Kentucky Derby 2017: Horses to bet

Fortunately for him, it hasn't happened at Churchill Downs this week. And don't be afraid to single out a horse in either race if you have real strong feelings about one. Plus, if it rains (which is in the forecast) his pedigree suggested he'll love a muddy track.

It's looking like a wide open Kentucky Derby. Pletcher's horses have won just about all the major Derby preps, some many times over.

"With the average horse you couldn't do what we have done", Casse said. Most viewers tune in to horse racing for this four-week sweet spot that features the Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, and then tune out for the rest of the year. Always Dreaming is worth a flyer, especially on the bottom of an exacta or trifecta. Two horses, Always Dreaming and McCraken, are the co-second choices at 5-1.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Always Dreaming drew the No. 5 post, which has produced nine Derby winners, most recently California Chrome in 2014. The win in the Arkansas Derby indicates that he is healthy again, but the Derby distance and the upgrade in competition could be issues. "It's a little bit different this time around because he's one of the liked horses". But, for bettors it generally doesn't matter where a horse starts - unless it's gate 17. His owner is 86-year-old Isobelle de Tomaso, who used to race cars in Europe and is the daughter of Monmouth Park founder Amory Haskell.

Three-time Derby-winning rider and newly elected Hall of FamerVictor Espinoza will ride Gormley and attempt to join Bill Shoemaker as a four-time race victor, second only to the five wins by Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack.

The Kentucky Derby drew $124 million in legal wagers past year.

What I like most about Tapwrit, however, is not his speed or his family - it's his long strides and the fact that he never seems to get exhausted.

Angels edge Blue Jays, 2-1
Setting up in front of Davis, Hector Rondon and Carl Edwards Jr. have combined to allow one run and three hits in 15.1 innings. Jose Martinez tied the game with his first homer, a two run shot to right in the 7th, making it a 4-4 game.

My second pick would be Tapwrit, a horse I think can bounce back from a lackluster previous race when fifth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. I think you have to have an ownership group that's comfortable doing that. In an effort to harness the colt's energy, Pletcher switched to longer reins, and Always Dreaming resisted.

Among the field of 20, only five - 4-1 favorite Classic Empire and longshots Battle of Midway, Hence, Tapwrit and Gormley - have won on a wet surface.

"I feel like I can't really control anybody else's horse, but I want what's best for mine".

The colt only has two starts this year (including the Arkansas Derby), finishing third in the Holy Bull back in February to 6-1 Irish War Cry. Victor of four out of five career starts, including the Arkansas Derby most recently, Classic Empire could be the richest Derby starter ever with more than $2 million in career earnings.

Duckworth said there were obvious barriers to Waller one day targeting a race like the Kentucky Derby. But he's not a standout like American Pharoah. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three in each category of the contest with first place taking home $500.

Which horses are running in the 2017 Kentucky Derby?

Can Lookin at Lee escape the dreaded No. 1 post? Plus, his jockey Ray Hanson is from Kentucky, so that would make for a great story, right? "My friends and I, we had an argument last week about whether we wanted to go to Oaks or the Derby", she said. It gives him a cleaner trip.

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