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 Set to Go in Suwannee River Stakes
A full weekend of simulcast stakes wagering from Gulfstream Park is highlighted by the Grade I Donn Handicap on Sunday. Saturday’s card, however, will also feature a pair of stakes […]
A full weekend of simulcast stakes wagering from Gulfstream Park is highlighted by the Grade I Donn Handicap on Sunday. Saturday’s card, however, will also feature a pair of stakes races, beginning with the Grade III $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes for four-year-old and up fillies and mares, running 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Eight have been entered in the race, led by the 5-2 morning line favorite Abaco. She won the Grade III Cardinal Handicap at Churchill to close out 2013, and already has one start this year, running fourth in the Grade III Marshua’s River Handicap.
Graded-stakes winners are two to beat
Coming into this off a four-month layoff, Caroline Thomas is a former Grade II winner, having captured the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid Stakes at Saratoga in mid-summer, and is second ML choice at 3-1. She followed up the win at Saratoga, with a seventh-place finish next out at the Grade I level, and then improved a bit in her last start, taking third in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland. The Woodford is her only stakes win in seven tries.
UK-shipper makes her stateside debut
Shipping over from the UK to make her stateside debut is the 4-1 co-third choice in Riposte, a former minor stakes winner on her home turf. She last tried Group 2 company in France, were she was a well-beaten seventh. With an outside shot at the upset may be the other 4-1 choice, Parranda, who has had most of her success running in state-bred restricted stakes, but who has won three in a row under those conditions. Two starts back she stepped up to open company, finishing fourth but just a length back of the winner in the Grade III My Charmer Handicap.
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.