Since this year's race falls on Cinco de Mayo, the Solsvigs are altering their normal party with a "Derby de Mayo" theme that will add margaritas, chips and salsa and tacos to their normal dishes. I'm here to provide all bettors with betting details and odds for the big race.
According to CBS Sports, the horse with the best odds (7-2) and the most hype this year is Justify, though it is notable that Mendelssohn has the same odds. History isn't exactly in the European horses' favor, as a horse hasn't won the Kentucky Derby without having its last prep race in the United States since 1971 (Venezuela's Canonero II). I'll provide you with some info on the favorites and a few sleeper picks.
"We have a really good horse, but there are really good horses out there this year", Justify's trainer Bob Baffert said. The race card at Churchill Downs on Saturday begins at 10:30 a.m. CST and you can bet all the races at Assiniboia Downs. I would like to see Justify have daylight on the field by the top of the stretch. He also nailed the top two finishers at the Arkansas Derby, Magnum Moon and Quip.
However, odds don't guarantee who the victor will be as last year's champion Always Dreaming was a 6-1 underdog to win the event and still managed to snatch the gold. Besides that 4th place finish, she had one other clunker where she finished 7th but this horse has the potential to be in the money. Since Apollo crossed the line first in 1882, no horse has won the Kentucky Derby after not starting as a 2-year-old.More news: Peterson leads crowded leaderboard at the Wells Fargo Championship after first round
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Another horse to keep an eye on is Audible, trained by Fletcher.
Sired by the late Florida Derby victor Scat Daddy and out of the 2016 Kentucky broodmare of the year, Leslie's Lady, Mendelssohn was born at Clarkland Farm in Kentucky in 2015. So be sure to get your free Derby glass at the track or at an OTB (while quantities last) and enter the draw for Derby merchandise including four Triple Crown glasses and Kentucky Derby cap, T-shirt and tote bag. Javier Castellano is the jockey. Actually, they change nothing with a horse like Justify or the last four Derby winners. "People develop a taste for mint juleps because it's not something you normally have". All three co-favorites will look to run a similar race and be at or near the front of the Kentucky Derby pack. He is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by veteran brother Kent Desormeaux.
It is more suited to the all out styles of Wayne Lukas and Baffert who have won the Derby a combined eight times in the last 30 years.
Hofburg sits a 20-1 and could make some real noise in the Derby.
Bill Mott is a legendary trainer, and Hofburg finished 2nd to Audible in the Florida Derby. He only has three career starts but has the speed and stamina to be in great position down the homestretch. Check out the latest Kentucky Derby odds from Churchill Downs below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the Kentucky Derby.