April 26th, 2018
The more bettors see from Justify, the more they like him to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby on May 5. Saturday’s six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park was impressive enough to put Justify alone at 3/1 on top of the horse racing futures market, leaving former co-favorite Mendelssohn in second place at 4/1; Mendelssohn is working with trainer Aidan O’Brien at the Ballydoyle facility in Ireland, and is expected to ship out on April 30.
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While Justify has taken sole possession of favorite status for Churchill Downs, Audible has slipped further behind in third place at 13/2, down from 5/1 last week. One of four viable Derby contenders trained by Todd Pletcher, Audible put in a solid workout last Friday at Palm Beach Downs, but that was quickly forgotten after Justify’s performance. Pletcher will also bring fourth favorite Magnum Moon (8/1) to Louisville, along with Vino Rosso (16/1) and Noble Indy (20/1).
Bolt d’Oro (9/1) and Good Magic (11/1) are holding firm in fifth and sixth place on the Kentucky Derby futures odds at press time. Hofburg, who finished three lengths behind Audible at the G1 Florida Derby, moved up to 18/1 after Sunday’s workout at Payson Park.
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