April 2nd, 2018
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Following his dominant win at Saturday’s Grade 2 UAE Derby, Mendelssohn has surged to the top of the Kentucky Derby futures odds. The Aidan O’Brien-trained bay is 5/1 at press time, collecting 100 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and assuring an invitation to the 144th Run for the Roses on May 5.
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O’Brien had the option to keep Mendelssohn on the new European Road and qualify through Friday’s Burradon Stakes, but he chose the Main Road and the UAE Derby instead. Mendelssohn rewarded him by breaking the track record at Meydan Racecourse and winning by 18-1/2 lengths. Gronkowski took down the Burradon to finish first on the European Road ahead of Mendelssohn.
Moving up to second on the Kentucky Derby odds list: Audible, who improved to 13/2 after winning Saturday’s G1 Florida Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the New York-bred colt stalked from a distance and made his move around the far turn, blowing past a talented field and beating Hofburg by three lengths. Bolt d’Oro (7/1) will race this Saturday at the G1 Santa Anita Derby, but he won’t face McKinzie (8/1), who has a hind leg issue and may be taken off the Triple Crown trail.
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