West Virginia Derby & West Virginia Governor’s Odds

A brilliant evening of racing awaits at Mountaineer Park with the exciting renewals of both the West Virginia Derby and West Virginia Governor’s.

In the West Virginia Derby one of the most intriguing horses in the field is Red Route One who will be taking a significant drop down in class than when last seen finishing down the field in the 2023 Belmont Stakes.

O’Connor will be hoping he can go one step better in the West Virginia Governor’s than when he finished second in the 2023 Ghostzapper Stakes. Unlucky not to win that day, he will start as one of the more likely contenders for the $200,000 contest.

West Virginia Derby

Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to three year old horses. Total prize pool: $500,000

A field of twelve are due to head down to post for this year’s West Virginia Derby. 

Red Route One finished fourth in the 2023 Preakness Stakes and eighth in the 2023 Belmont Stakes and back in calmer waters will be looking to win his first graded prize. 

Raise Cain tasted success in the 2023 Gotham Stakes and has subsequently posted some good efforts in illustrious company. A narrow runner up last time out in the 2023 Indiana Derby, he is another horse bound to give his running. 

One in Vermillion is another who was just denied when he finished second in the 2023 Iowa Derby. Five times a Stakes winner, he knows how to win races of this nature and is another who has to warrant serious consideration. 

Another horse that looks set to make the frame is Tapit’s Conquest. Although he has only won twice, he has kept some pretty smart company and has posted some decent results in races such as the 2023 Louisiana Derby and 2023 Risen Star Stakes. He looks an attractive value angle.

Two horses renew rivalries from the Ohio Derby where Lord Miles finished fourth and Timesatappin finished two spots further back  in sixth. Of the two it’s Lord Miles who will be hoping to come out on top once again. A winner of the 2023 Wood Memorial Stakes, that form is amongst the best in the field and he certainly holds a live chance. 

Dreaming of Kona has won three of his seven career starts but could only finish fifth last time out in the 2023 Manila Stakes. He will be hoping to bounce back to form. 

The same can be said of Groveland, who despite being a winner last time out in Allowance company will hope to build on a placed finish in the 2023 Sam F Davis Stakes

Rounding out the field are West Coast Cowboy, Fartlek, My Man Biggie and Looka Looka

Of the quartet, it’s West Coast Cowboy who should merit the most attention. His third place finish in the 2023 Holy Bull Stakes stacks up well in this field and he is another who can’t be discounted. 

West Virginia Derby Odds

An intriguing race awaits in this year’s West Virginia Derby. With plenty of horses set to give their running One in Vermillion could be the one to side with. His five Stakes wins is amongst the best form on offer and he looks certain to contend here.

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Betting Odds by Jazzsports
Dreaming of KonaScott SpiethAldana Spieth +2000
Lord MilesArnaldo BocachiaSaffie Joseph +600
Tapit’s ConquestFlorent GerouxBrad Cox +400
Red Route OneCristian TorresSteve Asmussen +350
Looka LookaAjhari WilliamsRobert Williams +5000
My Man BiggieFausto Da SilvaShannon Simpson +5000
TimesatappinKevin GonzalezLori Smith +3000
One in VermillionHarry HernandezEsteban Martinez +400
GrovelandJesus CastanonEoin Harty +2000
FartlekJames SteinemanRobert Fiesman +5000
Raise CainLuan MachadoBen Colebrook +300
West Coast CowboyTyler ConnorSaffie Joseph +1000

West Virginia Governor’s

Grade 3, 1 mile and a sixteenth, dirt, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $200,000

Another loaded field will head down to post for this year’s West Virgina Governor’s. A Grade 3 contest, the early favorite for the race looks set to be the Saffie Joseph trained O’Connor. Highly tried since moving Stateside, he has some decent form in the book thanks to a second place finish in the 2023 Ghostzapper Stakes. Whilst he wasn’t a factor in the 2023 Pegasus World Cup, this grade looks to be his level and he looks capable of another big run.

Finishing one place behind O’Connor in the Ghostzapper was Surly Furious. A winner last time out in the 2023 Karl Boyes Stakes, he will be hoping to reverse the form with O’Connor and looks well placed to do so.

Another horse who looks to have a live chance is Best Actor. Heading into the race with two wins from his five career starts, he has also posted strong results in the 2022 Indiana Derby and 2022 Oklahoma Derby. He has just had one start this year which saw him finish second in Allowance company but he should be primed and ready here.

War Campaign is likely to figure near the top of the betting. Another with placed form at this level, he heads into the race fresh off the back of a second place finish in the 2023 Hanshin Stakes. That form stacks up well here and he could be a nice alternative for those looking to take on the favorite.

Buck Moon heads into the race after winning the 2023 Bosselman Stakes. A winner by three lengths that day, this represents a step up in class but he doesn’t look out of place and could be a solid value option.

Any Steve Asmussen runner has to be respected and King Ottoman could be a player at a bigger price. Despite being winless in his last three races, he did finish third in the 2023 Indiana Derby and managed to poke his head in front in the 2022 Texas Derby. His chances can’t be discounted.

Likely start at a similar price is Everett’s Song. Whilst he is unproven at this level he was a good winner of an Allowance race a few starts ago and could be capable of pulling off the upset.

Rounding out the field are Masqueparade, Droppin G’s, Duke of Love, Soul of Angel and Keystone Field. All are likely to start as large double figure prices and will need to produce something special to come out on top.

West Virginia Governor’s Odds

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Betting Odds by Jazzsports
MasqueparadeLuan MachadoAlbert Stall Jr+1200
O’ConnorTyler ConnorSaffie Joseph+300
Droppin G’sAlbin JimenezJerry Antonuik+1200
Surly FuriousAntonio GallardoGlenn Wismer+600
Duke of LoveLuis ContrerasJosie Carroll+1200
Buck MoonGerardo CorralesLarry Rivelli+800
Soul of an AngelAjhari WilliamsGerald James+3000
War CampaignCorey LaneriePhilip Sims+500
Keystone FieldRuben SilveraMichael Maker+1200
King OttomanCristian TorresSteve Asmussen+1000
Everett’s SongWilliam HumphreyHugh McMahon+1000
Best ActorKendrick CarmoucheBrad Cox+600

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