Zandon is the current favorite at 3-1, with Epicenter at 7-2 and Messier at 8-1.
Zandon's jockey "won" the Derby a few years ago, after the initial winner was disqualified.
Epicenter is trained by Steve Asmussen, the most successful thoroughbred trainer in America. Interestingly, despite all of his success, Asmussen has never had a horse win the Kentucky Derby. This seems to be his best chance.
This will be a full race with 20 horses. The horse that can best maneuver in tight quarters might be the winner. I'm keeping an eye on Cyberknife (20-1 odds), as he won the Arkansas Derby doing just that.
to win The Triple Crown. Even though it has been done now several times in my lifetime, it takes a MUCH better than average horse to even have a shot at it by winning the first two races, The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness, most years.
Many a pretender has had their dreams shattered in that third and longest race, The Belmont Stakes. And one named Secretariat achieved true immortality in it in 1973.
Dan Fogelberg wrote a really great song about horse racing, and the Derby in particular:
The Derby for all of the glamor that it represents had become a bit of a turnoff for me as the number of entries has exploded. Racing is tricky enough as it is, but with such a vast field many a good horse has gotten boxed in. Preakness and Belmont usually have somewhat more reasonable numbers and are more watchable for me.
No, just that the extremely large field. Having grown up on the track as a kid I have a lot more appreciation for a 8-12 horse field. 20? Just too many. Yeah, less Cinderella stories but just my opinion better racing.
"Oh the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home I sit out on my veranda each day. I eat my fried chicken and drink my mint juleps While all my little ponies run and play. Now I don't have white haired Bob Baffert to train my ponies well So I guess we will miss the Derby but I'd rather watch golf from the Well(s).Fargo that is!
I recently moved to Lexington, KY and it’s wild how big of a thing it is here… the grocery stores , around town, the news, has more coverage and decorations and build up than Christmas… not even exaggerating.