On May 2, horsing fans and bettors will be focused on Churchill Downs for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby. Bob Baffert one of the best trainers in horseracing should saddle the top two favorites in the race.
American Pharoah is currently listed as the favorite at 3 to 1, on most sportsbooks, while Dortmund a stablemate is currently 4 to 1. Trainer Richard Violette has Upstart next in line at 9 to 2.
The morning line odds are to be posted upon the postposition draw at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
Since 1978, horseracing has waited for a Triple Crown winner. That year Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.
However, this year, American Pharoah is being showered with superlatives. The horse is just 10 to 1 to win the three races. One sportsbook is offering odds of 7 to 1 for any horse to win the Triple Crown in 2015.
One horse agent that has been in the business for over 35 years says American Pharoah is the best horse he has ever seen.
He called American Pharoah the Michael Jordan of horseracing. He stays in the air for so long and its seems he does not have just one gear remaining but possibly two or more, added the agent.
Of course, the veteran Baffert is holding back on his excitement. Baffert said the horse surprises him each time he runs and that he was looking forward to everything going well. However, he will still need a bit of racing luck, like getting a decent post, will have to break well and get the trip. Baffert added that a great deal could happen around the track so nothing will be taken for granted.
Here are the current odds for the 141st Kentucky Derby along with a few props.
American Pharoah 3/1
Carpe Diem 12/1
Firing Line 15/1
International Star 15/1
El Kabeir 22/1
One Lucky Dane 25/1
Keen Ice 25/1
War Story 30/1
Danzig Moon 35/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 60/1
Mr. Z 60/1
Bold Conquest 75/1
St Joe Bay 125/1
Pain and Misery 150/1
The Truth or Else 250/1
Task from glory 150/1
Will American Pharoah win – Yes +310, No -380
Will a Horse win the Triple Crown – Yes +700, No -380
Will a horse win two of the three races in the Triple Crown Yes +140, No -160
Kentucky Derby Official Winning Time – Over/Under 202.2