Kentucky Derby 2018 Live Stream Online, is the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is open to 20 horses, with a purse of US$2 million.
The bad weather that was threatening to interfere with the Kentucky Oaks disappeared before post time and despite an objection from the second-place finisher’s camp, jockey Florent Geroux guided Monomoy Girl to victory.
Legendary jockey Mike Smith couldn’t cash in a winner’s ticket with Midnight Bisou, as a hard outside charge down the stretch petered out for a third-place finish behind Wonder Gadot.
And with that, the focus now turns to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby set for 6:46 p.m. Saturday at Churchill Downs.
If the weather holds as expected, the balmy temperatures that created a drier track should lead to a faster-paced Run For The Roses. And with a field that is regarded by experts as the deepest, most talented field in the past decade, finding the definitive betting favorite is trickier than ever.
Justify, behind trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Smith, was installed as the favorite as post positions were announced. But to go there, you have to buy that a 136-year streak will be broken. A three-year-old that never raced as a two-year-old hasn’t won the Derby since Apollo in 1882, but Justify and fellow early favorite Magnum Moon both fit that bill to break the so-called Apollo’s Curse.
I often look to the expert panel assembled at Hello Face Fans as the bellwether for how much to pay attention to the hype and the odds. But with the Kentucky Oaks, just two of the 25 experts pegged Monomoy Girl as the winner.
So let’s look to the betting facts that have played out this week.
Justify is now the co-favorite with Mendelssohn, a United Arab Emirates horse that started as a 5-1 bet but rose to 7/2 by Saturday. Concern over an early-week quarantine were erased as the horse looked strong in late-week workouts.
My Boy Jack, behind trainer Keith Desormeaux and jockey Kent Desormeaux, made the biggest odds jump over the course of the week, going from a 30-1 start to 18-1 by Saturday morning.
Another Baffert entry, Solomini, jumped from 30-1 to 22-1 and Hofburg has climbed from 20-1 to 15-1. And expect the casual fan to bet up Noble Indy from 30-1 after jockey Geroux’s win in the Oaks.
Rising odds stock: Audible, Good Magic, Hofburg, My Boy Jack, Enticed, Mendelssohn, Solomini
Falling odds stock: Firenze Fire, Free Drop Billy, Promises Fulfilled, Flameaway, Justify (miminal), Bolt D’Orso (minimal), Bravazo, Instilled Regard, Magnum Moon (minimal), Combatant
Flat stock (no change): Lone Sailor, Vino Rosso, Noble Indy
After five straight years of double-digit payouts for the winner from 2009 to 2013, it’s now been four straight years of lower payouts on the winner. But that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad action. In fact, with two longshots in Lookin at Lee (33-1) and Battle of Midway (40-1) running 2-3 in 2017, the trifecta was the best payoff since $2009 and the superfecta (picking the top four finishers) paid out a whopping $75,974.50.
When is the Kentucky Derby?
Every year, the “Run for the Roses” is held on the first Saturday of May. And that day this year is Saturday, May 5. On Friday, the annual running of the Kentucky Oaks, a race for 3-year-old fillies (female horses), took place.
What’s the prize?
There will be 20 horses in this year’s race, with $2 million as the prize.
What time does the race start?
The post time for this year’s race is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. ET, but the race isn’t set to start until 12 minutes later at 6:46 p.m. Again, better to tune in early, than late, since the race only lasts two minutes. You don’t want to miss it.