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 […]
Eight New York Breds Set for the $100,000 John Morrissey
On Friday at Saratoga, the featured race is the $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes. The six and a half furlong contest is restricted to horses foaled in New York and has drawn a field of eight colts and geldings.
Topping the field at odds of 5-2 on the morning line is Big Business for trainer David Jacobson. The six-year-old gelding will be ridden by John Velazquez as he attempts to earn the first stakes win of his career. He has won ten of his twenty-seven lifetime starts and was last seen finishing second by a head in the Evan Shipman Stakes. He has been first or second in all four starts this year and will break from post position six.
Moonlight Song back against state-bred company
Moonlight Song will break from post position five at odds of 3-1 for Charlton Baker. Owned and bred by Albert Fried, Jr., the seven-year-old gelded son of Unbridled’s Song will have regular rider Jose Ortiz. in the irons. Moonlight Song won the first stakes win of his career against state-bred company in the Gold and Roses Stakes two starts back and was fourth against graded stakes competition in the Belmont Sprint Championship Stakes (G3).
Second start off the bench for Amberjack
Michael Hushion will send out the lightly-raced Amberjack at odds of 8-1 with Irad Ortiz, Jr. aboard from post position seven. A $185,000 purchase as a yearling for Peachtree Stables, the four-year-old son of Indygo Shiner is making his second start of the year following a third-place finish against allowance company. As a sophomore last year he won back to back stakes races including the New York Derby against restricted competition.
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.