This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Pharoah Takes on All Challengers in Grade 1 Travers Stakes
American Pharoah will break from post 2 while looming over the field as the 1/5 favorite following his successful bid as the first Triple Crown champion in 36 years and […]
American Pharoah will break from post 2 while looming over the field as the 1/5 favorite following his successful bid as the first Triple Crown champion in 36 years and romping in the Grade 1 Haskell Stakes in July for good measure. With the exception of a hard-fought win in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, the Bob Baffert trainee has looked invincible while winning the Preakness, Belmont and Haskell with absurd ease. Any fear that American Pharoah could be tiring from his demanding campaign appears to have been allayed by his successful workout Sunday August 23 at Del Mar under Baffert’s watchful eye. The field would likely need a miscue or uncharacteristically poor effort from American Pharoah in order to seriously challenge for win honors.
Frosted looks ready for sharp effort
Frosted (6/1) ran well to be second behind American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes and returned with another second place effort in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy after losing a shoe. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has expressed his confidence in the gray son of Tapit following a string of workouts at the Spa. Frosted should be picking up the pieces late under jockey Joel Rosario.
BC Juvenile champ rounding into form
Texas Red is a surprising 8/1 on the morning line despite having bested Frosted in the Jim Dandy and wining the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in dominant fashion. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by brother Kent Desormeaux, Texas Red is an obvious contender who should appreciate the 1 1/4-mile distance.
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.