The most important race of the year is coming up on Saturday, May 6: the $3 million Kentucky Derby! A field of 20 of the best three-year-old horses will clash […]
Arlington Million Has Wide-Open Field
If Little Mike is hoping to claim his second straight Arlington Million this Saturday at Arlington Park, he’s going to have to hold off a foreign invasion. Installed as the morning line 5-1 third choice in the 13-horse field, Little Mike will take on six European shippers, as well as one Argentinian in Indy Point, who came north last month and promptly won his first US race, the Wickerr Stakes at Del Mar. Indy Point is second choice in the ML at 9-2.
Grandeur shows a liking for US racing
The favorite for the 1 ¼ miles on the turf is the Irish-bred Grandeur. After winning a number of smaller stakes events in the UK, Grandeur showed up in California last summer and promptly put his stamp on US turf racing, winning the Grade II Twilight Derby, finishing second in the Grade I Hollywood Derby, and then winning the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup. After that last he returned to the UK and took seven months off, before competing in a couple minor stakes events at York and Newmarket. Now he’s back to take a shot at the Million.
Winner punches ticket for BC Turf
Among the other contenders, Real Solution is a lightly-raced Pennsylvania bred who began his career in Italy, before returning to the States to most recently take a third-place finish in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap at Belmont. The Kentucky-bred Finnegan’s Wake is the son of 2005 Million winner Powerscourt, and has been going up against the toughest US turf competitors all year. In addition to claiming the Million title, the winner is also trying to claim a spot in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf, as the race is a ‘Win and You’re In’ event.
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 […]
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.