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 […]
Grade 2 $200,000 Davona Dale All About Pace
The Grade 2 $200,000 Davona Dale features a full field of 14 fillies set to go one mile on the dirt at Gulfstream Park Saturday, February 22 in an excellent betting race.
Birdatthewire is the lukewarm 4/1 favorite for trainer Dale Romans after rallying from well off the pace to win the Grade 2 Forward Gal by three and a quarter lengths January 24 at Gulfstream. The victory marked the daughter of Summer Bird’s second career victory in five starts. Birdatthewire may be at the mercy of a slower pace in the Davona Dale and will lose the services of jockey Irad Ortiz who will ride Cavorting (6/1). Corey Lanerie gets the call on Birdatthewire breaking from post four.
Enchantress could carry speed further
Enchantress (8/1) has plenty of early speed, but had little left after setting a suicidal pace in the Forward Gal, fading badly to finish eighth. Regular jockey John Velazquez stays aboard and the pair could find the early fractions much more accommodating in the Davona Dale. Enchantress is two for two at six furlong, but winless in both starts exceeding that distance. Trainer Todd Pletcher and Velazquez won at an impressive 23% clip in 2014.
Cavorting returns for McLaughlin
Cavorting (6/1) could be the most talented runner in the field, and returns to action for the first time since her ninth place finish in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont over a sloppy track. Prior to that start, Cavorting won her debut and the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes in succession. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin wins at a 19% clip with runners returning from layoffs between 61 and 180 days.
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.