Because the Kentucky Oaks happens on Friday and the Kentucky Derby happens on Saturday, this week’s top stakes races occur at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Check out more info on the Oaks and Derby along with four other terrific races happening under the Twin Spires.
Also, check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds for the Top Stakes Races of the Week from Friday, May. 6th to Saturday, May. 7th. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.
Horse Racing Odds & Picks May 2nd Edition
Churchill Downs | Friday, May 6
- Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes – 1 1/6 miles dirt – 4 year olds & up
The five horses confirmed for the Grade 2 Alysheba all have a shot to take the win. Brad Cox trained Fulsome figures to go off the odds-on favorite. Happy Saver, from the Todd Pletcher barn, could upset Fulsome. Weyburn and Title Ready are longshots with a chance. But the Bill Mott trained Olympiad is a serious player.
- Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks – 1 1/8 miles dirt – 3 year old fillies
Pletcher trained Nest is the morning line chalk. There are no knocks. So if you like, then accept the low odds. The other favorites include Echo Zulu and Kathleen O. Secret Oath has a shot and so does Nostalgic. The best longshots are Desert Dawn and Shahama. One of those fillies could surprise at big odds.
Churchill Downs | Saturday, May 7
- Grade 1 Derby City Distaff Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – 4 year old fillies & mares
Four runners are confirmed. Of the four, Bell’s The One or Obligatory will go off the favorite. Center Aisle and Four Graces are talented enough to win this race. The Derby City Distaff will attract more runners than the current four. So it might be a good idea to wait until the rest of the field draws into the event before deciding on who you believe will win.
- Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stakes – 7 furlongs dirt – 4 year olds & up
Three of the top sprinters in the U.S. will step into the starting gate for the Churchill Downs Stakes. Jackie’s Warrior will go off the favorite. But Jackie must deal with 2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Aloha West. Then there’s Prevalence, the Godolphin runner trained by Brendan Walsh that won the Grade 3 Commonwealth in his last. Anyone of the three can step into the winner’s circle. Mind Control and Long Range Toddy are two others that horseplayers can’t take lightly.
- Grade 2 Pat Day Mile – 1 mile dirt – 3 year olds
Jack Cristopher, who would have been one of the favorites to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile if he had run, returns to the track on Saturday in the Pat Day Mile. Last fall, Cristopher was all the rage. The Chad Brown runner will go off the chalk. Pappacap, Newgrange, Doppleganger, and Trafalgar will also attract action.
- Grade 1 Kentucky Derby – 1 ¼ miles dirt – 3 year olds
John Battaglia made Zandon the 3-to-1 morning line chalk. Epicenter, the Louisiana Derby winner, is second-choice while Messier, the second-place finisher in the Santa Anita Derby, is the third-choice. Todd Pletcher’s top runner, Mo Donegal, offers 10-to-1 odds. Taiba, who won the Santa Anita Derby over Messier, is 12-to-1 and Arkansas Derby winner Cyberknife is 16-to-1. If you love backing longshots, the Kentucky Derby is the race for you.