Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

How Much Money Does the Kentucky Derby Winner Make?

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Another of Leslie's Lady's foals is Into Mischief, himself a top sire represented by Florida Derby victor Audible in this race. The more I look at this race, the more it feels like Mendelssohn will either win it running away or not be a factor in the finish at all.

In the 24 hours leading up to the Kentucky Derby, gamblers have started betting heavily on My Boy Jack and his odds have fallen from a 20/1 longshot all the way to 5/1. It was Lone Sailor's second career start.

Unlike past Derbies, it is the strong opinion of this handicapper that this race features a very deep and talented group.

Magnum Moon has already fulfilled the first half of that prophecy and has Derby-winning tradition in his stable, trained by two-time victor Todd Pletcher, who mentored Always Dreaming to top spot a year ago.

The "Run for the Roses" only takes a couple of minutes, yet the country's most famous horse race attracted more than 150,000 fans in person and an average of 16.4 million television viewers throughout the country previous year. There are four live races Thursday, including The Longines Kentucky Oaks race for female horses. It would be something we couldn't really dream of, to win this race. As we were training him a year ago, when we put the blinkers on him, it totally focused his mind. He's a major player. Like Magnum Moon, he is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has experience winning at Churchill Downs. Depending on how hot the early pace is will determine if he has his nose in front at the wire. Last time out, Enticed ran second to Vino Rosso in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial. Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez had his pick of Pletcher's mounts and chose him so that's a big plus for me. Also, if you're looking at trends to follow, the favorite has now won five straight Kentucky Derbys - that's a pretty good run for a 20-horse race. The son of Curlin should love the distance and will be ridden by Jose Ortiz, one of the nation's bright young jockeys.


If you aren't an NBC subscriber or don't have a cable login, you can also stream the Kentucky Derby for free on TwinSpires.com, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs.

My last top contender is Enticed, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.

Justify is the early 7-2 favorite for Saturday's 144th Run for the Roses that features a full field of 20 colts. He's trained by Bob Baffert, who's helped four horses en route to Derby wins, most recently with Triple Crown victor American Pharoah. None of the others has won a Derby. "Some of the tougher horses in the race are fairly lightly raced". Mendelssohn was assigned to No. 14.

Post time is set for approximately 6:46 p.m.in the first leg of the run for the Triple Crown. I haven't been on horseback in almost 30 years.

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