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 […]
Vicar's In Trouble Takes On Ten In $400,000 Super Derby
On Saturday, three-year-olds will take center stage in the 35th running of the $400,000 Super Derby. The Grade 2 event has drawn a field of eleven and will be contested at a mile and an eighth over the main track at Louisiana Downs.
Vicar’s in Trouble has been named the morning line favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Michael Maker. Rosie Napravnik, who sat out his last two races due to injury, will be back in the saddle and will carry the red and white silks of owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. Since finishing nineteenth and last in the Kentucky Derby (G1), Vicar’s in Trouble has rebounded to run third in both the Iowa Derby (G3) and West Virginia Derby (G2). He will break from post four.
Jessica's Star trying to avenge Ohio Derby defeat
Second choice at odds of 3-1 is Jessica’s Star who will break from the rail under jockey James Graham. Trained by Michael Stidham, the three-year-old gelded son of Magna Graduate was last seen finishing second, beaten a head, in the Ohio Derby after setting the pace despite a rough start. Two starts back, he earned the first graded stakes win of his career in the Iowa Derby (G3). He has been first or second in all of his seven career starts to date and is going for his fifth victory.
East Hall going for first graded stakes victory
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is East Hall, the minor upset winner of the Ohio Derby. Trained by William Kaplan and ridden by regular jockey Juan Leyva, the chestnut gelded son of Graeme Hall will break from post position ten. He earned his first victory of the year last time out and has won three of his sixteen starts. Since winning the Ohio Derby, he has been training steadily at Gulfstream Park.
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.