This Saturday sees the running of the premier race of the Indiana Grand race schedule, with the running if the Grade 3 Indiana Derby.
Wedding Toast Tops Competitive Group in $2 Million Breeders' Cup Distaff
On Friday at Keeneland, the featured race is the $2 million Breeders Cup Distaff. The Grade 1 event, carded at a mile and a sixteenth, has a full field of fourteen fillies and mares.
Though the defending champion Untapable was scratched, the race has shaped up to be competitive and wide open with Wedding Toast the slight favorite at 4-1 odds. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the five-year-old daughter of Street Sense has won four of her six starts this year and comes into this race off of three consecutive wins against graded stakes competition. Jose Lezcano will be in the irons and they will break from post position seven.
Stopchargingmaria tops loaded group for Pletcher
Second choice at morning line odds of 5-1 is Stopchargingmaria, one of three contenders in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. A four-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat, she has won eight of her fifteen starts and is a multiple Grade 1 winner. She is trying to rebound after finishing fourth as the favorite in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) last time out and will break from post position four under jockey Javier Castellano.
Ambitious step up for Peruvian star Salama
Also in the field and a longshot at morning line odds of 50-1 is Salama for trainer Charles Lopresti who campaigned Wise Dan to two Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) victories. A bay daughter of Desert Party, the three-year-old filly has been on the board in all nine starts and was a five-time winner in Peru. She made her stateside debut with a runner-up effort in an optional claiming race and will have Julian Leparoux aboard from post three.
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.