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 […]
Cosmic Girl Headlines Full Field for $100,000 Suncoast Stakes
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the track will host the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes. Restricted to three-year-old fillies, the race will be held at a mile and forty yards and has drawn a wide open field of twelve.
Cosmic Girl has been tabbed as the favorite at morning line odds of 3-1 and is one of two horses in the race for trainer Eoin Harty. A bay daughter of Street Cry (IRE), she is out of the multiple Grade 1 winning mare Stellar Jayne. She has been on the board in three of her five starts and is trying to earn her third career victory. She is coming out of a runner-up effort in the Gasparilla Stakes and will break from post position seven under jockey Fernando De La Cruz.
Smart Shopping making stakes debut
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Smart Shopping for trainer Brendan Walsh. A bay daughter of Smart Strike, she comes from a strong female family and will be stepping up to stakes company after breaking her maiden in her debut at Churchill Downs in November. She has been training forwardly since then and will have Robby Albarado aboard from post eleven.
Class test for Holders Season after maiden win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Holders Season for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $280,000 as a yearling, she will be making her stakes debut after breaking her maiden last time out at Gulfstream Park in her third career start. She turned in a game effort to win by a neck. Javier Castellano will remain aboard and they will break from post position six.
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.