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 […]
Grandeur (IRE) Tops the Field for the $200,000 Bowling Green
Long distance turf horses will square off in the $200,000 Bowling Green Handicap at Belmont Park. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a half on the Widener Turf Course and has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.
Topping the field at 6-5 on the morning line is the globetrotting Grandeur (IRE) for trainer Jeremy Nosada. The five-year-old Irish-bred gelded son of Verglas (IRE) has competed in England, Hong Kong and the United States against top quality competition. He was last seen finishing fourth in the Manhattan (G1) at Belmont Park and will have Joel Rosario in the irons for the first time.
Boisterous trying to rebound
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Boisterous, a seven-year-old son of Distorted Humor trained by Todd Pletcher. The Grade 1 winning millionaire will be ridden by John Velazquez who was aboard for his third-place finish in the 2013 edition of the Bowling Green. He has one win from four starts this year and will try to rebound off a seventh-place finish in the Manhattan (G1).
Chamois gets an equipment change
Also in the field is Chamois, a longshot at 8-1 for Belmont Stakes winning trainer Christophe Clement. The chestnut colt will get an equipment change and take blinkers off after a last-place finish in the Manhattan (G1). Cornelio Velasquez has been named to ride the four-year-old son of Smart Strike and the pair will break from post position four. Chamois has four wins from eleven starts and is looking for his first graded stakes victory.
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.