Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Kentucky Derby 2018 Odds

Kentucky Derby 2018 Odds

Bolt d'Oro also won last year's FrontRunner Stakes as a 2-year-old; two out of the last three winners from that race, American Pharoah and Nyquist, went on to win the Kentucky Derby.

Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, is the morning-line favorite for the Kentucky Derby.

"We didn't want the 1-hole, that's for sure", the four-time Derby victor said.

Exercise rider Nick Bush-also the regular a.m. partner of last year's Derby victor Always Dreaming (Bodemeister)-was all smiles exiting the track aboard the unbeaten 'TDN Rising Star' Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon). UAE Derby victor Mendelssohn is the 5-1 second choice after drawing the No. 14 post. Most recently, he easily accounted for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. He surpassed Lukas this year as the trainer with the most starters in Derby history with 52.

By the time the Hall of Fame trainer managed to get into Churchill Downs, the process was halfway done and Justify had landed in the No. 7 post on Tuesday. The concern with this horse is that he has not raced against the best competition.

In a field this deep and competitive, it could be tricky for any major longshots to finish on the board, so I'm going to keep things simple and key Justify in an exacta with Bolt d'Oro, Good Magic, and the Grade 1 Florida Derby victor #5 Audible. "I forgot which colors we were using".

"I had no doubt who the favorite was going to be", Battaglia said. I wanted to be in the middle or outside. "We didn't want to be in the one-hole and we didn't want to be 20", Baffert said.

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"The break is so important". Somebody asked me one time 'How do you know if you don't like it?' If you see me grab my stomach that means I didn't like it.

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Justify made his debut on February 18 and has swept three races, most recently the Santa Anita Derby by 3 lengths last month. "I think when the right horse comes along, it will happen", said Magnum Moon's trainer, Todd Pletcher, said per The New York Times.

"So we'll go with that angle", Pletcher said.

Though he had seven Eclipse Awards to his name as the nation's top trainer, Pletcher was widely viewed as a Derby Day disappointment heading into last year's race. While these recipes are ideal for your Derby Day party, they also add a taste of the South to your dinner table or party spread any time of the year. Mendelssohn is bedded down in the quarantine barn on the backstretch, according to, and is expected to take the track Thursday.

The six horses to perhaps focus on are Justify (+425), Mendelssohn (+525), Bolt D'Oro (+625), Audible (+725), Magnum Moon (+805) and Good Magic (+850). Bob Baffert is as good as it gets when it comes to getting a horse ready for the Kentucky Derby. Promises Fulfilled, who has been in front at the first call of each of his five races, drew post 3 and, barring a bad break, will nearly certainly be sent to the front.

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