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 […]
Untapable Prepping for Breeders' Cup in $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes
On Sunday at Keeneland, the featured race is the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes. A Grade 1 event and an automatic qualifier for the Breeders Cup Distaff (G1), the race will be contested at a mile and an eighth on the main track.
Untapable tops the field of nine fillies and mares as the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Steve Asmussen. A four-year-old daughter of Tapit bred and owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds, she has won nine of her sixteen starts and ended her Eclipse Award winning three-year-old season last year with a win in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). She has one win from five starts this year and was last seen finishing third in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1). John Velazquez will be aboard and they will break from post position three.
Lovely Maria trying to return to form
Second choice at 7-2 on the morning line is Lovely Maria, the lone sophomore in the race taking on older rivals. Trained by Larry Jones, the bay filly is a daughter of Majesticperfection and has been on the board in seven of her ten starts with four career victories. After winning the Kentucky Oaks (G1), she has struggled in her last two starts and has finished off the board. Regular rider Kerwin Clark will be aboard and they will break from the inside post.
Got Lucky looking for second graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 7-2 is Got Lucky, one of two fillies in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, she has won five of her fifteen starts and notched her first graded stakes victory earlier in the year in the Molly Pitcher Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park. She was second in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) last time out and is scheduled to break from post position four under jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr.
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.