This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Racing's Elite Converge on Churchill Downs Opening Week
On Friday, May 1, the Kentucky Oaks undercard includes the Grade 1, $300,000 La Troienne Stakes with 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks champion Untapable chief among the 22 […]
On Friday, May 1, the Kentucky Oaks undercard includes the Grade 1, $300,000 La Troienne Stakes with 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks champion Untapable chief among the 22 nominees for the race. On the Derby Day undercard, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero, Bayern, could make his first appearance of 2015 in the Grade 2, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs.
Bayern and Palace Malice cross-nominated
Bayern is also nominated for the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes on Oaks day at a mile and a sixteenth. Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and 2014 Metropolitan Handicap, is also nominated for both the Churchill Downs and Alysheba Stakes. Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist is yet another marquee nominee for the Alysheba.
More BC winners possible
Nominees for the Grade 1, $400,000 Humana Distaff on Derby day include 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Judy the Beauty, who finished fourth to Midnight Lucky in the Humana Distaff last year for trainer Wesley Ward. Other Breeders’ Cup winners from 2014 nominated for opening week stakes at Churchill Downs include Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli who is nominated for the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood on Oaks day and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny who could suit up for the Grade 2, $250,000 American Turf.
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.