This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes Looks Like A Great Betting Race
The Grade 3 $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes November 15 at Del Mar features a field of nine two year-olds set to go seven furlongs on the Polytrack in an attractive betting race.
The Jerry Hollendorfer trained Prime Engine is the lukewarm 3/1 morning line favorite after beginning his career with two wins – one against maiden special weight foes and one against minor stakes competition – at Emerald Downs. The son of Northern Afleet will be making his debut on a synthetic surface and will surely find the competition more difficult than what he was facing in the Pacific Northwest. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has the mount breaking from post position four.
Sharp maiden victor looks for stakes win
Alright Alright (7/2) was a sharp winner in his debut October 25 at Santa Anita for trainer Darrell Vienna. Alright Alright will tackle winners and synthetic footing for the first time with jockey Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. Alright Alright’s sire, Munnings, was a precocious runner that excelled at the seven furlong sprint distance throughout his stakes-winning career perhaps providing pedigree handicappers with a logical reason to support this colt.
Diamond Majesty could move forward
Diamond Majesty (9/2) is a son of 2010 three year-old colt of the year Lookin At Lucky, and also has a right to improve quickly. The Patrick Biancone trainee broke his maiden in career start number two against maiden special weight company at Santa Anita October 29 nearly four months after his third place debut.
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.