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 […]
Familiar Foes Square Off in $200,000 Mohawk Stakes
The $200,000 Mohawk Stakes October 18 at Belmont Park features a rematch of two excellent grass horses and the rest of the field isnt too shabby either as a field of ten is set to contest the mile and a sixteenth race on the grass.
King Kreesa (9/5) and Lubash (2/1) were separated by just a neck in the Ashley T. Cole Stakes September 14 at Belmont with the later getting the best of the former in the last jump. In the race before that, King Kreesa held off Lubash by a head in the West Point Stakes in what is developing into a heated rivalry. The mile and a sixteenth distance could be the key for King Kreesa notching another win over Lubash as he seems best-suited for races at a mile or a mile and a sixteenth, while Lubash appreciates extra ground. In total, King Kreesa and Lubash have faced six times with King Kreesa winning four of those matchups.
Kharafa is no stranger to the top two
Kharafa (5/1) is another common foe, having squared off against King Kreesa and Lubash numerous times in his career including a third place effort in the Ashley T. Cole. Kharfa enjoys running close to the pace and could keep King Kreesa honest enough to set up Lubash’s late charge. In eight turf starts at the distance, Kharafa has three wins, two second, and two thirds for trainer Timothy Hills.
King Kreesa back in top form
King Kreesa won the Mohawk in 2013 and has run well in his two 2014 starts after shipping to Sha Tin racecourse last December for the Hong Kong Mile where he finished twelfth.
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.