$100,000 Grade 3 Modesty Has Wide-Open Feel
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Thu 09/07/2015 - 21:30 EDT
Riposte gets a slight nod from the morning line oddsmaker as the 3/1 favorite for trainer Bill Mott. Riposte, a grade 2 winner in 2014 has yet to find the winner’s circle in four starts this year – all of which were graded stakes events. In her last outing, Riposte finished third in the Grade 2 New York Stakes at Belmont Park June 5. Her best showing of 2015 was a second place finish in the Grade 3 Very One Stakes February 21 at Gulfstream Park. Riposte will break from post 10 under jockey Jose Lezcano.
Walk Close looks to snap losing streak
At 7/2 on the morning line, Walk Close, a four year-old Christophe Clement-trainee, is the second choice as she looks to notch her fourth win in her tenth career start. Walk Close has dropped her last six starts, finishing no better than third in a variety of listed and graded stakes events. In her last start, Walk Close ran third in the Keertana Stakes May 16 at Churchill Downs.
Foreign invader holds plenty of intrigue
The Uruguayan-bred, French-raced, Gaga A checks in at 9/2 after making a successful U.S. debut winning the Possibly Perfect Handicap June 7 at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Gaga A is a Group 3 winner in France, and has won 5 of 29 career starts.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.