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 […]
Pizza Man Tries to Deliver Third Straight Stars and Stripes Win
The Pizza Man is tabbed as the 2/1 favorite, and will break from post two under jockey Florent Geroux. The six year-old gelded son of English Channel proved he hasn’t […]
The Pizza Man is tabbed as the 2/1 favorite, and will break from post two under jockey Florent Geroux. The six year-old gelded son of English Channel proved he hasn’t lost a step, returning from a six-month layoff in his last start to win the Opening Verse Stakes at Churchill Downs May 30. A winner of the last two Stars and Stripes Stakes and 2014 American St Leger, the Roger Brueggmann trainee is a picture of class with 13 wins in 21 starts for earnings of $842,337. The Pizza Man has won five consecutive starts over the Arlington Park lawn.
Three Hearts tackles boys
At 9/2 on the morning line, Three Hearts is a distant second choice as the five year-old Hat Trick mare will take on the boys while trying to rebound from a nine-place effort in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes May 25 at Santa Anita. Prior to that effort, the Neil Drysdale trainee had hit the board in four consecutive graded stakes efforts, including a win in the Grade 3 Red Carpet November 22 at Del Mar.
Xtra Luck goes for stakes repeat
Xtra Luck (5/1) has just 3 wins in 20 career starts, but took the 1 ½ mile Grade 3 Louisville Handicap May 22 in his last effort after placing in an allowance race at Keeneland.
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.