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Ten Will Go Postward for Louisiana Legacy
With no stakes racing on the Hawthorne calendar this weekend, horseplayers in Illinois can look south to Delta Downs in Lousiana, where the Saturday card features a number of both […]
With no stakes racing on the Hawthorne calendar this weekend, horseplayers in Illinois can look south to Delta Downs in Lousiana, where the Saturday card features a number of both open and restricted stakes races. The third race on the card is the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes, for state-bred colts and geldings running one mile on the dirt. The clear favorite in the expected field of 10 in the morning line odds at 6-5 is Ide Be Cool, winner of two straight to start his career, and who blew away the field going wire-to-wire to win by six lengths in his last start.
Favorites will duel right out of the gate
Hoping to run him down will be the 4-1 ML second choice Mypalcharliebrown, who started his career at Arlington Park, running fourth first time out. He was off for six weeks, and then made an appearance at Delta Downs, where he broke his maiden going away in a seven furlong event, drawing off from the field to win by six lengths after getting the first quarter-mile in 22.97 seconds. He’ll be breaking from the third post, and will try to use his speed to keep Ide Be Cool down on the rail to his inside.
Le Gris hoping more experience counts
Among the longshot hopefuls is Say Charlie at 8-1, who made his debut race a winning one, capturing the Louisiana Stallion Stakes in late September, before coming back to finish ninth and last in the Jean Lafitte Stakes, a race won by Rise Up, who will be one of the favorites later in the day in the $1,000,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes. Breaking from the outside post will be Le Gris (5-1), the most experienced runner in the field with two wins and two third-place finishes from five starts, and who was third less than a length behind Say Charlie in the Louisiana Stallion Stakes.
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.