While many racetracks in the United States have shut their doors to the Covid-19 Pandemic, one popular racing venue remains open. Oaklawn Park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, runs races every Thursday through Sunday.
Horseplayers know Oaklawn Park well. The horse racing track has produced top thoroughbreds for over 20 years. Some of the best jockeys and trainers in the United States call Oaklawn their base of operations.
Anthony Van Dyck has been installed as the 2-1 favourite to win the Irish Derby at the Curragh later this month where he will be looking to complete a Classic double following his success in the Epsom Derby for his trainer Aidan O’Brien.
The three-year-old colt hit the front with 100 yards to go at Epsom where he stayed on strongly to hold off the strong challenge of four horses who all finished a length behind him at the end of the 1m4f contest.
The son of Galileo soon became one of the leading two-year-olds last season following victories at Killarney, Leopardstown and the Curragh, the latter being the Group Two Futurity Stakes where he beat his stablemate, Christmas.
His success in Ireland earned Anthony Van Dyck his shot in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket last October where he could only finish in third place behind Too Darn Hot and Advertise, respectively, in the Group One two-year-old contest.
This Saturday horse racing enthusiasts will get to see whether Exaggerator, the winner of the 2016 Preakness Stakes will be able to win the 2016 Belmont Stakes at 5:32PM CDT. The draw for the post positions was held this past Wednesday by the New York Racing Association and Exaggerator will break from Gate 11 as the favorite to win the last race of the Triple Crown.
This year, there will be no Triple Crown Winner as the Nyquist, the winner of the Kentucky Derby finished second during the Preakness Stakes behind Exaggerator and will not be running in the Belmont due to an high white-cell count in his blood after the Preakness.
For those who are thinking about placing a bet on the Belmont Stakes at their favorite online sportsbook, you should consider Stradivari as a possible option to win or to place with a 501 odds to win according to BetOnline.ag.