Still, betting on the Kentucky Derby requires an understanding that these races often do not go as planned.
According to the race chart, "Apollo started a cyclonic rush an eighth-of-a-mile from home" and caught the favorite, Runnymede, "a few jumps from the wire and won by a half length", earning $4,560. Let's take a look at these less-than-desirable Kentucky Derby winners of the 2000s, then leave us a comment with your own list.
Justify drew the No. 7 post on Tuesday and was installed as the early 3-1 favorite in the 20-horse field for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Today we get a look at a recipe for a DEWAR'S Julep.
Trained by four-time Derby victor Bob Baffert, Justify drew the No. 7 post at the Churchill Downs pill pull. I didn't want to be the one or the two. He has a world class rider in Ryan Moore and I just think he'll be very hard to beat. In the modern day, we don't get in a rush with these horses.
There are two things working against Justify at the Kentucky Derby. He made all to win in Meydan but faces a major task if he's to do the same in a 20-runner field on Saturday.
If the pace turns out to be moderate, with the way Flameaway battles, it would not be a surprise if he's around at the finish - which is saying a lot about a famous race that has become highly predictable in the last five years. None has finished in the top three.
One of the third-place finishers was Curlin in 2007. He won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf race at Del Mar last fall before having his training disrupted a bit by a cold winter in Europe.
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Excited as Lukas is to be back with Bravazo, he is even more encouraged about the 2-year-old prospects he has coming up. To see him atop his horse watching his latest Derby charge at work leaves no doubt about his energy or desire.
Trainer Bill Mott, who has Hofburg in Saturday's race, is a believer.
"I had no doubt who the favorite was going to be", Battaglia said. The UAE Derby was his first race on dirt, so he is still getting used to running on a new surface.
The Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, and one horse predicted to win it is Justify.
Pletcher's entries include the 6 to 1 third choice, Magnum Moon, which will break from post position 16. If he doesn't do it, Magnum Moon, another "rookie" horse, could do it.
Go And Go routed his United States opposition in the third leg of the American Triple Crown with that year's Kentucky Derby hero Unbridled only fourth. He surpassed Lukas this year as the trainer with the most starters in Derby history with 52. He said the Curse of Apollo shouldn't be a concern in this year's Kentucky Derby because of the trainers of the horses concerned.
"Once you have the post position, you can't worry about it", Baffert said. "Todd's going to have his (horse) ready, and Baffert is going to have his". I don't believe that at all. His 104 speed rating at that race makes him a horse worth considering.