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One month out, these are the betting favorites for the Kentucky Derby


Run for the Roses less than a month away

One month out, these are the betting favorites for the Kentucky Derby | News Article by

The road to the Kentucky Derby is almost at an end. Prep races finished up this weekend, and the top contenders for the first jewel of the Triple Crown look very different than they did at the beginning of 2018.

With the Run for the Roses less than a month away, here are the current front runners when it comes to the Kentucky Derby horse racing bets:

Justify (5/2)
Before blowing away the field at the Santa Anita Derby, Justify was 8/1 to win the Kentucky Derby after claiming impressive wins at the same track in his first two races. Then he left then-favorite Bolt d’Oro in his dust and now is priced at +250 midway through April.

His speed is incredible and he’s shown a fancy for fast finishes as well, looking stronger when other horses hit the wall. He’s a Bob Baffert horse, so his trainer know exactly what it takes to win the Run for the Roses, with Baffert a four-time Kentucky Derby champ and winner of dozen Triple Crown races.

If you’re looking for a reason not to bet Justify to win the Derby, you can look to his lack of experience – being a rare contender who wasn't raced as a two-year-old – and it will be interesting to see how he does away from Santa Anita when he takes to the gates at Churchill Downs on May 5.

Magnum Moon (6/1)
Magnum Moon was an outlining contender for the Kentucky Derby, showing an ability to compete with the top three-year-olds but not garnering the attention of oddsmakers. Horse racing bettors could have grabbed him as large as 12/1 to win the Derby before he turned heads at the Arkansas Derby last weekend. Magnum Moon grabbed the lead through the clubhouse turn and didn’t relinquish it, exploding off the rail in the final turn and finishing with a comfortable victory.

Todd Pletcher has high hopes for this undefeated colt, who not only won the Arkansas Derby but also the Rebel Stakes G2 at Oaklawn Park in March. Pletcher is a two-time winner of the Derby, including 2017 with Always Dreaming. There hasn’t been a back-to-back winning trainer since Baffert doubled up in 1997 and 1998.

Audible (7/1)
Audible started creeping onto to the radar of horse racing bettors with a victory in the Holy Bull Stakes in February. He followed that with another win at Gulf Stream Park, finding the Winner’s Circle at the Florida Derby in late March. Audible ran a very exciting – yet patient race – in that victory, sticking to the back of the pack for half the race before pouring it on and taking the lead into the final turn, finishing well ahead of the runner-up.

This is another Pletcher horse, and his fifth Florida Derby title winner. Audible is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Always Dreaming, who used the Florida Derby as a springboard to the Kentucky Derby last year. The biggest challenge facing this horse will be the distance of the Kentucky Derby at 1 ¼-miles. He’s never run at this distance and his patient style may not jibe well against a faster field.

Good Magic (8/1)
The Breeder’s Cup Juvenile winner was 10/1 to win the Kentucky Derby back in November and was as low as 6/1 in March after a third-place showing in the Fountain of Youth G2. Good Magic followed that with a victory in the Blue Grass Stakes G2 putting together a tremendous run into the final turn, fighting off a tight field of contenders to bring momentum into the first weekend in May.

This Chad Brown-trained horse is his best shot at winning his first ever Kentucky Derby title. Good Magic has shown an ability to get out to a good start, and that means a lot in a busy Derby field. This horse is well-traveled and experienced, having run at five different tracks in as many races. He should acclimate to Churchill Downs better than some other Derby contenders this May.