By Betting Buzz
Two blazing minutes. Beasts meet track. The sport of kings at its finest.
The “two most exciting minutes in sports” are set for May 5 when the 144th Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs in Louisville. The 1 1/4 mile race begins the famous Triple Crown, and this year’s field will once again attempt (and likely fail) to break Secretariat’s daunting Derby record of 1:59.40.
The Derby typically attracts 150,000 fans at the track and approximately $200 million in wagering. So let’s talk action. Here’s a quick look at the bet365 odds as of April 22:
Favorites: Justify-4/1, Mendelssohn-9/2, Audible-5/1, Magnum Moon-8/1, Bolt D’oro-9/1, Good Magic-11/1
Middle of the Pack: Vino Rosso-16/1, Solomini 20/1, My Boy Jack-20/1, Noble Indy-20/1, Hofburg-20/1, Enticed-25/1, Free Drop Billy-33/1, Promises Fulfilled-33/1, Flameaway-33/1, Gronkowski-33/1
Long shots: Firenze Fire-40/1, Lone Sailor-40/1, Reride-40/1, Quip-40/1, Bravazo-50/1, Snapper Sinclair-50/1, Restoring Hope-50/1, Combatant-66/1 and Dream Baby Dream-66/1
Unbeaten Kentucky Derby favorite Justify came in an eighth-place tie with 100 points in the prep races on the road to the Derby and rocketed to number one after winning the Santa Anita Derby. Justify is trained by Bob Baffert with Mike Smith being the expected jockey.
Ended in an eighth-place tie with 100 points in the road to the Derby prep races. The colt is trained by Aidan O’Brien with the expected jockey being Ryan Moore. The 18-and-a-half-length UAE Derby winner is hoping to become the first European-based horse to take the Kentucky Derby.
Placed third in prep race points with 110 after winning the Holy Bull Stakes and Florida Derby. The horse is aiming to become just the second New York-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby following Funny Cide’s victory in 2003. Audible is trained by Todd Pletcher with Javier Castellano being the expected jockey.
Magnum Moon 8/1
Unbeaten Magnum Moon led the point parade in the prep races with 150 as the horse won the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Like Audible, Magnum Moon is also trained by Pletcher, and Luis Saez should be the jockey on Derby Day.
Bolt D’Oro 9/1
Placed sixth in the prep races with 104 points. The horse came second at the Santa Anita Derby and was awarded a win via disqualification at the San Felipe Stakes. Bolt D’oro is trained by Mick Ruis with Victor Espinoza being the expected jockey.
Tied for 12th in prep-race points with 54. He won the Risen Star Stakes, but finished a disappointing eighth in the Louisiana Derby on March 24th. Bravazo is trained by Wayne Lucas and the jockey for the Kentucky Derby has yet to be determined.
With 90 points in the prep races, Quip finished in 10th place. The horse won the Tampa Bay Derby and finished second at the Arkansas Derby. Quip is trained by Rodolphe Brisset with Florent Geroux being the expected jockey.
Lone Sailor 40/1
Racked up 42 points in the prep races to place 17th. The three-year-old colt looked to be in great shape at the Louisiana Derby, but finished in second to Noble Indy by a neck. Lone Sailor is trained by Tom Amoss with James Graham being the expected jockey.
Firenze Fire 40/1
Accumulated just 39 points in the prep races to finish in 19th place. The horse won the 2017 Champagne Stakes as an 11/1 outsider and also took the Jerome this January as the favorite. The Florida-born colt is trained by Jason Servis with Paco Lopez being the expected jockey on Derby Day.
Note: Odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change.