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 […]
Plenty of Enticing Angles in Grade 3 Palm Beach
The Grade 3, $150,000 Palm Beach February 27 at Gulfstream features a full field of 14 three year-old colts set to go a mile and a sixteenth on the turf in an exceptional betting race.
Giant Run (6/1) has been exceptional in two turf starts, boasting Beyer Speed Figures of 90 and 89 including a last-out maiden special weight score January 2 at Gulfstream. Both figures are better than any Beyer number posted by any competitor in the field. Trainer Thomas Albertrani (16% off 31-60 day layoffs) has given the promising son of Giant's Causeway plenty of time since his last start. Joe Bravo will be aboard the speedy colt while breaking from post 10. Although Giant Run has shown an affinity for racing on the lead, the wide draw may allow Bravo to sit just off the early leaders.
Urban Bourbon makes sense
Urban Bourbon (4/1) is a logical contender following his third-place effort January 2 in the Grade 3 Dania Beach. The son of City Zip is another runner who has shown marked improvement since being switched to the turf and figures to get a comfortable trip from jockey Corey Lanire who has been aboard for all but one of the colt's six career starts. Urban Bourbon has won one of three turf starts with a top Beyer Speed Figure of 86.
Brown runner has live look
Converge (8/1) will need to improve to factor as the lightly-raced colt makes his three year-old debut after two promising starts as a juvenile. Converge broke his maiden at first-asking in September at Belmont before finishing a fast-closing second in the $100,000 Awad Stakes October 30. He has not seen action since last fall, but trainer Chad Brown is adept with young grass runners and excels with horses making their first start off layoffs of 61-180 days (28%).
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.