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 […]
Upstart Colts With Something to Prove in $200,000 American Derby
The Grade III $200,000 American Derby is part of Million Preview Day July 12 in Chicago, featuring four graded-stakes races on turf.
The American Derby, run at a mile and three sixteenths on the grass is the local prep race for the Grade I Secretariat Stakes August 16 on Million Day. The premier grass race for three year-olds in America, this year’s renewal of the American Derby has attracted a field of ten led by 3/1 morning line favorite Schoolofhardrocks who ships in from California for trainer David Hoffmans while making his third start on turf and third career route.
California shipper tabbed as ML favorite
Schoolofhardrocks exits a mile and eighth allowance score at Santa Anita that saw him post a field-best 93 Beyer Speed Figure. The son of Rock Hard Ten will break from post number four with Victor Espinoza taking the mount. Espinoza has not ridden the colt since his career debut win at Del Mar. He figures to face a stern test from 7/2 second choice Divine Oath who could enjoy the added ground after running a late-closing fourth in the Penn Mile.
Promising turfer steps up for Catalano
The lone Euro invader is Our Channel (6/1 ML) who hadn’t run a bad race until a 13th place finish in a group I race in Great Britain in his last start. Highball (8/1 ML) looks like an interesting outsider for Chicago-based trainer Wayne Catalano after a sharp maiden special weight score going a mile and an eighth at Churchill Downs where he overcame a poor start to win going away in a field of eleven. He will face the class test in the American.
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.