Grade 3 Illinois Derby has Southern California Feel
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Sat 18/04/2015 - 15:15 EDT
3/1 morning line favorite Cross the Line returns quickly after finishing fifth in a field of six April 4 in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby – the colt’s only […]
3/1 morning line favorite Cross the Line returns quickly after finishing fifth in a field of six April 4 in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby – the colt’s only off-the-board finish in six career starts. The Santa Anita Derby was Cross the Line’s first race on dirt after competing exclusively over the synthetic footing of Golden Gate Fields in his first five starts. The cross-country ship, the short rest, and the colt’s ability to handle the surface are legitimate concerns, but many bettors will be reassured by leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s confidence in this runner.
Maiden winner jumps into stakes company
Whiskey Ticket (7/2) broke his maiden at first-asking March 19 at Santa Anita and also gets a vote of confidence from an elite trainer as Bob Baffert opts to ship from California to see how his colt stacks up against stakes company. As a son of 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, Whiskey Ticket is bred to handle the longer distance. Baffert will saddle two of the top betting choices for the Kentucky Derby in Arkansas Derby winner American Pharoah and Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund.
Cassidy runner can't be left out
Verraco (5/1) is yet another Southern California shipper with a big chance. The James Cassidy trainee has won two of five career starts, most recently defeating allowance company February 27 at Santa Anita.
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Wise guys who liked Stradivari in the Preakness have every right to maintain their enthusiasm for the Todd Pletcher-trained colt in the Belmont Stakes where the intriguing runner will likely make his next start.