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 […]
Vyjack and Reload Square Off in Lure Stakes
Reload is the 8/5 morning line favorite for trainer Shug McGaughey despite finishing three quarters of a length behind Vyjack last out in the Forbidden Apple Stakes. The six year-old […]
Reload is the 8/5 morning line favorite for trainer Shug McGaughey despite finishing three quarters of a length behind Vyjack last out in the Forbidden Apple Stakes. The six year-old son of Hard Spun will be making his second start off a layoff of 45-180 days – a 17% winning angle for McGaughey. Javier Castellano, who has ridden Reload in five consecutive starts, retains the mount breaking from post 6.
Vyjack proving capabilities on turf
Vyjack, the 2/1 second choice for trainer Bill Mott, has adjusted nicely to the grass in his last two starts, running second and third respectively in the Grade 3 Poker Stakes and Forbidden Apple at Belmont. The classy five year-old gelding is a multiple graded stakes winner on dirt and will be ridden for the third consecutive time by Junior Alvarado. Vyjack should find this an easier spot after chasing the talented King Kreesa in each of his last two starts.
Pletcher horse training well
Charming Kitten (4/1) may be a step slower than the top two, but is capable of winning on his best day, and has been training forwardly at the Spa, completing a bullet four-furlong move August 1 in 47.04 seconds over the turf. Trainer Todd Pletcher hits at a 25% clip with runners returning from 31-60 day layoffs.
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.