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 […]
Kaigun Headlines Loaded Field of Twelve in $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup
On Saturday at Sam Houston, the track will host the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes. Carded at a mile and a half on the turf, the Grade 3 event has drawn a competitive field of twelve colts and geldings.
Kaigun has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Mark Casse. A six-year-old son of Northern Afleet, the chestnut gelding is a five-time winner and a multiple graded stakes winner. He is coming out of a pair of runner-up efforts against graded stakes competition, most recently in the W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Joe Bravo will be aboard and they will break from post position eight.
Da Big Hoss looking for second graded stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Da Big Hoss for trainer Michael Maker. A five-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, he has been on the board in eleven of his fifteen starts and is a seven-time winner. He earned a breakthrough win in September in the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3) and was last seen finishing third in the W.L. McKnight Handicap (G3). Florent Geroux will be aboard from post five.
Going Somewhere (BRZ) back off of a layoff
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Going Somewhere (BRZ) for trainer Neil Drysdale. A seven-year-old son of Sulamani (IRE) bred and owned by Haras Phillipson, he was a Group 1 winner in Brazil and has a total of three career victories. After competing in France, he made his stateside debut in May and has been on the shelf since finishing second in the San Juan Capistrano Stakes (G3) in June. Tiago Periera will be aboard from post ten.
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.