There is no betting horse race like the Grade 1, $3 million Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs! The race draws 20 of the best three-year-olds in […]
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On Sunday at Woodbine, the featured race is the $1 million Canadian International Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and a half on the turf, the prestigious Grade 1 has attracted a field of eleven colts and geldings.
Second Step (IRE) tops the competitive field as the morning line favorite at 3-1 odds for trainer Luca Cumani. Bred and owned by Merry Fox Stud, the four-year-old gelding is by Dalakhani and has been on the board in eight of his ten starts. A five-time winner, he notched a Group 1 victory in Germany in August in what was the biggest victory of his career. Andrea Atzeni will be in the irons and they will break from post position four.
Second choice at odds of 7-2 on the morning line is Cannock Chase for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Though bred in Kentucky, the bay son of Lemon Drop Kid has raced primarily in Great Britain where he has been on the board in eight of his nine starts with four career victories. He will be competing with Lasix for the first time and will have jockey Ryan Moore aboard from post position two.
Also in the field at morning line odds of 10-1 is Up With the Birds for trainer Graham Motion. The Sovereign Horse of the Year in 2013, the champion son of Stormy Atlantic is a homebred for Sam-Son Farm and has won seven of his nineteen starts. He has gone winless since July of 2014 and was fourth last time out in the Commonwealth Cup (G2). John Velazquez will be aboard from post five.
This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
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.