Kentucky Derby 2018 Facts: Official Flower, First Race, Length

04 May, 2018, 13:52 | Author: Ellis Copeland
  • Kentucky Derby Contenders 2018: Picks for Best Horses

And so have the oddsmakers as Magnum Moon, despite being in that 16th spot, is a 6-to-1 favorite.

"Ideally, we wouldn't have three horses in the auxiliary gate but that's the way it unfolded and we'll do the best we can with it", he said.

O'Brien wasn't at the draw and Mendelssohn won't hit the Churchill Downs dirt strip until Wednesday after clearing quarantine. But just as important is finding a horse that seems poised to work out an ideal trip free of traffic and trouble. "But in the end it's out of my control so it's all good".

"We came across Audible the horse stories in our news feed because we track all things Audible", Harrobin said, per USA Today.

Trainer Bob Baffert had no chance to fret about the Kentucky Derby draw. It's been 135 years since a horse won the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old (Apollo in 1882). "The trend is a lot different now than it was however many years ago you wanna go back".

"It'll be broken whether it's this year or whatever", Baffert said of the curse. "I want to be where Wayne is". The victor will receive $1.432 million of the overall $2,912,000 purse. No winners have started from the 17 hole.

Next up on the Churchill Downs morning line at 5-1 is Mendelssohn, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien.

There was a rumor, even before Justify won the Santa Anita Derby, that Bob Baffert had predicted that his colt was going to win the Triple Crown. Firenze Fire drew the dreaded No. 1 post and also will be standing the longest.

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Actually, Justify hasn't posted less than triple-digit Beyer and BRIS speed figures in any of his races, so we know he has the talent to be a factor in the Kentucky Derby. The last time someone with that kind of broad appeal had a central role in the Derby was 1992 when MC Hammer-owned Dance Floor had the lead at the top of the stretch before finishing a solid third to Lil E Tee.

"I'm glad I wasn't here, if I had been sitting here I probably would've drawn the 1", Baffert said, kind of joking. "I get it because there is a certain foundation a horse needs to run the mile and a quarter in the spring of his 3-year-old year, but this horse gives me goosebumps like no other 3-year-old has ever done, so maybe he's the one". 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.

"In a hundred yards, your dreams can be shattered", Baffert said. "Every day is a new day here".

Heavy has ranked the top contenders, and the horses are listed in order of least to greatest chance to win the Kentucky Derby. We're all keyed up, geared up.

It was quite the scene back at the Baffert barn once it was time to get the big horse cleaned up.

"You feel like you're blessed to have a career and nobody else is at that age to say that they're here", Lukas said.

That leaves just two horses out of the field of 20 without a strike against them: Audible and Bolt d'Oro.

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