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Kentucky Derby Field 2018: Entries List, Betting Lines and Picks

04 May, 2018, 14:26 | Author: Sara Gill
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A crowd of over 150,000 is expected to be drawn to the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs racecourse for the eagerly-anticipated first leg of America's Triple Crown, the feature race on Saturday's card and the climax to the weekend's action and Kentucky Derby week.

And what a race that has turned out to be.

Trained by four-time Kentucky Derby victor, Bob Baffert, Justify will face a serious challenge from Mendelssohn, who makes his North American debut as a +400 bet on the Kentucky Derby odds.

Since 1937, 61 horses unraced at age 2 have entered the Kentucky Derby.

Unlike many European horses, Mendelssohn will not lag behind the field and then have to overcome traffic to get to the finish line first. The racing world has been wondering out loud if Justify will be the horse to finally break the Curse of Apollo and win the Kentucky Derby without the benefit of racing experience as a 2-year-old.

Excited as Lukas is to be back with Bravazo, he is even more encouraged about the 2-year-old prospects he has coming up.

"This is as good as he's ever worked", Brown said. He did come to the USA for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and win gamely.

"We were expecting a whole lot from him", said Fred Mitchell, who bred Mendelssohn at his Clarkland Farm near Lexington. "We don't take anything for granted". "I definitely think there's something to it". The race will be streamed live outside on the big screen. "He looked like a classy horse (as a yearling)".

As sports curses go, Apollo doesn't rank with "The Curse of the Bambino" which plagued the Boston Red Sox for 86 years or "The Curse of the Goat" that doomed the Chicago Cubs for 71 years or even whatever curse has made the NFL's Arizona Cardinals franchise mostly stink for decades.

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Otherwise, Baffert said, "Everything's going quiet and smooth". The best trainer in America has four entries - Audible, Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso, and Noble Indy - all legitimate contenders.

Pletcher's four - Magnum Moon at 6-1, Audible at 8-1, Vino Rosso at 12-1 and Louisiana Derby victor Noble Indy at 30-1 - are as thick with oddsmakers' promise as any group he has had along his way to 52 Derby entries (provided all four run Saturday). His trainer, Mick Ruis, still believes in him.

Two local Kentucky Derby parties are open to all: the Junior League of Colorado Springs at The Gold Room and the Axe and the Oak Whiskey House at Ivywild School. "That's how confident we are". Justify running out of Post 7 is a good draw for the favorite, and certainly wouldn't do anything to hurt his odds moving forward.

We have quite a lot of confidence in Mott, and since he is sending Hofburg to the post, we are believers. He might hit the board on talent alone but he'll be a better bet in the Travers at Saratoga in August.

About a half dozen people sat in the lounge of the Sunset Grill on Thursday afternoon, watching coverage of horse races from Churchill Downs and betting on a handful of races taking place throughout the country. He is really talented, and I trust that Mott will have him ready to fire on Saturday. "It just happens. You can't force it", Baffert said. Good Magic; 3. Vino Rosso.



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