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 […]
$65,000 Straight Line Looks Like A Great Betting Race
The $65,000 Straight Line Stakes may not be the biggest race on the Arlington Million day card August 15, but the race offers plenty of intrigue from a gambling standpoint.
Restricted to three year-olds and run at a distance of one mile on the Polytrack, the Straight Line features a field of ten in what looks to be a completely wide-open betting affair. Good Bye Greg is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Larry Rivelli after setting the pace and fading to a fifth-place finish against minor stakes competition at Saratoga in his last start. Prior to that effort, the speedster went gate to wire in two Polytrack starts at Arlington and Woodbine. Certainly, it is fair to say that the distance is a question and Good Bye Greg will be pressured on the lead by a host of horses including McQ (15/1).
I Got It All has a live look
Breaking from the far outside post, I Got It All (5/1 ML) is an interesting challenger for trainer Tom Swearingen. Despite an eighth place finish on a sloppy track in the Grade III Iowa Derby in his last start, I Got It All crushed stakes competition by nine lengths at Arlington May 31. That effort came at the one mile distance. His stalk and pounce style should serve him well in the Straight Line. I Got it All has three wins in six lifetime start.
Thuder Boy could pull the upset
Thunder Boy (12/1 ML) is an intriguing long shot for trainer Dale Bennett after crushing maiden special weight company by four lengths going a mile on the Polytrack May 23.
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.