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 […]
Private Zone Set for Face Off with Runhappy in $1.5 Million Breeders' Cup Sprint
On Saturday at Keeneland, the top sprinters in the country will face off in the $1.5 million Breeders Cup Sprint. The Grade 1 is a six furlong contest and has drawn a competitive and full field of fourteen.
Private Zone will try to cement the Eclipse Award for champion sprinter and tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Jorge Navarro. A six-year-old gelded son of Macho Uno, he is a ten-time career winner and was third in this race last year. He has won three of his five starts this year and comes into this race off of a victory in the Forego Stakes (G1). Regular rider Martin Pedroza will be aboard from post thirteen.
Runhappy trying to cap a fairy tale season
Runhappy is the second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 for trainer Maria Borell who will be saddling her first every starter in a Breeders’ Cup race. A bay son of Super Saver, he was purchased for $200,000 as a yearling and has won five of his six starts. He has won his last four races, all on the lead, and was last seen winning the Phoenix Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. Edgar Prado will be aboard and they will break from post position five.
Kobe's Back a longshot from off of the pace
Also in the field at morning line odds of 15-1 is Kobe’s Back, a longshot for trainer Peter Eurton. A four-year-old son of Flatter, he was purchased for $480,000 as a juvenile and has three wins from fifteen starts. He won the Commonwealth Stakes (G3) at Keeneland in the spring and was second last time out in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1). Gary Stevens will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
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.