Havasu horse bettors ready for Kentucky Derby

Todd Pletcher

Todd Pletcher

Mott, that paragon of patience, has Hofburg, raced only on September 2, March 3 and March 31, but deemed curious because of the 64-year-old Mott's general lack of neediness with the Kentucky Derby, his entries coming only in 1984, 1998 (two entries), 2002, 2008 (two entries) and 2009.

Horses run through the first turn during the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Ky.

Long-shots are fairly common, but of the last 20 winners, 12 have won at odds of 8-1 or lower. "And once they put blinkers on him (for races) he doesn't do that". It's likely the most talented group of runners this race has seen in a quarter-century, especially among the top 10 horses in the field. The new emphasis is on how you race in March and April before the Derby.

"I'm really confident that this horse is going to run the best race of his life". He might hit the board on talent alone but he'll be a better bet in the Travers at Saratoga in August. However, Storm Cat has hardly been an influential sire when it comes to the Kentucky Derby.

Magnum Moon is a son of Malibu Moon, the sire of 2013 Kentucky Derby victor Orb, which may give him an edge over Justify in their respective quests to break the Curse of Apollo. Rounding out the top five is Chad Brown's Blue Grass Stakes victor and Good Magic.

I will be keying Audible on top and using Hofburg, Bolt d'Oro and Mendelssohn underneath.

Trained by four-time Kentucky Derby victor, Bob Baffert, Justify will face a serious challenge from Mendelssohn, who makes his North American debut as a +400 bet on the Kentucky Derby odds.

With a cacophony of snorts and whinnies and all imaginable equine onomatopoeia, the UAE Derby victor and the lone overseas entry made a loud first appearance Thursday morning on the track where he and 19 other colts will run Saturday in the 144th Kentucky Derby. He ran second to Justify in the Santa Anita Derby.

The favorite will be running against 136 years of history - no horse has won the Derby without racing at 2 since Apollo did it in 1882 - as well as 19 rivals.

Vino Rosso, trained by Todd Pletcher for Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable, is another that may be overlooked by bettors.

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Two local Kentucky Derby parties are open to all: the Junior League of Colorado Springs at The Gold Room and the Axe and the Oak Whiskey House at Ivywild School. That rarely happens in the Derby. Also, catching his works on the backside this week, he has look absolutely stunning. The distance was 1 ½ miles, instead of the current 1 ¼ miles.

"He's a screamer", rival trainer Bob Baffert said.

About a half dozen people sat in the lounge of the Sunset Grill on Thursday afternoon, watching coverage of horse races from Churchill Downs and betting on a handful of races taking place throughout the country. Going up against a field of 20 is a daunting task. For one thing, enough Hall of Fame trainers lurk around that there's even this 82-year-old marvel atop a horse, and if you've never seen an 82-year-old marvel atop a horse, you really should see an 82-year-old marvel atop a horse.

There's the requisite Dubai Invader, usually the victor of the UAE Derby. Typically, the UAE Derby victor is a throw-out for the Kentucky Derby, with the long travel and unfamiliar surroundings.

One difference with Mendelssohn is that he was not born on foreign soil. "He won the Breeders' Cup past year off of a really, really good breeze".

Mott said there's good reason for that.

Mendelssohn is a powerful horse and the second choice in the field with odds of plus-400. This year it may be more hard to pin down the victor.

Bolt d'Oro drew Stall 11, which has only produced two winners and no victories since 1988.

"They looked so much alike, Mendelssohn and Beholder", said Fred Mitchell, who bred both at his Clarkland Farm in Lexington, Kentucky.

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