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 […]
Compact but Quality Field of Five Set for $100,000 Gravesend Handicap
On Friday, the featured race at Aqueduct is the 56th edition of the $100,000 Gravesend Handicap. Scheduled to be run at six-furlongs on the inner dirt track, the race has drawn a field of five.
David Jacobson will send out Salutos Amigos as the overwhelming, even-money favorite on the morning line. A four-year-old gelded son of Salute the Sarge, he has won five of his thirteen starts this year including a pair of graded stakes races. Last time out, he won the Fall Highweight (G3) as the favorite at Aqueduct. He has had a bullet workout since that winning effort and will have Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons from post position four.
Dads Caps trying to bounce back to winning form
Second choice at 8-5 on the morning line is Dads Caps for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A Grade 1 winning son of Discreet Cat bred and owned by Vincent Scuderi, he has won four of his fourteen career starts with his most notable victory coming in the Carter (G1) in April. He was last seen finishing fourth as the favorite in the De Francis Dash at Laurel and has been training steadily since then. Jose Ortiz will be aboard for the first time from post two.
Crafty Dreamer going for first stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Crafty Dreamer for trainer James Iselin who also bred the five-year-old son of War Front. The bay horse has won two of his nine starts this season and is trying to earn the first stakes win of his career. He was fourth behind a similar field in the Fall Highweight (G3) last time out after a wide trip. Dylan Davis, son of popular jockey Robbie Davis, will be back aboard and they will break from post five.
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.