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 […]
12 Set For Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes
The Grade 2, $300,000 Iroquois Stakes September 12 at Churchill Downs features an ultra-competitive field of twelve juvenile runners set to contest the 1 1/16 mile event on the main track.
At 7/2 on the morning line, Conquest Windycity is the tepid favorite for trainer Mark Casse while breaking from the rail. Still a maiden, Conquest Windycity finished second by a length and a quarter in his debut August 8 at Saratoga while racing at the same distance on turf. The well-bred son of Tiznow, out of an A.P. Indy mare sports a better pedigree for dirt and Casse connects at a 27% clip with second-time starters. Still, the waters will surely be much deeper for this talented runner who was purchased for $800,000 in March.
Outlaw training well for stakes try
Unbridled Outlaw (4/1) broke his maiden in career start number two, winning by a half length over maiden special weight foes July 25 at Ellis Park. Purchased as a yearling for $330,000, this son of Unbridled’s Song appears to have plenty of ability as demonstrated by his five-furlong bullet work August 15 at Churchill, completing the effort in 59.02. Jockey Cory Lanerie will ride breaking from post 5.
Plenty to like about live longshot
Star Hill (10/1) should offer excellent betting value while getting first-time Lasix for trainer George Arnold. The colt finished a fine third in his debut August 8 at Saratoga despite a troubled trip. The 74 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort fits well with this bunch if he is able to stretch out to two turns – a common denominator in this field of largely untested sprint-to-route youngsters.
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.