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 […]
Tapiture Returns to Take on Six in The Matt Winn Stakes
After a disappointing fifteenth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Tapiture will try to return to the promising form he showed early in his career and take on six rivals in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Tabbed as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the mile and a sixteenth event, Tapiture will break from post position two on the main track. Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and trained by the controversial Steve Asmussen, the three-year-old son of Tapit was near the top of the early Kentucky Derby lists following a sharp win in the Southwest Stakes (G3) in February. He has gone winless from three starts since then and will try to improve off of a pair of recent off-the-board finishes.
Almost Famous chasing after first stakes win
Second choice at 2-1 is another familiar name from the early Triple Crown trail, Almost Famous for trainer Patrick Byrne. Popular Kentucky jockey Calvin “Bo-rail” Borel will be aboard and has been in the irons for two of this colt’s three victories. A son of Unbridled’s Song who sold for $500,000 as a two-year-old, Almost Famous has yet to win a stakes race but demolished allowance company at Churchill Downs in front-running fashion by 7 ¾ lengths in his most recent start in May.
Third choice knows how to find the winners' circle
Also in the field and also coming off of an open-length triumph is the Tom Amoss-trained Rise Up, 3-1 morning line odds from post position three. Leandro Goncalves will be aboard the three-year-old son of Rockport Harbor as he seeks his sixth win in his tenth career start, with his most recent a score in the Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town.
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.