Kentucky Derby 2018 Odds, Contenders and Post Draw

Baffert back for more with latest star, Justice

What I will be looking for in that 440-yard run to the wire the first time is to see where Justify is in relation to those other horses and how comfortable he looks.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Audible trains on the track during morning workouts in preparation for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Despite Cox's optimistic outlook for those horses, most of the attention in the Oaks will likely focus on Monomoy Girl and Midnight Bisou, the race's only entrants with single-digit odds.

Of course, many are wondering whether the likes of Magnum Moon or one of the other favorites would finally shatter the 136-year-old Apollo Curse that has not seen a victor without having raced as a two-year-old.

Ivan's usual Saturday morning, I Won Big Workshop at 10:30 a.m. on the Clubhouse plaza, will concentrate strictly on the Derby (for superfecta play) and the four races before that in order to play the Pick-5 and Pick-4.

The field for the annual Running for the Roses is wide open, experts say.

There are six entries in the 20-horse field with experience running on either sloppy or muddy tracks. I'll provide you with some info on the favorites and a few sleeper picks.

According to Bleacher Report, Justify made his debut as a 3-year-old and the odds are in his favor, so perhaps it will be his day. The horse did not race at all as a two-year-old but is 3-0 in his career.

Testing his endurance over a distance of almost 1.2 miles and for the first time on dirt, jockey Ryan Moore guided Mendelssohn to a huge victory at last month's $2 million UAE Derby at the Dubai World Cup, winning by 18 lengths. Since Apollo crossed the line first in 1882, no horse has won the Kentucky Derby after not starting as a 2-year-old.

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The horse in the number one slot is Firenze Fire. His first Derby win was in 1997 with Silver Charm, his last in 2015 with American Pharoah.

If this Kentucky Derby field was as weak as the fields Big Brown (2008) and California Chrome (2014) faced, I would pronounce Justify a cinch.

Another horse to keep an eye on is Audible, trained by Fletcher. Audible gets that post on Saturday.

"He's a high-quality horse who has got better with every start", Mendelssohn's jockey Moore told the Irish Times after their Dubai win. Javier Castellano is the jockey.

And if there's not enough room for all the so-called "super horses", what chance do the Derby longshots have to crash the party? Historically horses who travel over the Atlantic perform poorly and fade down the stretch.

Very experienced horse with 10 races under his belt. He is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by veteran brother Kent Desormeaux.

Baffert, a four-time Derby victor, would know. Espinoza will be seeking his fourth Derby victory. Lone Sailor and Hofburg only have maiden wins to their credit, yet each finished 2nd in their last outing, earning the necessary points to run in the Derby.

For over 60 years, two weeks of parties, events and parades have occurred before the start of the Kentucky Derby.

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