With his victory in Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Stakes (G3), the Godolphin homebred Maxfield earned 50 points toward qualifying for the Derby, an amount in most years assuring a healthy horse room in the starting gate.
The victory has the Brendan Walsh trainee at 10-1 on the board with only multiple Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law (4-1) and Bob Baffert's trio of unbeaten 3-year-olds -- Nadal (4-1), Charlatan (9-2) and Authentic (5-1) -- priced lower.
Next, Maxfield's connections have a decision to make: Pursue the first leg of the Triple Crown, the June 20 Belmont Stakes, with their colt second off the bench or await the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) on July 11 at Keeneland, where the son of Street Sense bases.
“I have just been thinking all along to go one race at a time with this colt,” Walsh said. “We’ll talk it over with the Godolphin team and plan for our next target whatever that may be.”
Maxfield, who's 3-for-3 and affirmed he's plenty competitive after a bone chip cut short his juvenile season, chased down Ny Traffic and Pneumatic to take the Matt Winn.
As of Tuesday, Ny Traffic holds lofty 60-1 odds with the Belmont Stakes possible. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has also sent the Cross Traffic colt out for board-hitting finishes in the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2).
Pneumatic, who entered the Matt Winn 2-for-2, was third in his stakes debut. He sits at 75-1 on the board.
William Hill's futures can be played through its app in Nevada or, once casinos and sports books reopen in Las Vegas amid the COVID-19 pandemic, at the brick and mortar facilities.
A caution to would-be bettors: Trainer Dale Romans has declared Dennis' Moment (20-1) off the trail; a co-owner of Mr. Monomoy (24-1) said in recent days his colt won't be ready for the Derby; and Ajaaweed (45-1) is getting a freshening to restart in the fall.
William Hill has added two new yes/no future bets involving the Kentucky Derby.
Bettors can wager on whether the Belmont Stakes winner will also win the Sept. 5 Derby, with 19-5 the current yes price and 4-19 the no.
The book is also taking action on whether a horse can sweep the Triple Crown, which concludes with the Oct. 3 Preakness Stakes. The yes is 23-4 and the no a much shorter 2-17.
The following are the current William Hill odds to win the Kentucky Derby for horses below 100-1.
|Tiz the Law||4-1|
|Honor A. P.||12-1|
|Green Light Go||75-1|