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 […]
Power Alert (AUS) Back Off Layoff as Favorite in $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the $100,000 Turf Dash Stakes. The stakes race will be contested at five furlongs on the turf and has drawn a field of ten colts and geldings.
Power Alert (AUS) has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 in the wide open field for trainer Brian Lynch who is also his owner. A six-year-old son of Alert (ARG), the gray gelding has won seven of his nineteen starts and is a graded stakes winner. He will be trying to improve off of a pair of fourth-place finishes and was last seen in the Parx Dash Handicap (G3) in July. Antonio Gallardo will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
Night Officer trying to regain stakes form
Second choice at morning line odds of 4-1 is Night Officer for trainer Tom Albertrani. An eight-year-old gelding, the veteran son of Officer is a seven-time winner and will be trying to earn his second black type victory and won his first and only stakes race in 2013. He was third in an optional claiming race at Belmont Park last time out and will break from post nine under Daniel Centeno.
Beantown Saint a new face in Florida
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Beantown Saint for trainer Jason Servis. A four-year-old son of Speightstown, he has won four of his seven starts and will be trying to notch the first stakes win of his career. He is coming into this race off of consecutive optional claiming victories at Parx and Laurel Park. Joshua Navarro will be in the irons and they will break from post seven.
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.