The Triple Crown of Thoroughbreds first race is officially underway. Kentucky Derby week is upon us and there is some top notch competition in the line up. Friday, May 5th will start us off with the Kentucky Oakes in which 3 year old fillies race 1 1/8 miles at Churchill Downs in a $1 Million Grade 1 stakes race. After the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Oakes is the 4th attended horse race.
On Saturday, May 5th, the Kentucky Derby post time is scheduled for 6:34 pm ET with a race start at 6:46 pm. Remember this is "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" so show up early. The $2 million dollar purse is up for grabs by virtually any race in the starting gate. The best of the best breaders, horses and jockeys are ready to go. So who is the betting odds Derby favorite? The horses in Triple Crown racing are all winners. It comes down to which horse and jockey are the best on racing day. From Todd Pletcher who has trained several winning Thoroughbreds including 2017 Derby winner Always Dreaming to Bob Baffert, four time Derby winner. Then there is American Pharoah's owner, Ahmed Zayat who is back with Solomini (22/1). Magnum Moon (8/1), Vino Rosso (16/1), Audible (6/1) and Noble Indy (20/1) are Pletcher's entries into the Derby. Bob Baffert is behind the vegas odds favorite Justify (4/1) who is only 3 for 3 in racing and made his debut on February 18th of this year. Mendelssohn (4/1) is another top contender who won his debut on a dirt track in the UAE Derby by 18 3/4 lengths. If Mendelssohn is victorious he would be the first UAE Derby winner to win the Kentucky Derby. By the end of the weekend, the 2018 Kentucky Derby winner will have been crowned and we will set our sights to the Preakness Stakes which will be held May. Gronkowski, who was originally in the top 20 but has pulled out of the race due to illness.
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