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 […]
Flexibility Aiming for First Stakes Win in $200,000 Jerome Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $200,000 Jerome Stakes. Restricted to newly-turned three-year-olds, the Grade 3 event will be run at a mile and seventy yards and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Flexibility tops the field as the heavy favorite at even-money odds on the morning line for trainer Chad Brown. A bay son of Bluegrass Cat, he was purchased for $185,000 as a juvenile and has been on the board in all three starts. After breaking his maiden in his debut, he was second in both starts against graded stakes company in the Remsen Stakes (G2) and Nashua Stakes (G2). Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position four.
Vorticity looking for third straight win
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Vorticity for trainer James Lawrence, II. A bay son of Distorted Humor, he has won two of his three starts and will be trying to earn his second consecutive stakes victory. He finished third in his debut and broke his maiden in his subsequent start. His stakes debut in the Marylander Stakes was successful. Jose Ortiz will be aboard from post five.
Donegal Moon attempting to improve off last race
Also in the field at morning line odds of 15-1 is Donegal Moon for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of Malibu Moon, he was purchased for $220,000 as a yearling by Donegal Racing and has one win from five outings. He broke his maiden in his fourth start and was fifth in the Remsen Stakes (G2) in his stakes debut. Manuel Franco will be aboard and they will break from post three as he tries for his first stakes win.
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.