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 […]
Belmont Meet Begins April 29
The June 6 Belmont festivities will begin June 4 with 17 stakes races over a three day period worth more than $10 million in purses. Since 2008 three horses – […]
The June 6 Belmont festivities will begin June 4 with 17 stakes races over a three day period worth more than $10 million in purses. Since 2008 three horses – Big Brown (2008), I’ll Have Another (2012), and California Chrome (2014), have reached the Belmont Stakes with aspirations of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, but each horse fell short of accomplishing the rare feat. The Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, annually considered one of the top races in the country for older dirt horses, will again be part of a legendary Belmont Stakes undercard that includes four additional grade one events: the Manhattan, the Ogden Phipps, the Just a Game, and the Acorn with the Grade 2 Woody Stephens and Grade 3 Jaipur also part of the card.
June 5 card features five stakes
Friday, June 5 at Belmont will feature five stakes races worth a combined $1.2 million including the Grade 2, $300,000 New York for fillies and mares, and the Grade 2, $250,000 True North for sprinters.
Derby day card also loaded
In conjunction with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, the Saturday, May 2 card at Belmont includes the Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay Stakes and a pair of $150,000 Grade 3 events – the Fort Marcy and Westchester Stakes.
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.