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 […]
Class Test for Cal-Bred Pacific Heat in $300,000 Starlet Stakes
On Saturday at Los Alamitos, the featured race is the $300,000 Starlet Stakes. A Grade 1 race for two-year-old fillies scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth, the stakes has drawn a field of nine.
Pacific Heat tops the wide open field as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Peter Eurton. A bay daughter of Unusual Heat, the California-bred filly is undefeated from two starts. She broke her maiden at first asking at Los Alamitos in September then came back to defeat state-bred stakes competition in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar in October. Joe Talamo will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Stays in Vegas looking for first graded stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Stays in Vegas, one of two fillies in the race for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. A chestnut daughter of City Zip, she has won four of her five starts with her lone blemish coming in her sole attempt against graded stakes company in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) in September. She is coming into this race off of two consecutive victories and will break from post three with Alex Solis aboard.
Pretty N Cool trying to rebound off last race
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Pretty N Cool for trainer Bob Baffert who will also send out Treasuring. A gray daughter of Scat Daddy, she has won three of her five starts and is a multiple graded stakes winner. She is trying to rebound after finishing fifth and last as the heavy favorite in the Desi Arnaz Stakes last time out and will break from the outside post under regular rider Martin Garcia.
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.