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 Nine Set for $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes
On Saturday at Aqueduct, the track will host the $100,000 Woodhaven Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds, the race is scheduled to be run at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and has drawn a field of nine colts and geldings.
Unbridled Daddy headlines the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 5-2 for trainer Todd Pletcher. A dark bay son of Scat Daddy, he has been on the board in three of his five starts and is trying to earn his third career victory. He made his sophomore debut a winning one last time out with a victory against optional claiming competition at Gulfstream Park and will be stepping back up to stakes company. Manuel Franco will be aboard and they will break from post position seven.
Highland Sky rounding into form
Second choice at morning line odds of 3-1 is Highland Sky for trainer Barclay Tagg. A dark bay son of Sky Mesa, he has been on the board in two of his four starts and is trying to notch his second win. He returned off of a five-month layoff last time out and was second in a minor stakes race at Gulfstream Park. Luis Saez will be in the irons and they will break from post position two.
Class test for maiden winner Mighty Mo
Also in the field at morning line odds of 5-1 is Mighty Mo for trainer Bill Mott. From the first crop of champion Uncle Mo, he was purchased for $160,000 as a juvenile and is stepping up to stakes company for the first time. He broke his maiden in his second career start off of a seven-month layoff and has been training steadily since that win. Junior Alvarado has the mount from post 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.