Omaha Beach Appears set to be the favourite going into the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Richard Mandella-trained colt is on a three-race winning streak and heads the betting under a week from the very first leg of the Triple Crown:
Kentucky Derby Odds
Omaha Beach 3-1
Maximum Security 5-1
Game Winner 6-1
Code of Honor 14-1
By My Standards 20-1
War of Will 25-1
Win Win Win 30-1
Cutting Humor 40-1Long Range Toddy 60-1
Country House 80-1
Gray Magician 100-1
Master Fencer 100-1
Plus Que Parfait 100-1
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Tuesday’s post positions draw may have an influence on the odds.
But most of the leading contenders will still be well set to compete even if they are drawn from the dreaded No. 17, which hasn’t produced a winner.
Omaha Beach’s favouritism is well-deserved. His career trajectory is on an upward curve having finished third on introduction, before two second places and three successive wins.
Earlier this month, he prevailed at the Arkansas Derby, remaining down the stretch to edge out Improbable, among Bob Baffert’s three contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
In prep for the Run for the Roses, Omaha Beach has also looked excellent:Together with Improbable, Baffert also saddles Roadster and Game Winner as he looks to secure a third Derby success in five years following Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015).
All three are among the favorites, but only Roadster goes into Saturday on the back of a triumph.
Improbable’s second in the Arkansas Derby was a second runners-up finish in a row after the colt started his career with three wins.
Game Winner had four wins in a row out of debut but has additionally had back second areas most recently.
Roadster, meanwhile, is in winning form after prevailing at the Santa Anita Derby back on April 6.
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