March 27th, 2018
The field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby is starting to take shape. With just over a month before the big race at Churchill Downs on May 5, Bolt d’Oro has grabbed the early lead at +700 on the Kentucky Derby futures market. Audible and McKinzie are tied for second at +1000.
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Bolt d’Oro, a dark bay trained by Mick Ruis and ridden by Javier Castellano, was on top of the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings after taking down the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 10 – although he won after McKinzie was penalized for drifting into Bolt d’Oro’s path. However, it’s Noble Indy (+2000) with the points lead at press time, following his victory at the G1 Louisiana Derby on March 24.
There are seven more prep races on the “main” road to the Derby, plus the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle Racecourse in England, so there’s ample time for other horses to punch their tickets for Louisville. That includes Good Magic (+1400), the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion. The Chad Brown-trained chestnut colt had to settle for third place behind Promises Fulfilled (+1600) and Strike Power (+2000) at the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 3.
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