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 […]
Bolo and Om Get a Rematch in $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the stakes action will kick off with the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile. Carded at one mile on the turf, the Grade 1 event has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Bolo headlines the competitive field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Carla Gaines. A four-year-old son of Temple City, he has been on the board in six of his nine starts and is a four-time winner. Last time out, he returned off of a seven-month layoff to defeat a quality field in the Arcadia Stakes (G2). Mike Smith will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Om trying to turn tables on Bolo after last race
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Om for trainer Dan Hendricks. A four-year-old son of Munnings, he is one of only two horses to ever defeat Triple Crown champion American Pharoah and he has won five of his eleven starts. He is trying to improve off of a third-place finish in the Arcadia Stakes (G3) last time out and will break from the rail under jockey Gary Stevens.
Bal a Bali (BRZ) coming in fresh
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Bal a Bali (BRZ) for trainer Richard Mandella. A dark bay son of Put it Back, the six-year-old has won thirteen of his eighteen starts and is a graded stakes winner. He is coming out of a third-place finish in the San Gabriel Stakes (G2) and has been training steadily since then. Flavien Prat will be in the irons and they will break from post three.
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.