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 […]
Belle Gallantey in Search of Old Self in Ladies Handicap
The $100,000 Ladies Handicap is the featured race Friday, February 6 at Aqueduct with a field of six set to go a mile and an eighth on the dirt.
7/5 morning line favorite Belle Gallantey will try to regain the form she demonstrated in the summer and fall of 2014 when she netted a pair of grade 1 victories in the Delaware Handicap and Beldame Stakes. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee finished ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and flopped again as a heavy favorite in the New Year’s Day Affectionately Stakes where she finished fifth against a modest field of runners. The six year-old mare has recorded 9 wins in 45 career starts for earnings exceeding $1.1 million despite running mostly in the claiming ranks before a remarkable turnaround in the hands of Rodriguez.
McLaughlin pair eye stakes victory
The Kiaran McLaughlin entry of Penwith and Divided Attention are listed as the 9/5 second betting choice. Penwith is a multiple grade-stakes placed filly, and most recently ran second in the Affectionately well ahead of Belle Gallantey. Divided Attention also exits the Affectionately where she ran third just behind her stablemate. The regally bred filly is one of the last direct descendents of champion sire A.P. Indy, and out of a Storm Cat mare.
Dixie's form is credible
Moment in Dixie (4/1) has been in good form of late, running third in the Grade 3 Go For Wand at Aqueduct in November, and opening 2015 with a second place effort in the Wintergreen Stakes at Turfway Park for trainer James Toner.
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.