is trying to rebound after finishing seventh last time out in the American Turf Stakes (G2). He has been on the board in six of his ten starts and is a three-time winner and has won on both turf and dirt. Julian Leparoux will be aboard and they are slated to break from the outside post.
Crittenden aiming for first graded stakes score
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Crittenden for trainer Eoin Harty. A gelded son of Distorted Humor, he has won three of his seven starts and comes into this race off of a winning effort in the PDJF Stakes at Indiana Grand last time out. He has been training steadily at Arlington since that race and will have Flavien Prat aboard from the rail as he tries to earn his first graded stakes victory.
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.