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 […]
Reigning Champ Goldencents Tries to Repeat in $1 Million BC Dirt Mile
The Grade 1 Dirt Mile has quickly become one of the more popular Breeders Cup races since its inauguration in 2007 and this years edition looks like another one handicappers, bettors, and fans can look forward to watching.
The field of ten is lead by the reigning Dirt Mile champ Goldencents (6/5) who draws the rail for trainer Leandro Mora. In four starts this year, Goldencents has one win and three second place efforts – all at the Grade 1 or Grade 2 level. In those four starts, Goldencents has recorded triple digit Beyer Speed Figures in each including a 110 in the Metropolitan Mile and a 109 in the Pat O’Brien. He earned a 105 in winning the 2013 BC Dirt Mile, by comparison, which reveals what most handicappers already know: Goldencents hasn’t lost a step. In his three defeats this year, only one came at his preferred one mile distance and that was at the hands of Palace Malice, who was widely considered the best older horse in training before injury forced his retirement over the summer.
Veteran rivals in great form
Goldencents will be tough to beat, but he is not without serious opposition in the $1 million race. The six year-old Pants On Fire (6/1 ML) is in career best form for trainer Kelly Breen and will try to avenge a disappointing seventh place finish to Goldencents in last year’s Dirt Mile. Another interesting competitor is the Chilean-bred Bronzo, who is a Group 1 winner in his native country.
Asmussen, Baffert saddle serious contenders
Tapiture (6/1) seems to be finding his best form for trainer Steve Asmussen, and Fed Biz (7/2) was beaten just a neck last out in the Awesome Again Stakes by BC Classic favorite Shared Belief.
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.