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 […]
Innovation Economy Facing Class Test in $250,000 Bowling Green
Chad Brown will saddle Innovation Economy who has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2. A four-year-old son of Dynaformer, he has won four of his […]
Chad Brown will saddle Innovation Economy who has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2. A four-year-old son of Dynaformer, he has won four of his six starts and comes into this race off of a three-race win streak. He will be stepping up to graded stakes competition for the first time and earned his first black-type win in the Belmont Gold Cup Invitational last time out. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be aboard and they will break from post position seven.
Imagining trying to return to winning form
Second choice at 3-1 on the morning line is Imagining for trainer Claude McGaughey, III. A homebred for Phipps Stable, the seven-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway is a nine-time career winner and is a multiple graded stakes winner. He has one win from four starts this year and is trying to rebound after a pair of fifth-place finishes in graded stakes races. John Velazquez will be aboard from post position three.
War Dancer attempting to get first win of the year
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is War Dancer, one of two horses in the race for trainer Bill Mott. A five-year-old son of War Front, he is a four-time winner though has gone winless since May of 2014 when he took the Louisville Handicap (G3). He was last seen finishing sixth in the Manhattan (G1) and will have Jose Lezcano in the irons from post position two as he tries to rebound.
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.