This week the Road to the Kentucky Derby heads to Oklahoma City and Remington Park for the Springboard Mile. The winner gets 10 points for first place in its quest to qualify for the early May Kentucky Derby. Also, second place receives four points, third place is given to points and fourth will be awarded one point to help qualify. It features a $400,000 purse.

This race is the last before a short break is taken in the Kentucky Derby Prep Races. IT will feature 11 entries in the main event which is scheduled for post time at 7:52 p.m. CT. This will be the 11th race is a full day of 12 total races.

 

Not a Chance

Kaziranga is set at 50-1 odds to win out of the Calumet Farm with Steve Asmussen as the trainer. The most telling tale on this horse is they chose Ellis Park to make his debut which means they trainer doesn’t think much of the chances for this colt.

Dobbins is in on his home turf and is set at 30-1 odds to win. He broke his maiden in his fifth try and in latter races finish third in the mile. The  racing company for this horse far exceeds any he has taken on in previous affairs.

D Toz is also a home Oklahoma bred horse and has won his last two starts with his maiden in October. Remington Park has been the sight of his previous three races. He is 30-1 odds to win.

Six Shooter has never been out of the money but has only raced in Indiana and Kentucky. He broke his maiden at the Indiana Grand but this is his stakes debut and is set at 20-1 to win.

 

Longshot

Another Asmussen trained horse is Tone Broke that is 15-1 odd to win. This horse has won its previous two races at a mile length after getting beat easily on a wet track by Marquee Prince. This might be worth a longshot but not my favorite.

Bankit comes in with 10-1 odds and a candidate for a longshot to get in the money. This Asmussen horse has only raced at Saratoga and Belmont Park with a win in the Sleepy Hallo mile.

 

Could Surprise

Tobacco Road enters with 8-1 odds to in and another Steve Asmussen trained horse. He has plenty of experience with two wins in a row at Ellis Park and a fourth place at the Iroquois.

Marquee Prince has been in four races of a mile and finished with a maiden at the Indiana Grand He has been beaten by Improbable at the Street Sense Stakes. I go this one out of the money even with 8-1 odds.

 

Contenders

With 3-1 odds to win, Long Range is Asmussen’s best entry into the race. He has defeated his stablemate Tobacco Road at the Clever Trevor Stakes in November and has won twice in three tries at Remington Park. This one has a chance to win.

A very likely candidate to win this race is Dunph at 9-2 odds. He has a lot of winning experience. He will sit back a bit early in the race but showed at the Pen National he has hat it takes by winning easily. Serious money should be considered for this horse.

 

One to Beat

That award goes to Epic Dreamer at 2-1 odds. Ridden by Javier Castellano this son of Orb has won plenty in New York He broke his maiden at Mihos and is a flashy runner and can go the mile very easily.

 

Our Picks: The head of the class is Epic Dreamer followed by Dunph and Long Range in that order.

 

Kentucky Derby Prep Races Schedule:

Jan. 1  Jerome @ Aqueduct

Jan. 5  Sham @ Santa Anita

Jan. 12 Lecomte @ Fair Grounds

Jan. 25  Smarty Jones @ Oaklawn Park

Feb. 2 Withers @ Aqueduct

Feb. 2  Robert B. Lewis @ Santa Anita

Feb. 2  Holy Bull @ Gulfstream Park

Feb. 9  Sam F. Davis @ Tampa Bay Downs

Feb. 16  El Camino Real Derby @ Golden Gate

Feb. 18  Southwest @ Oaklawn Park

 

This Kentucky Derby Championship Series begins February 16, 2019