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 […]
Full Field of Ten Ready for $500,000 Charles Town Oaks
With the lure of a $500,000 purse on the line, the Charles Town Oaks has drawn a full field of ten, along with two fillies waiting in the wings on the also-eligible list, to compete on Saturday. It is the sixth edition of the Grade 3 race which will be run at seven furlongs.
The morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 is Miss Behaviour for trainer Phil Schoenthal. The three-year-old daughter of Jump Start has been on the board in all five starts this year and has been second against graded stakes company in her last three starts. As a juvenile, she won the Matron (G2) at Belmont Park and has a total of four wins from ten starts. Jevian Toledo will be aboard for the first time and the pair will break from post two.
Well-bred Size trying to rebound off Alabama flop
Second choice at odds of 7-2 is Size, a homebred for Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider. Trained by Bill Mott, the chestnut daughter of First Samurai will be trying to rebound after finishing ninth and last in the Alabama (G1) at Saratoga. Prior to that, she had won three of her four starts including the Iowa Oaks (G3). Junior Alvarado, aboard in her last two starts, retains the mount and they will break from post nine.
Stormy Novel training sharply for first start since July
Also in the field at odds of 8-1 is Stormy Novel for trainer John Servis. Purchased for $300,000 as a yearling, the bay daughter of Bernardini has won three of her eight starts and earned her first stakes win last time out in the Miss Woodford at Monmouth Park. She has had a bullet workout at Monmouth since that race and will have Kendrick Carmouche in the irons from the inside post.
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.