Fresh off the biggest Derby prep race of the year last Saturday — the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream — horseplayers won’t get time to catch their breath because there are three Derby preps this Saturday, March 10th, all as big as last week’s single race! Plus, betting is available on three future wager pools — the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and for the first time ever, an Oaks-Derby Double.
Here are the big three Derby Preps:
*$300,000 Gotham Stakes (Gr. 3) at Aqueduct
*$400,000 San Felipe Stakes (Gr. 2) at Santa Anita
*$350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Gr. 2) at Tampa Bay Downs
Santa Anita has an amazing under card of three Grade I stakes — if you can call that an under card! The $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap, $400,000 Frank Kilroe Mile and $400,000 Triple Bend Stakes make up the trio.
Tampa and Aqueduct both have stellar under cards as well. The $200,000 Florida Oaks (Gr. 3) and $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes (Gr. 2) are featured at Tampa while the $200,000 Tom Fool Handicap (Gr. 3) and $150,000 Heavenly Prize are showcased in New York.
The Kentucky Derby Future wager opportunities are available from Friday March 9th – Sunday March 11th.
Fans can make advance wagers on the May 5th Kentucky Derby from Friday March 9 – Sunday March 11. Virginia’s 4 OTBs will accept those bets — at Breakers Sports Grille and Ponies & Pints in Richmond, at The Windmill OTB Sports Grill in Collinsville, and at Buckets Bar & Grill in Chesapeake. The four on line betting partner websites will also accept wagers — TVG.com, Xpressbet.com, Twinspires.com and NYRABets.com.