The care and feeding of a prospective Kentucky Derby horse is one of the most scrutinized and unpredictable parts of America’s obsession with that race. Six months to go, but it could seem like six years. This Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course will be one of those benchmark races for a horse that is already the second betting favorite — behind Breeders’ Cup juvenile winner Classic Empire — in the Derby future’s pool. And he’s only run two races. The question mark, which most likely is really not that big of a question, is how Mastery will do going two turns for the first time. Most horses start with shorter races (generally less than 7 furlongs) before they turn to the more tactical two-turn
The final Heisman Trophy odds from Bovada still have Lamar Jackson as the overwhelming favorite to bring home the award Saturday night. Jackson is currently sitting at 1/25, well ahead of second choice Deshaun Watson, who is 7/1. Here are the final odds in front of Saturday's ceremony: Odds to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy Lamar Jackson (QB Louisville) 1/25 Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson) 7/1 Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma) 50/1 Jabrill Peppers (S Michigan) 50/1 Dede Westbrook (WR Oklahoma) 66/1
Out of Patience held off 13-1 shot Shackleford Banks by a nose to win the $21,380 feature on opening day of the winter meet at Los Alamitos on Thursday. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Out of Patience ran a mile in 1:37.18 and paid $9, $4.80 and $3.60 as the 7-2 second choice. Shackleford Banks returned $9.20 and $6.60 after rallying from last in the field of nine.