The 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby has seen a series of races where horses qualified for the 2019 Kentucky Derby on May 4. The Derby field is limited to 20 horses, with up to four' also eligible' for a late field withdrawal.
There are three separate routes for horses to take to qualify for the Derby: the main route consisting of races in North America (plus one in Dubai), the Japan Road consisting of four races in Japan, and a European Road consisting of seven races in England, Ireland and France.
The points system that determines the field of 3-year - old horses in the Kentucky Derby each year was implemented before the 2013 edition of the race, replacing an old qualifying system that used earnings on graded stakes.
To the 2019 Kentucky Derby, the Omaha Beach was installed as the new favorite due to its impressive win at the Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach is a 3-year old colt owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc. Originally thought of Omaha Beach as a grass horse, he became the colt.
This impressive horse was trained by Richard Mendalla, a hall of fame trainer who made some of the greatest feats of horse racing. He won nine races in the Breeders ' Cup, including his four wins at Santa Anita Park in 2003, capped by the victory of Pleasantly Perfect in the Breeders ' Cup Classic (G1). In the current Kentucky expert 2019 picks, his horse, Omaha Beach, earned his spot as the 3 - 1 favorite.
From Omaha Beach’s performance, he won first place from three different horse racing competitions, namely, Maiden Special Weights, Rebel Stakes and on his latest win, Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach is going to walk the shedrow to settle in after the van ride for a few days while recovering from his last race.
Just behind Omaha Beach at 4-1 is Baffert’s third Kentucky Derby horse named Roadster. Roadster form Speedway Stable LLC. The horse is trained by Bob Baffert, a two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer with his horse named American Pharoah. Baffert has trained 13 American Classic Races, 14 Breeders' Cup races, 3 Dubai World Cups and the inaugural Pegasus World Cup.
Earlier this month, Roadster won a six-horse Santa Anita Derby beating Game Winner in a nail - biter by a half-length held last April 6, 2019, in Santa Anita Park. Santa Anita Derby is a three - year - old thoroughbred American Grade 1 horse race. Its track distance is 1 and ⅛ miles or 9 furlongs.
Game Winner is a 3-year-old colt owned by Gary L. West and Mary E. West. Similar to Roadster, Game Winner was trained by Bob Baffert. Last 2018, the horse gained consecutive wins from four different derby competitions namely, Maiden Special Weights, Del Mar Futurity (G1), American Pharaoh Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
From Game Winner’s latest performance, he was declared on second spot on Rebel Stakes (G2) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). Despite his loss, experts are confident with him winning the Kentucky Horse Derby because of his consistency and speed on the track.
One of Bob Baffert’s trained horses is Improbable who remained 1-2 in the Kentucky Derby Media Poll — owned by WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd., and SF Racing LLC. Typically, Baffert starts a horse in blinkers and then takes it off once it's time to relax and stretch. Baffert wanted to try a different deal and figure out a new style then he added blinkers to Improbable’s training regimen.
He is a Grade 1 winner at age two was unlikely to be defeated by a neck in his 3-year - old debut, running second at Oaklawn Park earlier this year to Long Range Toddy in the Rebel Stakes (G2). Improbable’s 2018 performance is quite superb for he won three successive derby competition from Median Special Weights, Street Sense, and Los Alamitos Futurity.
Betting in horse racing is one of the most enjoyable sports in the state. There’s a lot of factors where viewers/audience base on their bets. Some of them refer to statistics, luck magnets, and past performances. In general, many horse racing fans and experts focus more on top performing horses from previous prestigious derby races in the country. With that, they forecast the results on the next Kentucky Horse Derby. One factor people observe for odd picks is the horse’s profile. It could be its trainer or training regimen.
Horse bet racing is somewhat fun, but you must do it in moderation. Play and gamble just for fun, do not focus your world on it. It is a high risk of opportunity. Kentucky Race Derby is around the corner, expert picks and competition predictions are all over the internet. When betting, trust your instinct and base on numbers and performances.