America's Greatest Race, the Kentucky Derby, is a Grad 1 stakes race for three year old thoroughbred horses on a one and one-quarter mile long dirt track located at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This year is the 144th running of the Derby. The 20 horses that race at the Derby have raced across the country and the world earning points in the 35 races if they come in the top four at the finish line. There are 155,000 people that are waiting for the honor to attend the betting favorite Kentucky Derby and countless number of persons that will watch the best 2 minute horse race on televisions. The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race. The Vegas odds makers futures favorite is listed as Justify at 3/1.
Magnum Moon (8/1) is #1 ranked with 150 points and has secured a spot in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses. Magnum Moon did not race as a two year old just as Apollo had in 1892 when he won the Kentucky Derby. Magnum Moon most recently won the Arkansas Derby for his fourth straight win and the top spot over previous leader Good Magic. Good Magic (11/1) with 134 points was the 2017 Breeder's Cup Juvenile winner at Del-Mar, runner-up at the Champagne Stakes and the winner in the Blue Grass Stakes.
A year ago Churchill Downs introduced the Japan Road and the European Road to the Kentucky Derby to provide an opportunity for horses based in those countries to secure an entry. In the European Road to the Kentucky Derby Gronkowski (33/1) secured a spot in the starting gate of Kentucky Derby and was the victor in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes(pls 10) in Kempton Park on March 7, 2018. Gronkowski moved up the ranks when Runaway Ghost withdraw due to an injury and Firenze Fire (40/1) moved up with Gronkowski in toe. Mendelssohn (4/1) will also race ending his 35 races ranked #8 and gave his top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien his third straight win at the UAE Derby in Dubai. Japan was not sucessfull in securing a spot in the starting gate of the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby field is set so its time to place your bets for your favorite pick for the Run of the Roses.
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