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 Set to Compete in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes
New York-bred fillies and mares will be showcased on Thursday at Saratoga in the 11th running of the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes. The six and a half furlong contest has drawn a field of six.
Risky Rachel has been installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for trained Juan Coronel. The multiple stakes winning mare returned to action this year after being sidelined for the entire year in 2013 and has won two of her six starts. Javier Castellano will be in the irons and was aboard when she won the Union Avenue in 2012. The seven-year-old daughter of Limehouse will break from post position two.
Sunny Desert returning off of a layoff
Sunny Desert is the second choice on the morning line at 8-5 and will break from post position three under Irad Ortiz, Jr. Trained by Bruce Levine, the five-year-old daughter of Wild Desert is making her first start since her seasonal debut in March where she was third against restricted stakes company at Aqueduct. A five-time winner against fellow state-bred competition, she has won eight of her fifteen starts including a victory at Saratoga in 2012.
Vicki's Dancer trying for first win of the year
Rudy Rodriguez will send out Vicki’s Dancer at odds of 6-1 on the morning line. The five-year-old daughter of Disco Rico will have John Velazquez aboard following a sixth-place finish on the turf at Saratoga on August 4. She is attempting to earn her first win of the year and has been on the board three times against stakes company. The stakes-winning mare has won five of her twenty-three starts.
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.