Havasu horse bettors ready for Kentucky Derby

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However, Good Magic could be flying under the radar somewhat as a sleeper pick to contend this week.

NOLA.com's Jeff Duncan is buying Audible as his Kentucky Derby favorite and the lead horse in his projected trifecta. For one thing, enough Hall of Fame trainers lurk around that there's even this 82-year-old marvel atop a horse, and if you've never seen an 82-year-old marvel atop a horse, you really should see an 82-year-old marvel atop a horse.

With $2 million on the line for a Derby-winning horse, there's even more to be made for the guys who know their stuff. Eliminating those two, the field is practically wide open. I explained it was only my opinion and didn't urge anyone to wager on the race or that horse. This year it may be more hard to pin down the victor.

This year, two horses have the distinction - the 3-1 morning-line favorite Justify, trained by Bob Baffert, and 6-1 third choice Magnum Moon, trained by Todd Pletcher.

As the annual Kentucky Derby race quickly approaches, many fans are wondering how they can watch the big race.

"They looked so much alike, Mendelssohn and Beholder", said Fred Mitchell, who bred both at his Clarkland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Last year, the first Derby Day at the Quality Inn after years at Gallagher's Dining & Pub, filled the lounge and the neighboring restaurant and had prospective bettors lined out the door.

Yet, if handicappers believe the Curse of Apollo and the Curse of Storm Cat will endure Saturday, most will likely settle on either Good Magic, the champion 2-year-old champion of 2017 who won the Blue Grass last time out, or Bolt d'Oro, a multiple Grade 1 victor who finished second behind Justify in the Santa Anita Derby. While he is still definitely a long shot behind the favorites and some of the other names on this list, My Boy Jack has the potential to surprise as an excellent sleeper option to win the Kentucky Derby this week. Sassy Sienna and Monomoy Girl will be bookend competitors with different prospects in Friday's $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Houghton's dad is part of a syndicate Starlight Racing that owns interest in Justify and Audible. I thought the odds were in my favor by doing it that way. Hopefully it'll work out.' So that's why I got Justify. "We set up a plan, hoped the horse would cooperate, and he has". "Todd's going to have his (horse) ready, and Baffert is going to have his".

Then there's Florida Derby winner Audible, undefeated Arkansas Derby winner Magnum Moon, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rosso, and Louisiana Derby winner Noble Indy, all of whom are in top form and threats to capture the Run for the Roses. His capacity to get horses to this point is a feat of towering steadiness. "I was relieved when I saw him in seven". He called Pletcher "very organized, very methodical, non-emotional on a lot of fronts". Eight of the 20 horses Saturday have raced fewer than five times. Critics will point out that no UAE Derby victor has ever hit the board in the Run for the Roses, but the combination of a champion horse, a brilliant trainer, a top jockey and maintaining excellent form makes him a prominent runner.

The first Kentucky Derby was held on May 17, 1875, when a crowd of 10,000 saw three-year-old chestnut colt Aristides, ridden by African-American jockey Oliver Lewis, triumph at Churchill Downs. "I'm more optimistic about our 2-year-olds who'll be turning 3 next year", Lukas said, forever imagining the future.

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