From TSN. Maybe the absence of legit KD contenders has given us a good betting race? At first blush, Boutrous at 12/1 looks tempting.
Solid field of 10 entered in Santa Anita Derby
"Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - An evenly matched field of 10 has been entered for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby. The 1 1/8 mile race is an important prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.
Eight colts and two geldings have been entered in the 70th running of the event. Coming down from the north of California is two-time stakes winner Bwana Bull.
Bwana Bull is coming off a win in the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows which he won after a triumph at Golden Gate Park in the California Derby. The chestnut colt has won half of his eight career starts for $244,962.
Regular rider Russell Baze will be in the saddle on Bwana Bull as the pair will start from post 3. An even-money favorite in his last start, Bwana Bull is owned by Mark DeDomenic, Dan Jelladian and Jerry Todaro. The three-year-old is trained by northern California's top conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer and is 8-1 in the morning line.
Set to break just to the inside of Bwana Bull is Sam P., the second place horse to Great Hunter in the Robert B. Lewis Srakes. Sam P. will have the services of jockey Ramon Dominguez for the first time.
One of trainer Todd Pletcher's many Kentucky Derby contenders, Sam P. began the year with a fourth place victory in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The chestnut colt has earned $127,564 in seven starts and two wins. Owned by Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli, Sam P. is the 4-1 third choice in the program.
Pletcher also has Hutcheson Stakes winner King of the Roxy entered. The colt finished 2006 with an eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile after posting a win in the Belmont Futurity.
Jockey Richard Migliore will ride King of the Roxy for the time on Saturday, starting from post 8.
"I've never even sat on the horse," Migliore said. "I thought his Hutcheson was a really good race. It was really impressive. I know everybody's questioning how far he can go, but he kind of leveled off and ran for home that day, and that was at 7 1/2 (furlongs), so we're only talking about three- sixteenths more."
Owned by Team Valor Stables, King of the Roxy has won three of six career starts for $316,400. He is the 3-1 morning line second pick behind 5-2 favorite Liquidity.
Liquidity is coming back to California after a disappointing sixth place finish in the Louisiana Derby. The bay colt will start from post 5 with Corey Nakatani again riding.
"He's probably one of the most talented horses of them all," said trainer Doug O'Neill, "and you hate to say that, because it could be a jinx, but he is extremely talented. He looks great and he's trained well, but until they show it in the afternoon, you never know."
Owned by J. Paul Reddam, Liquidity has just one win in six career starts for $152,200. He was second this year in the Sham Stakes after closing 2006 with a runner-up finish to Stormello in the Hollywood Futurity.
"He's young and starting to come into his own," noted Nakatani. "He wants to be in the race, like a typical speed horse."
Completing the field for the Santa Anita Derby in post position order are Court the King, Jose Valdivia Jr., 20-1; Boutrous, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1; Black Seventeen, Clinton Potts, 15-1; Level Red, Aaron Gryder, 5-1; Tiago, Mike Smith, 20-1; and Medici Code, Jorge Chavez, 30-1.
The Santa Anita Derby goes as race six on an 11-race program and will be televised by NBC. Scheduled post time is 5:45 p.m. (et). "
1. Court the King (KY), Jose Valdivia, Jr., 20/1
2. Sam P. (KY), Ramon A. Dominguez, 4/1
3. Bwana Bull (KY), Russell A. Baze, 8/1
4. Boutrous (KY), Kent J. Desormeaux, 12/1
5. Liquidity (KY), Corey S. Nakatani, 5/2
6. Black Seventeen (FL), Clinton L. Potts, 15/1
7. Level Red (KY), Aaron T. Gryder, 5/1
8. King of the Roxy (OH), Richard Migliore, 3/1
9. Tiago (KY), Mike E. Smith, 20/1
10. Medici Code (GB), Jorge F. Chavez, 30/1
Justed watched the Replay of the Lewis again. At the top of the stretch it looked like Great Hunter would win by 5....but somehow (Pletcher Juice?)...Sam P was coming again...after GH came in on him just a bit.
Sam P. should be able to sit behind the speed comfortably and when the juice kicks in...it's time to pounce. (gotta back my future wager)
Haven't cashed a ticket yet on the trail (0-3)...but I'm not one to stop firing away.
Think a bomber could easily hit the board here...so instead of a win bet (4-1 seems fair enough)..I'll try:
$1 tri-wheel - 2-all-all~~$72
$28 place~~#2 (what was I gonna do with the change anyhow)
Good Luck to the Bettors!
This message has been edited by KatmanAKs on Apr 5, 2007 9:21 AM This message has been edited by KatmanAKs on Apr 5, 2007 9:21 AM
Kat, you're man after my own heart! I too need total wagers to end up some easily divisble number, mild ocd perhaps? Anywho, only thing I'd say is that maybe switching your place wager to a $6 ex all/2 would be more prudent if you really think a price horse (Boutrous) may be able to take it down. An exactal like that could easily bring in 150-200 per $2.
Reg, sounded like a good idea...until I realized the cost of a wheel in a 10 horse race is $72. Still have harness racing stuck in my head (8-horse fields at Freehold...$42 for a wheel). What do I do with $28?