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 […]
Seven Juvenile Fillies Set for the $500,000 Frizette
On Saturday at Belmont Park, some of the most promising two-year-old fillies on the East Coast will compete in the 67th running of the $500,000 Frizette. The Grade 1 race, run at a mile on the main track, has traditionally served as a key prep race for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies.
The undefeated Condo Commando has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Rudy Rodriguez. A juvenile daughter of Tiz Wonderful, the dark bay filly has won both starts to date by a combined margin of 25 ¼ lengths. After breaking her maiden in front-running fashion, she pulled off a repeat performance in the Spinaway (G1) over an off track. Joe Bravo will remain aboard and they will break from post six.
Cavorting a perfect two for two
Cavorting will also put her undefeated streak on the line and is second choice on the morning line at odds of 5-2. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the daughter of Bernardini was purchased for $360,000 as a weanling by Stonestreet Stables. After breaking her maiden at Belmont in July, she earned the first stakes win of her career in the Adirondack (G2) at Saratoga. Regular rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be in the irons from the rail.
Six-figure Feathered takes on stakes company
Also in the field at odds of 7-2 is Feathered for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $300,000 in March, the bay daughter of Indian Charlie is trying winners for the first time after breaking her maiden in her second career start. She delivered as the favorite over eight rivals after finishing second, beaten a head, in her debut. Javier Castellano has retained the mount and they will break from post four.
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.