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He also trains Solomini, who landed the No. 17 post and was installed as a 30-1 long shot by Churchill Downs' oddsmaker Mike Battaglia.

Apollo won the eighth Kentucky Derby in 1882, back when the Run for the Roses was a 1.5-mile race and 14 years away from adopting the current distance of 1.25 miles.

Katie George of WDRB Sports quickly gave him the news - seven. Then again, Baffert won his most recent Run for the Roses in 2015, when American Pharoah became just the second horse to triumph from the No. 18 position.

"That's a good spot", Baffert said of Justify's draw. The total purse, with 20 horses starting, is $2,192,000 with $1,432,000 to the victor.

And so have the oddsmakers as Magnum Moon, despite being in that 16th spot, is a 6-to-1 favorite.

Audible is also in Pletcher's barn, making him the first trainer to win four of the final six major Derby preps with different horses. Lukas is back in the Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2015 with colt Bravazo running on Saturday, which has the four-time victor savoring being part of horse racing's crown jewel. They're going to have those horses ready. In all three of his previous races, he finished with at least a 100 speed rating and the 114 he posted in his win at the Santa Anita Derby was very impressive. The race only lasts two minutes, so tuning in earlier is recommended.

"It's one of the toughest Derbies I've ever seen", Baffert said.

Mendelssohn was the most expensive sale yearling in 2016 when he went to M.V. Magnier for $3 million at the Keeneland September yearling sale.

Go And Go routed his U.S. opposition in the third leg of the American Triple Crown with that year's Kentucky Derby hero Unbridled only fourth. Trained by Irishman Aidan O'Brien, UAE Derby victor Mendelssohn is the 5-1 second choice.

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"It's horse racing and that's what happens", Pletcher said after Tuesday's draw at Churchill Downs.

Bolt d'Oro arrived to Churchill Downs on Monday and trained on Tuesday. Baffert has sent out 27 Derby horses, and is tied with D. Wayne Lukas with four victories. And this year, the race will be wagered on with a more modern innovation: cryptocurrencies. Horses are loaded into the gate two at a time, beginning with posts one and 11, which spend the most time waiting for the start.

"When they went through the first 10 horses and I hadn't gotten in the mix yet, I thought maybe they'd lost my entries", Pletcher said.

"So it is not just betting, the chance to prove with money your luck or what you call your judgment, that draws people to horse races". Amazon, the online giant, made a decision to team up with the horse - which is now running at 8-1 odds - because it shares a name with the Amazon-owned audiobook service, Audible. In the past, contender merchandise was limited to a post position t-shirt with the contender's name and gate number. "It was a good first day and that's what we're all looking for". "Bolt is so well-minded that he doesn't work himself up". In February he opened up as an 80-to-1 shot and players saw some real value in the eventual Florida Derby victor. In that group is Lone Sailor, owned by Gayle Benson, the widow of the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson.

The Desormeaux brothers have teamed with My Boy Jack.

In fact, the trend recently has been toward lightly-raced colts and a training approach that keeps horses fresh for the Triple Crown.

If a horse is scratched before 9 a.m. Friday, Blended Citizen (50-1) is entered as an also-eligible replacement.

If all 20 horses start, the total purse would be $2,192,000.

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