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 […]
Road to the Triple Crown Begins with the $200,000 Jerome Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the 145th running of the $200,000 Jerome Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the mile and a seventy yard contest offers Grade 3 status and points towards the Kentucky Derby.
Topping the field of nine sophomores at morning line odds of 2-1 is El Kabeir. Purchased as a yearling by Zayat Stables for $250,000, the gray son of Scat Daddy has won two of his five starts including a win in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs. Since that winning effort, the colt has been training forwardly for trainer John Terranova. Calvin Borel, aboard last time out, will be back in the irons from the outside post.
Ostrolenka trying to rebound after Remsen flop
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is the New York-bred Ostrolenka for trainer Todd Pletcher. A bay son of Musket Man, he was undefeated from three starts against restricted state-bred competition before finishing thirteenth and last in the Remsen (G2). He has been training steadily since that effort in New York and will get a rider change to jockey Jose Ortiz from post position four.
Mini Cosmo trying graded stakes company after allowance win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Mini Cosmo for trainer Graham Motion. A gray son of Unbridled Energy, he broke his maiden in his debut at Laurel in November. After a fourth-place finish in a minor stakes race, he stretched out to two turns successfully to win an allowance race at Parx. Angel Arroyo will be aboard for the first time and the pair will break from the rail as the colt tries to earn his first stakes win.
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.