The 144th running of the race will take place at Churchill Downs Racecourse, Louisville, Kentucky on the Saturday 5 May at 3:30PM BST.
However, when the world turns on millions of television sets to watch the Kentucky Derby, I feel like a bet is in order. After all, Justify isn't just your run-of-the-mill Kentucky Derby favorite. Though anything can change until the starter pistol goes off at the 2018 Kentucky Derby on May 7, currently, there's only one horse with better odds than Mendelssohn. "It just happens. You can't force it", Baffert said. At +1000 odds, Bolt d'Oro offers sneaky good value as a sleeper option to win the Run for the Roses this week. Like Justify, Magnum Moon did not race at two either.
17 hours ago - Kentucky Derby favourite Justify will start the Run for the Roses from the seventh stall, while Mendelssohn and Magnum Moon will be further outside, drawing stall Nos. The son of Curlin had poor start to 2018 then won Blue Grass Stakes April 7, regaining risky form. Storm Cat was won of the most prolific sires in thoroughbred history, once standing for a stud fee of $500,000.
He's trained four Kentucky Derby winners.
Scat Daddy was a son of Johannesburg, a son of Hennessey, who was a son of Storm Cat.
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The Scat Daddy colt already has a victory in America to his name, albeit on turf at last year's Breeders' Cup meeting, but he proved his effectiveness on dirt when an 18-length victor of the UAE Derby. He's already been successful at Grade 1 level in the states after his victory in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.
No. 11 Bolt d'Oro (8-1): Battle tested for owners' first Derby bid.We saw California Chrome's owner, Art Sherman, pull this feat off in 2014.
Horse racing is still called the sport of kings, but it has been decades since it stood on top of the American sporting pedestal along with boxing and baseball.
That favorite, unraced at 2, was ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Baffert.
"Will that be good enough? When the gates open, it's out of my hands". Well that's a wonderful he'll be due hoping you never ever now we're pulling for that as well.
Then again, maybe there's no such thing as a curse, and the 2018 Kentucky Derby will be decided on merit alone.