Kentucky Derby Odds: Favorites, Contenders, Betting Lines

Kentucky Derby Odds: Favorites, Contenders, Betting Lines

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Reasons to be wary: While his win at the UAE Derby is one of the most compelling reasons to put your money on Mendelssohn, history tells a different story - winners of the UAE Derby have never finished higher than sixth in the Kentucky Derby.

Mendelssohn comes to Kentucky with three consecutive wins, including the 2017 Breeders Cup juvenile turf and 2018 UAE Derby.

Justify is the name on many lips heading into this year's Kentucky Derby, having been bred in Kentucky and trained by four-time victor of this race, Bob Baffert.

Bob Baffert's undefeated colt Justify is the morning line favorite at 3-1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby.

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Flameaway: The Mark Casse trained colt has won two races on wet tracks.

This year, Pletchers' runners are all capable of wearing the roses, beginning with Florida Derby winner Audible, Arkansas Derby winner Magnum Moon, Wood Memorial winner Vino Rossi and Louisiana Derby winner Noble Indy.

But the horse trained by Irishman Aidan O'Brien faces a bit of a disadvantage entering Saturday since he is starting on the outside and has to work his way in during the opening part of the race.

Justify drew the No. 7 post for the race. Always Dreaming won last year's Kentucky Derby, but he failed to capture the Triple Crown title after losing at the Preakness.

"A curse is a curse until it's broken", said Joe Kristufek, Churchill Downs' lead racing analyst and unabashed Cubs fan. His regal bloodlines and $3 million price tag suggest he would be a worthy champion, but no Europe-based horse has won the Derby.

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Some looked to make things even more exciting, not only wearing pink and sipping Lillies, but stepping up to the betting window. In that race My Boy Jack rallied from last of nine to get up by a head.

Mendelssohn, a half-brother to three-time Breeders' Cup victor and Eclipse champion Beholder, is the first runner from Europe to start the event as the favorite since Arazi, who finished eighth in 1992.

"Back in the old days, horses running seven times didn't seem to be enough", said jockey Mike Smith, who will guide Justify on Saturday.

So which horses do you take?

My Derby Dollars contest play in the Kentucky Derby will be Hofburg, who has a good shot to win and who opens at 20/1 odds.

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