This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Son of a Nut Tries to Stay Unbeaten in Indiana Governors
Son of a Nut is the 2/1 morning line favorite despite the glaring fact that he will be making his first start beyond six furlongs. The Jeff Greenhill trainee is […]
Son of a Nut is the 2/1 morning line favorite despite the glaring fact that he will be making his first start beyond six furlongs. The Jeff Greenhill trainee is unbeaten in four starts including wins in a pair of listed stakes events at Indiana Grand. Son of a Nut should get an uncontested lead and has superior Beyer Speed Figures of 84 and 82 in his last two outings, but the distance is the looming question mark despite Greenhill’s excellent 20% mark with runners going sprint to route.
The Devil likes two turns
Devil’s Due West (3/1) has already answered the distance question with aplomb, winning an allowance race at a mile on the turf and the $98,000 Snack Stakes in his last two starts. The Michael Weaver-trained son of Devil His Due will likely have to show new tactics, however, after the consecutive gate-to-wire wins. If jockey Fernando De La Cruz is able to find a rating gear, Devil’s Due West looms at capable and logical contender for the win.
Expect better from Academy Bay
Academy Bay (6/1) ran poorly for trainer Steve Asmussen while finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Snack Stakes behind Devil’s West, but has been much better than that effort suggested and should show up with an improved performance.
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.