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 […]
$150,000 Sanford Stakes Highlights Future Stars
This Saturday at Saratoga, the future stars of the sport will take center stage in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes. The Grade 3 contest is run at six furlongs and has attracted a field of nine two-year-old colts and geldings.
The 2-1 morning line favorite is Cinco Charlie, breaking from the outside in the field of nine for trainer Steve Asmussen. A $190,000 purchase at the OBS Sale in March, the bay son of Indian Charlie is a perfect two-for-two and comes out of a win in the Bashford Manor (G3) at Churchill Downs. Shaun Bridgemohan remains aboard after piloting him two both career victories.
Repole homebred trying winners for the first time
Right to his inside is the second choice, Nonna’s Boy at 5-2. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, the juvenile son of Distorted Humor is a homebred for Mike Repole out of a graded stakes placed mare. He won his debut race at Belmont Park by 5 ½ lengths over four rivals. The runner-up that day, Bustin In, has already come back to win.
Ward and Detorri off to a sharp start
Trainer Wesley Ward will team up with international star jockey Frankie Detorri with Bessie’s Boy, 5-1 on the morning line. The jockey and trainer combination teamed up for a pair of victories on opening day on Friday. The gelded son of Smoke Glacken has won both lifetime starts and defeated three rivals in the Tremont Stakes in his most recent start in June. Ward has a reputation for success with young horses and shows a 25% winning clip with two-year-olds.
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.