This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
13 Juveniles Set to Contest Competitive Eddie Logan
The $75,000 Eddie Logan Stakes Saturday, December 27 at Santa Anita features a field of 13 two year-olds going a mile on the turf course in an outstanding betting race.
Daddy DT is the 7/2 favorite for trainer John Sadler after a third place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf October 31. The son of Scat Daddy won his only other turf start, taking the Oak Tree Juvenile in September. Jockey Corey Nakatani has ridden the colt in both turf appearances, and is back aboard in the Eddie Logan. The pair will break from post number three and will benefit from a fast early pace.
Stormy Liberal dangerous on front end
Stormy Liberal (5/1) figures to be close to the early pace for trainer Doug O’Neil, after just missing a front-running stakes score last out in a Grade 3 race at Del Mar November 30. Now, the son of Stormy Atlantic will be making his second start at a route distance and could be prepared to improve off that effort. Stormy Liberal has one win in three career starts, and has been working steadily at Santa Anita. His running style gives him the early jump on Daddy DT, and should be tractable enough to avoid a speed duel.
Red Button back on grass
Red Button (6/1) was impressive in his only turf start, running second in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita before competing in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot on dirt. The Mark Glatt trainee earned a speed figure in the Zuma Beach that would make him tough to beat.
Players looking to create betting value in the 2016 Preakness May 21 at Pimlico face a familiar dilemma in horse racing: create value underneath the heavy favorite or decide whether the heavy favorite is beatable for the top spot.
On Thursday at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby week festivities will begin with the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes. The five-furlong contest has drawn a field of nine two-year-olds.
Likely a top three betting choice in the Kentucky Derby, Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator is a bit of a puzzling case as handicappers begin the process of sorting out contenders in the weeks leading up to the big race.