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 […]
Field of 10 Set to Go in $100,000 Smart and Fancy Stakes
The Monday, August 26 card at Saratoga features a lone stakes race for thoroughbreds the $100,000 Smart and Fancy Stakes for fillies and mares sprinting five and a half furlongs on the turf course.
With 2/1 favorite Munnings Sister an early scratch, favoritism will likely go to Free as a Bird who was originally slated as the 5/2 second choice by the morning line odds maker. Trained by Ian Wilkes and ridden by Joel Rosario, Free as a Bird has recorded four wins from six starts this year and enters the Smart and Fancy on a three race winning streak. In her last start, Free as a Bird won the Smirnoff Sorbet Caress Stakes August 1 at Saratoga.
To My Valentine back to winning ways
To My Valentine (4/1 ML) has the look of a major competitor for trainer Wesley Ward. A winner of an allowance race at Belmont in her last start, To My Valentine looks to be headed back in the right direction after a pair of disappointing starts prior to that effort. In 2013, To My Valentine won the Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint Stakes.
Stars Above Me adjusts nicely to stateside racing
Stars Above Me (6/1 ML) was sharp last out, winning the Coronation Cup Stakes at Saratoga in her initial start in the United States after five starts in Europe to begin her career. Trained by Graham Motion, the four year-old daughter of Exceed and Excel will break from the nine-hole and should be able to adapt to a variety of potential pace scenarios.
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.