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 […]
Turf Sprinters Featured in the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes
Turf sprinters will be featured on Thursday at Saratoga in the 5th running of the $100,000 Quick Call Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the five and a half furlong stakes race will be contested over the Mellon Turf Course and has drawn a field of seven.
The morning line favorite at 5-2 is Favorite Tale, a gelded son of Tale of the Cat out of a half sister to Horse of the Year Favorite Trick. Trained by Guadalupe Preciado, he will be making his turf debut under jockey Rosie Napravnik. He has won four of his seven lifetime starts and was last seen finishing second in the Oh Say Stakes by a neck. He will break from post position five.
Pure Sensation going for first win of the year
Second choice at 3-1 is Pure Sensation, a homebred son of Zenzational for Patricia Generazio. Trained by Christophe Clement with Jose Lezcano named to ride, the three-year-old colt has never tried the turf and was last seen finishing fifth in the Woody Stephens (G2) at Belmont. He is winless from two starts this year and is still looking for his second career win.
Escapist undefeated on the turf
Escapist is the only horse in the field to have actually won on the grass and he will put his undefeated streak on the line. A perfect two for two for trainer Peter Pugh, the sophomore son of Stroll has been installed at 8-1 on the morning line with Chris DeCarlo in the irons. He won his career debut on the grass at Gulfstream in February and followed that up with an allowance win on the Belmont lawn in June.
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.