Handful of Contenders Vie in Cardinal
Category : News
Thu 07/11/2013 - 16:00 EST
A competitive field of 10, including a number of graded-stakes winners and a former Breeders’ Cup participant, are entered this Saturday for the running of the $100,000 Grade III Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs. The Cardinal is open to fillies and mares three-years-old and up racing 1 1/8 miles on the turf. The race will go as the eighth on the 10-race Saturday card at Churchill, and is the only stakes event scheduled at Churchill this weekend. The four-year-old fillies Solid Appeal and Somali Lemonade have been assigned high weight of 119 lbs.
Top three all stepping back from Grade I company
Made the morning line favorite at 3-1 is the Irish-bred Starstruck, who won the Grade III Matchmaker Stakes at Monmouth two starts back, before finishing fourth, beaten three lengths, in the Grade I Rodeo Drive. The winner of the Rodeo Drive, Tiz Flirtatious, went on to finish sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, while the second-place finisher, Marketing Mix, was fifth in the same race. Co-second choices in the Cardinal at 7-2 are Miz Ida, fourth in the Grade I First Lady in her last start, and Somali Lemonade, most recently sixth in the Grade I Flower Bowl Invitational.
Other contenders also in single digits on morning line
Some value could be had with Solid Appeal, listed at 4-1 in the morning line. Although she began her career on the Woodbine polytrack, she has won three times on the turf, including back-to-back wins earlier this year in the Grade II Nassau as well as the Grade II Dance Smartly Stakes. Two starts ago she stepped up to Grade I company in the Beverly D. Handicap, finishing sixth to BC Filly and Mare Turf winner Dank. Also in the field at 5-1 is Abaco, the second-place finisher in the Grade III Athenia Stakes at Belmont last month.
The best three-year-old horses in the country will meet in the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021. Find out the best horses to bet, including live longshots, and find out the best sportsbooks where you can bet the Kentucky Derby online!
Free picks for the 2020 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
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.