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 […]
Wide Open Field of Eight Set for $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes
Ready for Rye has been given the slight edge on the morning line in the competitive field as has been set as the favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer […]
Ready for Rye has been given the slight edge on the morning line in the competitive field as has been set as the favorite at odds of 9-5 for trainer Tom Albertrani. A gelded son of City Zip, he has won two of his four starts and was last seen winning the Swale Stakes (G2) over Daredevil who is favored in the Wood Memorial (G1). The bay gelding is scheduled to break from post position three and will have Luis Saez, aboard last time out, back in the irons.
Lord Nelson cutting back to a sprint
Second choice at 2-1 on the morning line is Lord Nelson for trainer Bob Baffert. Purchased for $340,000 as a yearling, the chestnut son of Pulpit has won half of his six starts and is a multiple stakes winner. After racing in California for both starts as a sophomore, he will be shipping east and cutting back to a sprint after racing two-turns last time out. He has been training sharply since his last race, a fourth-place finish behind Dortmund, and will have Joel Rosario aboard from the rail.
Majestic Affair going for first graded stakes win
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Majestic Affair, one of two starters in the race for trainer Chad Brown. A gelded son of Majesticperfection, he has won four of his seven starts and only finished off the board once. He was second as the heavy favorite last time out against minor stakes company at Aqueduct. He will be getting a jockey change to Javier Castellano and they are scheduled to break from the outside post.
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.