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144th Kentucky Derby Odds: Justify Favored in Post No. 7

Justify in the 144th Kentucky Derby

Can Justify Break the “Curse” in the 144th Kentucky Derby?

The betting action on the 144th Kentucky Derby has been hot and heavy since Tuesday’s post position draw. Justify has regained his status as the sole favorite for Saturday’s race. His odds dipped from 13/4 after the draw to 7/2 at press time.

Mendelssohn, the former co-favorite, has improved to 4/1. He’ll break from the far end of the main gate at post No. 14, while Justify has a more comfortable draw with post No. 7.

Justify is the horse with the most conversation swirling around him heading into Saturday’s Run for the Roses. He tries to become the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the despite not racing at age 2.

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Audible, the third favorite, is closing in on the leaders at 13/2, up from 7/1 after drawing post No. 5.  Of the four Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby, Audible is the only one breaking from the main gate. Magnum Moon, who drew post No. 16, has slipped from 7/1 to 15/2.

It’s been a see-saw ride for Bolt d’Oro (post No. 11) on the Kentucky Derby futures, and he’s on his way back down at 17/2 after checking in at 8/1. Good Magic (post No. 6) has overtaken Bolt d’Oro as the fifth favorite.

The reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion was 11/1 before Tuesday’s draw, then moved up to 9/1 after the draw and again to 8/1 at press time.

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144th Kentucky Derby Latest Odds

Race #12 6:50pm EDT  6:50pm EDT

P#
Horse (Jockey)
MLWPSW/P/S
1Firenze Fire (fl) P Lopez
50/1
2Free Drop Billy (ky) R Albarado
30/1
3Promises Fulfilled (ky) C J Lanerie
30/1
4Flameaway (on) J Lezcano
30/1
5Audible (ny) J Castellano
8/1
6Good Magic (ky) J L Ortiz
12/1
7Justify (ky) M E Smith
3/1
8Lone Sailor (ky) J Graham
50/1
9Hofburg (ky) I Ortiz, Jr.
20/1
10My Boy Jack (ky) K J Desormeaux
30/1
11Bolt D’oro (ky) V Espinoza
8/1
12Enticed (ky) J Alvarado
30/1
13Bravazo (ky) L Contreras
50/1
14Mendelssohn (ky) R L Moore
5/1
15Instilled Regard (ky) D Van Dyke
50/1
16Magnum Moon (ky) L Saez
6/1
17Solomini (ky) F Prat
30/1
18Vino Rosso (ky) J R Velazquez
12/1
19Noble Indy (ky) F Geroux
30/1
20Combatant (ky) R Santana, Jr.
50/1
21Blended Citizen (ky) (ae)
SCRATCHED

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