Who's still running down the long Churchill stretch? One that catches the eye, inspires the talk and carries the value.
This year, a similar rule has been created for European horses.
"You'd never know he's started only three times", exercise rider Penny Gardiner said this week.
But when it rains in the hours before post-time, there's not much to do other than study which horses are best at dealing with sloppy conditions.
There's also a horse named Audible being backed the audiobook company with the same name, as well as a horse owned by an National Basketball Association team's owner who will be watching the Derby between playoff games on Friday and Sunday.
The Derby is always a crapshoot and the hardest race of the Triple Crown to bet on, but at 8-1, I like Audible's pedigree, experience, and post (look above) coming into this race. He's run and won all over the world, and if he has a good race, could potentially pull away from the pack. I will not be using her but wouldn't shock if she showed up on the board. Want an intellectual reason to back him?
Bill Mott is a legendary trainer, and Hofburg finished 2nd to Audible in the Florida Derby.
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Justify has made only three starts, but won the April 7 Santa Anita Derby by three lengths over the more experienced Bolt d'Oro. It has been 136 years since a horse has won the Derby without running as a 2yr old. "I will prep exactly the same but when it comes to questions, I will make it more for a public audiences", she said.
Each year the top 20 thoroughbreds compete in the 1 1/4-mile "Run for the Roses".
Audible, also trained by Pletcher, boasts better odds than Magnum Moon. Justify is the favorite at 3-1 odds, trained by four-time victor Bob Baffert. "I feel strongly that it will be broken". Now, I am looking to get the rest of the money. Her first 2 races were 2nd place by a nose and then she broke her maiden in a Grade 2 Stakes race and enters this race on a 3 race winning streak. But cruising along the Churchill track at a fast gallop, Good Magic looks like a victor. He jogged, galloped and, as he did Thursday, whinnied most of the way. "Even though he's vocal, he cries out and calls the horses". "That would be the most embarrassing thing ever", she told TheWrap, pledging to wear wedges over high heels. "I might put him out there (Saturday) morning".
Most bettors don't give a spit about how many winners you had the day before the Kentucky Derby or the day after it. "Dean (Gallagher) rode him, and he was very happy the way he went over the surface".
It's designated for female horses and has a $1 million prize.
Friday's program consists of eight races starting at 6:30 p.m. For Derby day there is a 50 percent chance of showers but with no more than a quarter-inch expected. Horses that do well there generally do well in the Derby. Today's edition includes NBC Sports host Mike Tirico and Flameaway's trainer Mark Casse.
Horses will take off for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Please subscribe and post a review where available at Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music and Stitcher.