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 […]
Seven Signed On for Grade 1 Eddie Read at Del Mar
The 8/5 morning line favorite, Midnight Storm, is back after a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile June 13 at Santa Anita. Trained by Phillip D’Amato, Midnight Storm […]
The 8/5 morning line favorite, Midnight Storm, is back after a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile June 13 at Santa Anita. Trained by Phillip D’Amato, Midnight Storm won the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby last year, and has won 4 of 9 career starts, including 3 of his last 4. Tyler Baze is slated to ride the four year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile colt and break from post position #3.
Finnegans Wake back on grass
Finnegans Wake will attempt to bounce back from consecutive fourth place finishes in the Grade 1 Manhattan at Belmont Park and Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita. The Peter Miller-trained veteran should appreciate getting back over the turf after a failed dirt experiment in the Gold Cup. Finnegans Wake has won a trio of graded stakes races in 2015, including a Grade 1 score in the Woodford Reserve May 2 at Churchill Downs, and has shown an affinity for the Del Mar lawn, winning the 2014 Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes. Jockey Victor Espinoza will take the mount breaking from post 7.
Gabriel tries to regain stakes-winning form
Gabriel Charles (5/1) is the only other graded stakes winner in the field, capturing the 2013 version of the Del Mar Derby. The Jeff Mullins trainee is a lightly-raced five year-old with 3 wins in 10 career starts. Following a second-place effort in the 2013 Grade 2 Twilight Derby, Gabriel Charles did not race again until April 16 when he ran second in an allowance race. He followed that effort with a third in the Grade 3 American Stakes May 9 at Santa Anita.
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.