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 […]
LA Champions Day Kicks Off with Ladies in Race 4
A full card of stakes racing December 12 at Fair Grounds kicks off Louisiana Champions Day in race 4 with the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies as a field of six is set to contest the mile and one sixteenth event on the main track.
Pacific Pink is the 8/5 morning line favorite after posting a dominant last-out victory in the El Raspberry Stakes September 19 at Louisiana Downs. The five length win was the Edward Johnston trainee’s fifth trip to the winner’s circle in 9 career starts, but discerning handicappers may point to the layoff and switch from turf to dirt as reasons to search for better value. Pacific Pink, who has never finished off the board, is two for three on dirt, but has posted her career-best Beyer on the grass. Robbie Albarado gets the mount breaking from post 3.
Front-runner goes second off layoff
Heatseeker Sharon (5/2) returned from nearly an eleven week layoff to run second in the Magnolia Stakes October 30 at Delta Downs. The front-running four year-old filly projects as the main speed in the race with jockey CJ Hernandez riding for the second straight start. Heatseeker Sharon has posted 4 wins in 17 starts including a 3 for 9 mark on dirt. Trainer Frank Leggio connects at a 15% clip with runners making their second start off similar layoffs.
Aliana switching surfaces
Aliana (3/1) is another logical contender, as she makes her second start off the layoff and transitions from turf to dirt as well. The Morris Nicks-trained filly finished second in a November 28 allowance race on grass and should be plenty fit for this effort. Aliana boasts competitive speed figures and has won her only start at Fair Grounds.
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.