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 […]
Saham Headlines Competitive Group in $150,000 Hawthorne Derby
On Saturday at Hawthorne Park, the featured race is the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby. Restricted to three-year-olds, the Grade 3 event will be contested will be run at a mile and an eighth on the turf and has drawn a full field of twelve.
Saham tops the wide open field as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-1 for trainer Brendan Walsh. A dark bay son of Lemon Drop Kid, he has been on the board in six of his ten starts and is a three-time winner. He earned his first graded stakes victory last time out in the Jefferson Cup Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. He will have jockey Joe Rocco, Jr. in the irons as he tries to go for his second straight stakes win and they will break from post position eight.
Nucifera trying for first black type victory
Second choice at 9-2 on the morning line is Nucifera for trainer Graham Motion. Bred and owned by Flaxman Holdings, the bay colt is a son of More Than Ready and has won three of his seven career starts. He is trying to earn his first stakes victory and was third in the Better Talk Now Stakes in his stateside debut after beginning his career in France. Alex Cintron will be aboard and they will break from post position nine.
Syntax (IRE) attempting to return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Syntax (IRE), one of two horses in the race for trainer Bill Mott. A chestnut son of Haatef, he has been on the board in seven of his eleven starts and has three victories. He won the Kent Stakes (G3) at Delaware Park over the summer and is trying to return to form after finishing sixth in the Jefferson Cup Stakes (G3). Christopher Emigh will be aboard and they will break from post position 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.