3 horses that could upset 2018 Kentucky Derby

May 04, 2018, 09:56
3 horses that could upset 2018 Kentucky Derby

Like all Kentucky Derbys, with 20 horses in the field, it is a good wagering opportunity for whomever draws your favor.

Apollo is the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby after launching his racing career as a 3-year-old way back in 1882.

Thursday is the calm before "they're off!" and some of horse racing's biggest fans have a front row seat to the day before the day before.

A few time-tested curses threaten to foil the victory chances of several highly regarded entrants in Saturday's Kentucky Derby field - most notably Justify, the Bob Baffert-trained 3-1 morning-line favorite.

Now, I'll land the mic to the #RJhorseracing handicappers, who this week are handicapping both the Kentucky Oaks, the equivalent of the Derby for 3-year-old fillies, on Friday and the Derby on Saturday.

The top contenders in this Derby have held their form all spring and have recorded fast speed figures. He's raced just three times so far but does have two-year-old seasoning, albeit he was fourth after a slow start and wide trip at Saratoga.

But, ultimately, the best way to enjoy the race is to bet right.

The 144th Kentucky Derby starts this year's Triple Crown racing season, and the only time it can truly be topped is when the victor of the Run for the Roses also takes the Preakness, and attention shifts to the Belmont Stakes for a potential Triple Crown victor. Start with the so-called Apollo Curse. They're sending me horses.

Even if the horses do not win, it will be a special moment for Houghton Hyatt who was born and raised in Louisville. Three horses who won the Florida Derby in their last prep wore the roses in the past seven years, including the last two, Always Dreaming and Nyquist.

The Kentucky Derby has been covered by some of America's most famous writers. "The horses are doing well".

"But as I told people about it, they were like, 'Oh yeah, I use them all the time, '" Walden said of Audible, which is owned by Amazon and is the world's largest seller and producer of downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment. All have failed. Only eight have finished in the money, including Battle of Midway previous year, and the last favorite to not win the race - Bodemeister in 2012. But those horses, as in any Derby, are in just the spring of their three-year-old seasons, teenagers in human parlance.

Mendelssohn captured the UAE Derby in his dirt debut and will try to give O'Brien and British jockey Ryan Moore their first victory in one of the few worldwide races that the duo has not paired to win.

Then there's this: Saturday will be Justify's first race not at his home track of Santa Anita.

The first two British Classics of the season, the 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas, take place at Newmarket this weekend.

For Americans the race is "the most exciting two minutes in sport" and an excuse to mainline mint julep. With just three starts under his belt, some were surprised that Bill Mott chose to enter this horse in the race.

Baffert will saddle Justify and 30-1 shot Solomini in Saturday's Derby. His second start, March 11, he romped in an allowance optional claiming race by 61/2 lengths.

"The first time I worked him at Santa Anita, I knew he was a really good horse", he said.

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