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 […]
Illinois-breds Feature in Fairmount Stakes
There’s a half-dozen stakes races for Illinois breds on tap at Fairmount Park on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, offering a total of $300,000 in purses. Things kick off with the […]
There’s a half-dozen stakes races for Illinois breds on tap at Fairmount Park on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, offering a total of $300,000 in purses. Things kick off with the second race of the afternoon card, when eight two-year-old fillies are expected to go to the gate for the $50,000 All Sold Out Stakes run at six furlongs on the dirt. Morning line favorite at 2-1 will be Oh Suzanna, a daughter of Sharp Humor, who broke her maiden second asking at Arlington Park, winning at 5 ½ furlongs by leading the field wire-to-wire, winning by eight lengths.
Algonquin Posse back to defend in Lady Riss
Two more stakes follow, those being the Lady Riss for three-year-old and up fillies and mares, also at six furlongs, and the Pete Condellone Memorial Stakes for three-year-olds and up going one mile. Trainer Steve Becker saddles two in each, and is expected to have the favorites in both. In the Lady Riss, those would be Algonquin Posse, second in the same race last year, and Win ‘Em All, two-for-three so far this year in allowance optional claiming events. In the Condellone, Becker sends defending champ Nagy’s Piggy Bank and Garland’s Spirit.
Work All Week looks to add to impressive record
Races six through eight include the one-mile Bungalow Stakes for three-year-old and up fillies and mares, the Troy Our Boy Stakes for two-year-olds at six furlongs, and the Tex’s Zing Stakes for three-year-olds and up running six furlongs. In the last, trainer Roger Brueggemann is expected to have the upper hand with his entry of Work All Week and Signsealndeliver. After running sixth in his lifetime debut in 2012, Work All Week has won five of six in 2013, the only blemish being a runner-up finish in the Addison Cammack Handicap at Arlington. Meanwhile, Signsealndeliver most recently won the Dark Star Stakes at Canterbury.
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.