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 […]
Finnegans Wake Going for Fourth Straight in $200,000 San Luis Rey
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the 64th running of the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a half on the turf, the Grade 2 race has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Finnegans Wake has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at morning line odds of 6-5 for trainer Peter Miller. A six-year-old son of Powerscourt (GB), he comes into this race off of three consecutive victories against graded stakes competition. He has been training sharply since his last race, a one-length victory in the San Marcos (G2) over a field of seven rivals. Victor Espinoza will remain aboard and they will break from post position eight.
Power Foot shooting for first stakes
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Power Foot, another son of Powerscourt (GB), who will be saddled by trainer Neil Drysdale. The six-year-old gelding has won four of his twenty starts and will be trying to earn the first stakes win of his career. He was moved up to third last time out in the San Marcos (G2) after a troubled trip. Flavien Prat will be aboard for the first time from post position four.
Joes Blazing Aaron making first start off the claim
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Joes Blazing Aaron who will be making his first start since being claimed by trainer Ron Hess, Jr. A seven-year-old gelded son of Graeme Hall, the seven-time career winner was third last time out in his first start of the year. Joe Talamo will be aboard for the first time and they are scheduled to break from post position 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.