Shoemaker Mile odds, predictions 2019: Horse racing handicapper reveals top picks
Horse racing insider Jody Demling has revealed his picks for the 2019 Shoemaker Mile
East meets West on Memorial Day when a competitive field of nine horses enters the starting gate for the 2019 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. Delta Prince, who is based on the East Coast, ships across the country for trainer Jimmy Jerkens to take on the best from the west in the 1-mile Grade 1 race on the turf. He has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in the 2019 Shoemaker Mile odds. Catapult (3-1) and Sharp Samurai (4-1), who are both based on the West Coast, are the second and third choices, respectively. The winner of Monday's race will receive an automatic bid to the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Mile. Post time is 8:03 p.m. ET. With such a competitive field racing for the automatic bid in the Breeders' Cup, you'll want to hear what SportsLine's Jody Demling has to say before making any 2019 Shoemaker Mile picks of your own.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling is on a hot handicapping run. In January he nailed the superfecta at the prestigious Pegasus World Cup -- a $678 payout on a $1 bet. The following month he hit the superfecta at the Robert B. Lewis Stakes and correctly picked War of Will to win the Risen Star Stakes.
On April 6, Demling scored the exacta and trifecta in the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes and Wood Memorial on the same day. One week later he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Arkansas Derby. The following week, he nailed the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes, winning $408.38 on a $38.40 investment.
And just last week he scored the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, turning a $50.40 investment into $208.57. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, Demling has analyzed the entire 2019 Shoemaker Mile field and released where he says every horse will finish, along with his exacta, trifecta and superfecta picks. He's sharing all of it only at SportsLine.
We can tell you that Demling is fading River Boyne, who is the co-fourth choice at 6-1. Demling has the Jeff Mullins trainee finishing fifth. Last year, River Boyne dominated the West Coast turf races for three-year-olds. He was victorious in six of nine starts in 2018 and capped off his season by winning the Grade 2 Mathis Brothers Mile in December.
However, he has struggled in 2019. He is 0-for-3 this year and most recently finished second in the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. The field he faces on Monday will be the toughest he has seen this year.
Instead, Demling is high on Catapult, the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The six-year-old son of Kitten's Joy has six wins in 18 career starts. But arguably his best performance came in a race that he didn't win: November's Breeders' Cup Mile, in which he finished second by a half-length.
He is winless in two starts since the Breeders' Cup. But in his last race, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile, he put in a winning effort. He was bottled up behind traffic for much of the race before finally getting room to chase down Ohio, who was able to stalk a comfortable pace. Catapult appeared to win a head-bobbing finish, but the photo instead went to Ohio by a nose. With more pace entered in the Shoemaker, the race should set up better to Catapult's liking.
Demling is also especially high on a horse coming into this race off a loss. He is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected 2019 Shoemaker Mile leaderboard, only at SportsLine.
So which horse wins Monday's Shoemaker Mile, and which horse coming into the race off a loss has a solid chance? See the complete 2019 Shoemaker Mile odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's detailed Shoemaker Mile picks, all from the horse racing expert who's on an incredible handicapping run.
Delta Prince (5-2)
Sharp Samurai (4-1)
River Boyne (6-1)
Bowies Hero (8-1)
Desert Stone (12-1)
Le Ken (20-1)
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