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 […]
Six Promising Juveniles Set for $200,000 Saratoga Special
Saratoga Mischief has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $360,000, the bay son of Into Mischief will be stepping […]
Saratoga Mischief has been tabbed as the morning line favorite at odds of 8-5 for trainer Todd Pletcher. Purchased for $360,000, the bay son of Into Mischief will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time after breaking his maiden in his career debut. In that race, he prevailed by a neck over eight rivals in a minor upset at odds of 6-1. John Velazquez will be back aboard and they are scheduled to break from post position five.
Stakes debut for Exaggerator after maiden win
Second choice at odds of 5-2 on the morning line is Exaggerator for trainer Keith Desormeaux. A dark bay son of Curlin, he cost $110,000 as a yearling and will be running against winners for the first time. After a fifth-place finish in his first start, he came back to break his maiden in his next outing at Del Mar in July. Junior Alvarado will be in the irons and they will break from the rail as he tries to earn his second consecutive win.
Holding Gold training sharply at Saratoga
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Holding Gold for trainer Mark Casse. A bay son of Lonhro (AUS), he is a homebred for Live Oak Plantation and is out of a mare who was a multiple graded stakes winner. He broke his maiden in his debut at Woodbine on their synthetic main track and has had a bullet workout at Saratoga in preparation for his stakes debut. Shaun Bridgmohan will be aboard from post two.
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.