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 […]
International Field Set For Belmont Derby Invitational
Saturday will mark the inaugural running of the Belmont Derby Invitational. With Grade 1 status and a lucrative purse of $1.25 million, the mile and a quarter turf contest has attracted an international field of eleven three-year-old colts and geldings.
The morning line favorite at 3-1 is Toast of New York who will make his United States debut for trainer Jamie Osborne. He was last seen impressively winning the UAE Derby (G1) over the synthetic surface at Meydan Racecourse in March. A son of Thewayyouare, he has three wins from five career starts but has never won on turf. Regular rider Jamie Spencer will be aboard for the Invitational.
Aiden O'Brien has a rising star in Adelaide (IRE)
Top international trainer Aiden O'Brien has sent over Adelaide (IRE), a son of Galileo out of European stakes winner Elletelle. The lightly raced colt has two wins and two seconds from four total starts and was last seen finishing second in the King Edward VII Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot in June. Colm O'Donoghue will be aboard for the first time and they will break from post position four.
Highly regarded Bobby's Kitten faces tough test
Also in the field is the highly regarded Bobby's Kitten, a son of Kitten's Joy bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Named after legendary trainer Bobby Frankel and trained by his protege Chad Brown, the bay colt rebounded sharply off of a disappointing effort on synthetics in the Blue Grass Stakes to take the Penn Mile easily as the favorite. He has been installed at odds of 6-1 and will have Javier Castellano aboard.
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.