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 […]
Shayjolie Tops Field of Fourteen for $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes
On Saturday, the stakes racing continues in Maryland with the $100,000 Safely Kept Stakes at Laurel Park. The seven-furlong contest has attracted a full field of fourteen three-year-old fillies with one additional listed as also-eligible.
Shayjolie has been listed as the morning line favorite at odds of 4-1 for trainer Gary Contessa. Purchased for $150,000 as a juvenile by owner Sean Shay, the bay daughter of Indian Charlie has won two of her six starts. She was last seen finishing fourth in a field of eleven in the Raven Run (G2) at Keeneland and won an allowance race in her prior start. Jose Ortiz will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Class test for maiden winner True Romance
Second choice at 9-2 on the morning line is True Romance for New England Hall of Fame trainer Timothy Hills. A sophomore daughter of Yes It’s True, she will be making her first start against winners after breaking her maiden in her second career start last time out as the heavy favorite. That winning effort was flattered when the runner-up won her next start. Joe Bravo will remain aboard and they will break from post position fourteen.
Stormy Novel going for second stakes victory
Also in the field is from post ten Stormy Novel at 10-1 on the morning line for trainer Jason Servis. A $300,000 purchase as a yearling, the bay daughter of Bernardini has won three of her nine starts including a minor stakes race. She was last seen finishing fourth in the Charlestown Oaks (G3) and has been training steadily since that race. Kendrick Carmouche, her regular rider, has retained the mount.
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.