This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Competitive Field Set for Grade 3 Wilshire Stakes
Trainer Doug O’Neill will saddle the 5/2 morning line favorite Birdlover, a five year-old mare, who has won 5 of 15 career starts including two straight victories. The Great Britain-bred […]
Trainer Doug O’Neill will saddle the 5/2 morning line favorite Birdlover, a five year-old mare, who has won 5 of 15 career starts including two straight victories. The Great Britain-bred daughter of Byron took the Wishing Well Stakes February 8 at Santa Anita before earning another win against allowance foes March 22. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano will be in the irons breaking from post eight.
Mandella Charge looks to regain form
Moulin de Mougin (4/1) experienced a rocky return to the races finishing ninth in the April 4 Thunder Road Stakes after six months on the sidelines. The Richard Mandella trainee won the Grade 2 John C. Mabee Stakes in August at Del Mar before failing to finish in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive in her next start – a race that presumably necessitated the lengthy layoff. If Mouline de Mougin is able to return to winning form, she will be a major factor in the Wilshire, but handicappers will be left to guess which mare shows up.
Bling takes class drop
Blingismything (9/2) drops slightly in class after consecutive third place finishes the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes February 16 at Santa Anita and Grade 3 Las Cienegas Stakes April 11. The five year-old daughter of Arch is still relatively lightly-raced, having won 3 of 9 career starts for trainer Eric Kruljac.
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.