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 […]
Texas Red Launches Comeback in $500,000 Dwyer Stakes
Texas Red, the winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), will be making his much-anticipated return off of a five-month layoff and has been tabbed as the favorite at […]
Texas Red, the winner of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), will be making his much-anticipated return off of a five-month layoff and has been tabbed as the favorite at odds of 9-5 on the morning line. A bay son of Afleet Alex, he has won two of his six starts and was second, beaten a neck, in the San Vicente (G2) in his sophomore debut. He has been training steadily for his comeback effort and will have regular rider Kent Desormeaux aboard for his brother, trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Speightster making graded stakes debut
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Speightster for trainer William Mott. A chestnut son of Speightstown owned and bred by WinStar Farm, he is undefeated from two starts and will be stepping up to stakes competition for the first time. Last time out, he defeated nine rivals as the heavy favorite in an allowance race at Belmont Park. Regular rider Jose Lezcano will be aboard and they will break from post position six.
Blofeld looking to move forward in his second start back
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Blofeld for trainer Todd Pletcher. A gray son of Quality Road, he was undefeated from three starts as a juvenile and was a two-time graded stakes winner. He returned off of a five-month layoff to finish third in an ungraded stakes race at Churchill Downs and has had a recent bullet workout. John Velazquez will be aboard from the rail as he makes his second start off of the bench.
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.