The popular annual Kentucky Derby party, featuring wagering on the Kentucky Derby, will be held this Saturday at Ruidoso Downs and Billy The Kid Casino along with simulcasting on the potent Kentucky Oaks program on Friday.
A strong Kentucky Derby field races on Saturday afternoon. A program of six stakes races, headed by the classic Kentucky Oaks, will be offered on Friday. The Oaks has a 4:12 post time.
There will be wagering on races from Churchill Downs on Friday and Saturday. Plus, there will be advance wagering on the entire Saturday program provided on Friday.
There is a new $2 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Pick 6 this year featuring six grade 1 races, highlighted by the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. There is also a Kentucky Derby-Kentucky Oaks double provided.
The totally renovated All American Turf Club will be open at noon on Saturday. Billy’s Race Book opens at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 4:50 p.m.
There will be a $500 handicapping contest to select the Kentucky Derby winner. The winner will be picked from among the fans who chose the Kentucky Derby winner.
The $500 Kentucky Derby hat contest for is anyone who desires to participate by wearing a stylish or distinguishable hat. The hat contest will be held inside Billy’s Sport’s Bar and Grill at 3 p.m.
When morning-line favorite Omaha Beach was scratched from the Derby on Wednesday the race lost some luster, however trainer Bob Baffert holds a stellar hand with three entrants. They are Roadster, Game Winner and Improbable.
Speedway Stables’ Roadster is the winner of three of four career starts with a one-half length victory over Game Winner in the Santa Anita Derby, his most recent start.
Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner has been second in each of his two 2019 starts after going undefeated from four starts last year and being honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old male. Those four wins were capped by a two-and-one-half-length win in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile
Improbable won the Los Alamitos Futurity back in December and then was second in his division of the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby.
The favorite for the Kentucky Oaks should be Kaleem Shahs Inc.’s Bellafina. She has won six of her eight starts and each of those wins was in a stakes race. The Simon Callaghan-trained filly won the Santa Anita Oaks by an easy five lengths in her latest start as the 3-10 favorite.