Monomoy Girl is the 2-1 favorite in the 1 1/8 mile race and will start from the outside post.
Another potential favorite is Mendelssohn, the victor of the $2-million United Arab Emirates Derby. Again, better to tune in early, than late, since the race only lasts two minutes. And jockey Ryan Moore is one of the best in the world, even though he, too, has never won the Kentucky Derby.
Not only is Mendelssohn a son of the late stallion Scat Daddy, he is also out of the mare Leslie's Lady, the dam of Beholder.
Firenze Fire won the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct in January over a muddy track by a half-length, setting his second-best career Beyer Speed Figure (86) in that race.
Four wins in a row, including a fabulous Florida Derby. Hofburg; 2. Mendelssohn; 3.
Why he can win: Audible has won four straight races coming into this one, and is racing out of post five, which has produced a remarkable five Derby winners in the past 21 years. "It doesn't start yesterday or even last week, we're talking about months and months".
"We're looking forward to having a great time this year". With such a large field Justify could have trouble maneuvering for position down the stretch. He has won jockey of the year honors three times.
Mott, the Hall of Fame trainer who works for Juddmonte Farms, owned by the Saudi Prince Abdullah, is notorious for not running horses he doesn't think are ready to put their best race on the track.
"A curse is a curse until it's broken", said Joe Kristufek, Churchill Downs' lead racing analyst and unabashed Cubs fan.
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The 2018 Kentucky Derby presents a real challenge to bettors with a top-heavy field highlighted by Justify, Mendelssohn and Magnum Moon, as well as a handful of other top choices with talent that suggests a high finish. I loved Brocco from the day he worked at the sale and we were all convinced that he was going to win the Derby.
"There's probably a number of reasons for it, and inexperience could be part of it", Pletcher said of the unraced 2-year-olds' futility. Sassy Sienna will begin on the rail at 15-1 but could set the early pace in the 14-horse field that includes 5-2 second choice Midnight Bisou, victor of three in a row.
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. They'll be trying to upend a so-called curse: No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won without racing as a juvenile. The California-based filly came in with three wins by 10 1/4 combined lengths, fueling expectations of a two-horse race. Does his inexperience/ the "Curse of Apollo" worry you at all?
"Churchill Downs race 12, $40 to win on the 11". He's a strong horse, but Justify just might be stronger. He's overcome an injury and ran well in the two preps at Santa Anita. Those efforts earned 106 and 105 figures, respectively, which appear competitive in this group if repeated. Cox, who grew up blocks from Churchill Downs, wasn't fazed.
There will be 20 horses in this year's race, with $2 million as the prize.