Juddmonte Farms' last Derby starter was Empire Maker, who was second as the favorite in 2003, and trainer Bill Mott has not saddled a horse in the race since 2009. There are two very good horses just to Justify's inside: 2-year-old champion Good Magic (post 6) and Florida Derby victor Audible (post 5). Europe-based Mendelssohn is the second choice in a full field of 20 horses.
"That's a good spot".
Could be. But Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said he could only make a case for one as the Derby favorite - Justify, who drew No. 7 slot in the main starting gate Tuesday. What's more, at this stage in the process only a small fraction of the money that will be bet on the race has come into Churchill Downs; millions more will come in as post time approaches, and who knows what the odds will look like by then? Most recently, he easily accounted for the Grade I Santa Anita Derby.
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Another major challenger is likely to be Audible, having won the Grade 2 Holy Bull and the Grade 1 Florida Derby; the victor of the latter race for the previous two years has gone on to land the Run for the Roses, too.
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"We weren't overly concerned about the post position", he said. And the draw is very important in a Kentucky Derby. Magnum Moon didn't race as a 2-year-old, but is 6-1 in the morning line - third-best on the chart.
And Low thinks that Magnum Moon can handle the curse and the crowds and the big time atmosphere of the Derby because of his demeanor as the horse's royal bloodline runs back to such greats as Seattle Slew and Secretariat.
Go And Go routed his U.S. opposition in the third leg of the American Triple Crown with that year's Kentucky Derby hero Unbridled only fourth. "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". Baffert has sent out 27 Derby horses, and is tied with D. Wayne Lukas with four victories.
"I've often said that you can work out good good trips from bad post postions and vise-versa", he said.
It worked. Last year's inaugural event attracted more than 150 people and raised $12,500, quadruple what the 5K usually raised. "Todd's going to have his (horse) ready, and Baffert is going to have his". "Three of the four in the auxiliary gate wouldn't have been what I ideally wanted".
The co-fourth choices are Audible and Bolt d'Oro at 8-1. Just three of the last 49 Derby winners - Fusaichi Pegasus (2000), Monarchos (2001) and Always Dreaming (2017) - did not win a race during their 2-year-old campaign. While these recipes are flawless 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.