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 […]
Micromanage Tops Five Rivals in $100,000 Birdstone Stakes
On Thursday at Saratoga, the 4th running of the $100,000 Birdstone Stakes has drawn a field of six colts and geldings to compete in the mile and three-quarters contest over the main track. The race is named after Saratoga mainstay Marylou Whitneys Belmont Stakes winning colt.
Topping the field is at 4-5 is Micromanage, a four-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Todd Pletcher. Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard carrying the orange and royal blue colors of Repole Stable. A $170,000 purchase as a yearling, the bay colt is a multiple graded stakes winner and is trying to rebound off of a seventh place finish in the Suburban Handicap (G2) in July. He won the Skip Away (G3) in March in his lone victory of the year.
Don Dulce trying to earn first win of the year
Second choice on the morning line and breaking from post four at odds of 7-2 is Don Dulce. Trained by Jason Servis, the six-year-old gelded son of Maria’s Mon will have Jose Lezcano in the irons as he attempts to earn his first victory of the year. The biggest victory of his seven-win career came in a minor stakes race at Remington Park in 2012. He was last seen finishing fourth in the Salvatore Mile (G3).
Six-figure yearling Irsaal going for first stakes win
Kieran Mclaughlin will saddle Irsaal, 4-1 on the morning line with Irad Ortiz, Jr. scheduled to ride. The well-bred gelded son of More Than Ready was a $325,000 purchase as a yearling for Shadwell Stable. He has been competing primarily against optional claiming competition and has four wins from fifteen starts. As a sophomore, he was third in the Easy Goer Stakes. He is trying to rebound off of a fifth place finish in his most recent start.
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.