Kentucky Derby 2018: Odds, Favorites & Must-See Betting Info

Todd Pletcher

Mendelssohn, campaigned by owners affiliated with John Magnier's Coolmore operation in Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor, shipped in from Ireland for trainer Aidan O'Brien. The jockey is a three-time Derby victor but last won in 2008.

"Audible won't get the same flawless setup he had in the Florida Derby", Demling told SportsLine.

Enticed broke his maiden on September 4 at Saratoga, running six furlongs in 1:12 and winning by 1 3/4 lengths with his Kentucky Derby jockey Junior Alvarado aboard. In various partnerships, he's had 14 other Derby starters, teaming up with Smith on 2004 runner-up Lion Heart, partnering with James Scatuorchio and Smith on Mendelssohn's sire Scat Daddy in 2007 (18th), and co-owning Johannesburg (eighth) with Susan Magnier in 2002.

Lukas, the 82-year-old Hall of Famer, has his 49th Derby starter in Bravazo.

Mendelssohn cost $3 million at Keeneland in September 2016.

Interestingly, previous year the organizers of the Kentucky Derby instituted the "Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby" rule, which allowed for horses from that respective country to be able to compete in the race.

"Having three of the four horses in the auxiliary gate wasn't what we were hoping for", Pletcher said. It would be flawless. "He looks happy, switching leads well, and that's all you can ask for".

Kentucky-bred homebred Enticed will be the 11th Derby starter for Godolphin, whose best Derby finish to date has been a fourth-place finish by Frosted in 2015.

The 144th "Run for the Roses" is nearly upon us. I do feel that if he wins the Derby, he could win it all. Aptitude finished second to Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, and Empire Maker was the runner-up behind Funny Cide in 2003. But I question whether he has the enough races and experience to still be running in the last 1/8th of a mile? Lone Sailor and Hofburg only have maiden wins to their credit, yet each finished 2nd in their last outing, earning the necessary points to run in the Derby.

Juddmonte Farms manager Garrett O'Rourke said its broodmare band is more geared to producing turf runners, but the Kentucky Derby is a race Abdullah always has in mind, even though this will be the farm's first starter in the Louisville classic since 2003.

Ran well at the Blue Grass Stakes a month ago, Breeders Cup Juvenile victor and has Chad Brown as his trainer. For me, horse race betting is a year-round affair but for most the Derby kicks off the horse race betting season. Everyone would love to win the Kentucky Derby. "We've got four terrific riders". And Hofburg has looked good enough this week to become a "wise guy horse".

O'Rourke said a lot has to go right to make the Derby. She has 2 stakes wins to her name but has not faced a group this tough before. "It's hard to get here".

Since this year's race falls on Cinco de Mayo, the Solsvigs are altering their normal party with a "Derby de Mayo" theme that will add margaritas, chips and salsa and tacos to their normal dishes. But a bump or a bruise along the road just knocks you out.

And Eurton believes the 3-year-old colt has a great chance of following in American Pharoah's hoof-steps by winning the Triple Crown - the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes - if he's victorious in the Run for the Roses.

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