Lady Finger Stakes Offers Contentious Betting Opportunity
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Thu 17/09/2015 - 04:12 EDT
Carded as race 4 at Finger Lakes Friday September 16, the Lady Finger Stakes may escape the notice of much of the betting public, but the six furlong tilt has drawn a field of 12 two year-old New York-bred fillies in wide-open wagering event.
At morning line odds of 3/1, Celestial Sighting is the lukewarm favorite for trainer Rudy Rodriguez following a second-place effort in the Bolton Landing Stakes August 19 at Saratoga. That performance in career start number two followed an impressive debut win against maiden special weight foes at the Spa August 3. Celestial Sighting, a daughter of Eskendereya has flashed major ability and may only need to prove she is equally formidable away from Saratoga.
Backwood Bay tries stakes foes again
Backwood Bay (7/2) also scored with a debut win against maiden special weight company at Saratoga while accomplishing the feat August 15. The Linda Rice trainee then returned to run fifth against a tough field in the Seeking the Ante Stakes two weeks later. The daughter of Girolamo may have been compromised by the quick turnaround as Rice boasts better numbers with runners returning from 30-60 days of rest.
Gregorian Gold bypasses maidens
At 5/1 Gregorian Gold can’t be dismissed from consideration for trainer/owner Richard Lugovich. Gregorian Gold, still a maiden, enters the Lady Finger off a second place finish in her debut August 24 at Saratoga.
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.