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 […]
Iowa Derby Highlights Saturday Prairie Meadows' Stakes Lineup
The $250,000 Iowa Derby will feature some familiar names from the Triple Crown trail as well as some up-and-coming new players to the three-year-old ranks. Run at a mile and a sixteenth, the Grade 3 contest has drawn a field of nine.
Headlining the field as the 3-1 morning line favorite is Kentucky Derby also-ran Vicar’s in Trouble. He will be making his first start since a nineteenth and last-place finish in the Run for the Roses. Prior to the debacle in Louisville, the sophomore son of Into Mischief had won three races including the Louisiana Derby (G2) for trainer Michael Maker. Cornelio Velazquez will be in the irons for the injured Rose Napravnik.
Derby Trial winner adds distance after last sprint start
Second choice at 7-2 is Embellishing Bob, the winner of the Derby Trial Stakes (G3) via disqualification in April. Trained by Steve Margolis, the son of Northern Afleet will have regular rider Brian Hernandez back aboard after a seventh-place finish in the Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park last time out. He is stretching back out to a route after sprinting in his last start.
Top-bred longshot has established a winning record
Also in the field is the promising Charge Now, a lightly-raced son of dual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow. Junior Alvarado will be in the irons for Bill Mott and will carry the green and white colors of WinStar Farm, LLC. Tabbed at 8-1 morning line, the colt is a half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver and has won two of his three starts. The Iowa Derby will be his stakes debut.
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.