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 […]
Todd Pletcher Duo Poised for $2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile
The Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile was reduced from a field of thirteen to twelve when the likely favorite, American Pharoah, scratched due to a hoof bruise. The $2 million race will be run at a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita.
The undefeated Daredevil has inherited the favoritism at morning line odds of 7-2 and is one of two horses for trainer Todd Pletcher. A chestnut son of More than Ready purchased for $260,000 as a yearling, he won his debut over a muddy track at Belmont Park as the favorite. He followed that up with a win in the Champagne (G1) over a sloppy surface to remain a perfect two for two. Javier Castellano will be aboard and they will break from post twelve.
Carpe Diem puts perfect record on the line
Second choice at 4-1 on the morning line is Carpe Diem, another undefeated juvenile for Pletcher. Purchased for $1.6 million in March, the chestnut son of Giant’s Causeway delivered as the heavy favorite in his debut at Saratoga. He followed that up with a 6 ¼ length victory in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland over a field of eleven rivals. John Velazquez, aboard for both starts, will remain in the irons and they will break from post nine.
Zayat Stables represented by Mr. Z
Also in the field is from post ten is Mr. Z, a longshot at 20-1 on the morning line for the same owners, Zayat Stables, that own American Pharoah. The two-year-old son of Malibu Moon is trained by D. Wake Lukas and will get the addition of blinkers for the first time with a rider change to Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. The chestnut colt broke his maiden at first asking at Churchill and has been second in three of his four efforts against stakes company.
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.