Kentucky Derby Predictions and Tips
The Kentucky Derby is always one of the most hotly anticipated events on the sporting calendar and the 144th staging of the race takes place on May 5th 2018. The first leg of the triple crown looks hugely competitive and showcases some of the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds in the US.
Always Dreaming was the 2017 winner for Todd Pletcher who wrapped up his second Kentucky Derby success. The handler has another leading chance in the race with Magnum Moon who is available at 9.00 with Sports Interaction and will be ridden by Luis Saez. He is four from four so far and wrapped up the Arkansas Derby back at the beginning of April. Vino Rosso also represents the powerful barn whilst Florida Derby winner Audible is also in the line-up and is priced up as third favourite at 6.99. This will be tougher than that Gulfstream success but another big race is predicted.
Pletcher faces stiff competition from four-time winner Bob Baffert who saddles the favourite Justify. Available at 4.48, it is one of the most talked about horses in the race. He is three from three and looked extremely classy in the Santa Anita Derby and lightly-raced sorts are always favoured in these kinds of events. American Pharoah had just five races prior to its triple crown success and keeping the horses fresh for this iconic event is absolutely essential.
At a much bigger price of 29.00, My Boy Jack is well-fancied for the race and is trained by J. Keith Desormeaux. He always runs solidly and is a classy closer who is likely to be looming as the sight of the finishing line emerges.
Flameaway Representing Canada in the Kentucky Derby
Mark Casse is one of the most notable trainers represented in the event but has never previously enjoyed success in this race. He is represented by Ontario-bred Flameaway who finished a narrow second at Keeneland in the Bluegrass Stakes and that solid performance gives it a realistic chance of upsetting the odds in this triple crown event.
Casse, who has been named as Canada’s top trainer on nine different occasions is confident of his colt’s chances and is driven by the possibility of being able to put his name to a Kentucky Derby winner.