Bet the Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby Odds
Classic Empire +525
Always Dreaming +550
Irish War Cry +575
Practical Joke +1760
Thunder Snow +1780
Battle of Midway +2300
Looking at Lee +2500
J Boys Echo +3000
Royal Mo +3700
State of Honor +4500
Master Plan +5000
Local Hero +6500
Fast And Accurate +8000
There is a good chance that Classic Empire will go off as the morning line favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The horse was the best 2-year old last year, as he won the Breeder's Futurity and Breeder's Cup Juvenile. He ran third in the Holy Bull Stakes because of a foot abscess. Classic Empire came back to win the Arkansas Derby. He is trained by Mark Casse, ridden by Julien Leparoux and his sire is Pioneerof the Nile who sired 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Always Dreaming should be the second or third choice in the betting. The horse has won all three starts this year including a win over State of Honor in the Florida Derby. The horse is trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez.
Irish War Cry was looking like the favorite for the Derby but then he finished poorly in the Fountain of Youth. He did bounce back to win the Wood. He is trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Rajiv Maragh.
McCraken has been getting a lot of attention in the betting odds of late, which is somewhat surprising considering he finished third in the Blue Grass. He doesn’t have a marquee trainer, as Ian Wilkes is not a big name and Brian Hernandez is not a marquee jockey.
Gunnevera has been beaten by a number of Kentucky Derby contenders including Irish War Cry and Always Dreaming. He is trained by Antonio Sano and ridden by Javier Castellano.
This year’s Kentucky Derby really looks like a race where a longshot could win. There are a number of horses that fit including Girvin who leads the Kentucky Derby point standings. Girvin will be ridden by Mike Smith who will take over in place of Brian Hernandez. Another horse that could hit at double-digit odds is Gormley who is third in the Kentucky Derby point standings. He is trained by John Shirreffs and he is ridden by Victor Espinoza. Don’t forget about Irap who is trained by Doug O’Neill who had Nyquist last year.
Kentucky Derby Picks
There is no question that Classic Empire or Always Dreaming could end up winning the Derby as the favorite but I am going with longshots this year. I will take Hence at 20-1, as he is underrated, Irap at 33-1, as he has strong connections, and Patch at 54-1, as he should be a strong closer.
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