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 […]
Warren's Veneda Going for Third Straight in $400,000 Santa Margarita
On Saturday at Santa Anita, the featured race is the 78th edition of the $400,000 Santa Margarita. The Grade 1 race, carded at a mile and an eighth on the main track, has drawn a field of seven fillies and mares.
The California-bred mare Warren’s Veneda tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 2-1 for trainer Craig Lewis. A five-year-old daughter of Affirmative bred by owner Benjamin Warren, the seven-time career winner is two for two this year and was last seen defeating a field of seven rivals in the Santa Maria (G2) at Santa Anita in February. Regular rider Tyler Baze will be in the irons and they will break from post position seven.
Dame Dorothy heading west for Todd Pletcher
Todd Pletcher will saddle Dame Dorothy as the second choice at odds of 5-2 on the morning line. Purchased for $390,000 as a yearling, the four-year-old daughter of Bernardini has won five of her six career starts. She returned off of a freshening in January to win the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Gulfstream and has been training forwardly since then. Rafael Bejarano will be in the irons for the first time and they will break from post three.
Tiz Midnight trying to rebound and return to form
Also in the field at morning line odds of 4-1 is Tiz Midnight for trainer Bob Baffert. A five-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute, the bay mare is trying to rebound after finishing sixth as the heavy favorite in the Santa Maria (G2) last time out. A four-time career winner, she has been training steadily since then and will be trying to earn the second graded stakes win of her career. Martin Garcia will be in the irons from post positon five.
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.