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 […]
Bayern Trying to Return to Form in $200,000 San Diego Handicap
Despite his inconsistent recent form, Bayern has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bob Baffert. A four-year-old son of Offlee Wild, he has […]
Despite his inconsistent recent form, Bayern has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Bob Baffert. A four-year-old son of Offlee Wild, he has not hit the board since winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) last fall as a sophomore. He is trying to rebound after finishing tenth in the Met Mile (G1) at Belmont Park last time out. Regular rider Martin Garcia will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Catch a Flight (ARG) going for third graded stakes win of the year
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Catch a Flight (ARG) for trainer Richard Mandella. A five-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, he has won nine of his sixteen starts and has won two graded stakes since beginning his North American career. Last time out, he was third in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) after back to back victories. Gary Stevens will be in the irons from post six.
Sahara Sky trying to extend his speed to two turns
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is the veteran Sahara Sky for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. A seven-year-old son of Pleasant Tap, he is an eight time winner and is stretching out to two turns after being primarily successful sprinting. He was fifth last time out in the Triple Bend (G1) at Santa Anita in June. James Graham will be aboard and they are scheduled to break from the outside post.
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.