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 […]
Daring Kathy Taking on Older Rivals in $100,000 My Charmer
On Saturday at Gulfstream Park West, the featured race is the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap. Scheduled to be run at a mile and an eighth on the grass, the Grade 3 race has attracted a field of eleven fillies and mares with one additional entered for the main track only.
Daring Kathy tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer David Fawkes. Bred in Florida, the three-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir has won five of her eight starts including a victory over the Gulfstream Park West turf course last time out in a minor stakes race. Since that race, the front-running bay filly has been training sharply and recorded a bullet workout on November 8. Abdiel Jaen will remain aboard from post eight.
Angelica Zapata looking for first graded stakes victory
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Angelica Zapata for trainer Ronald Pellegrini. A six-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor, she was second in the My Charmer last year, beaten half a length. She has won eleven of her thirty career starts and this multiple stakes winner is trying for the first graded stakes victory of her career. She was last seen finishing second in the Wasted Tears Stakes and will have Edgard Zayas aboard for the first time from post four.
Magic of Reality (FR) making second U.S. start
Also in the field at 5-1 on the morning line is Magic of Reality (FR) who will be making her second North American start for trainer Graham Motion. Bred and owned by the same connections that campaigned Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Main Sequence, the chestnut daughter of Galileo (GB) won two races last year in Great Britain. She was third against allowance company at Keeneland last time out and will have Edgar Prado in the irons from post 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.