This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Better Lucky Tries to Defend Crown in $200,000 First Lady
On Saturday at Keeneland, the $200,000 First Lady Stakes will serve as a key prep for the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The Grade 1 race will be run at one mile on the turf and has drawn a field of nine fillies and mares.
Dayatthespa has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for trainer Chad Brown. The five-year-old mare was second in the First Lady (G1) in 2013 by a head to Better Lucky and those rivals will square off again. The chestnut daughter of City Zip won her last race, the Yaddo, at Saratoga against state-bred competition and has won two of her three starts at Keeneland. John Velazquez will be back in the irons and the pair will break from post seven.
Better Lucky back on turf for rematch with Dayatthespa
Better Lucky will try to defend her title in the race and has been tabbed at morning line odds of 6-1. Trained by Tom Albertrani, the five-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper will have Mike Smith aboard carrying the royal blue and white silks of Godolphin Racing. She is switching back to the turf after two starts, including a win in the Shine Again Stakes, on the main track at Saratoga. Better Lucky will break from post five.
Filimbi trying to rebound after poor effort at Saratoga
Also in the field at odds of 7-2 is Filimbi for trainer Bill Mott. Bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, the four-year-old daughter of Mizzen Mast is out of their Kentucky Oaks winner, Flute. After beginning her career in France, she made her stateside debut at Keeneland in April and was second against optional claiming company to Somali Lemonade. She will have Joel Rosario aboard and they will break from the rail.
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.
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