Kentucky Derby 2017 Live: Closing Odds as Derby Day Nears

By | April 27, 2017

Saturday’s $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) no longer funnels horses to the Kentucky Derby but the 1 1/8-mile event at Hawthorne Race Course has value. It serves as a possible prep for the second leg of the Triple Crown, the May 20 Preakness at Pimlico, and features several contestants who have been competing against Kentucky Derby runners.

Kentucky Derby 2017 Live

Hedge Fund has been installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite and the Todd Pletcher-trained colt exits a third in his stakes debut, the March 26 Sunland Derby (G3), to Kentucky Derby-bound Hence, who easily proved best by a 3 ¾-length margin. To say the Sunland Derby has taken observers by surprise in recent weeks is an understatement.

Irap was the first to strike, bouncing forward off a fourth-place effort in the Sunland Derby in which he was beaten 8 ½ lengths to upset the Blue Grass (G2) at 31-1 odds. Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money came back last weekend to finish an outstanding second at 17-1 in the Arkansas Derby (G1), the only horse battling on a hot pace to be around at the finish.

Hedge Fund, who is by Super Saver, can continue to flatter the Sunland Derby winner with a victory Saturday.

Hollywood Handsome, the 4-1 third choice on the Illinois Derby morning line, is trying to make Girvin look good after a fourth in the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2). Trained by Dallas Stewart, he offered a stout but belated closing kick to be beaten only three lengths by the Kentucky Derby Live winning Girvin while making his stakes debut last time at Fair Grounds.

It’s Your Nickel can provide a positive line upon the Blue Grass runners with a strong showing. He wasn’t a serious factor last time, finishing sixth at Keeneland, but the five horses in front of him – Irap, Practical Joke, McCraken, J Boys Echo and Tapwrit – are all scheduled to return for the Kentucky Derby.

One of the most exciting pit stops on the Road to the Triple Crown involves laying down some cash on a futures pick for the 2017 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands. Over the past several weeks, America’s Best Racing has brought you up to date with the changing odds and new entries at two of the main Kentucky Derby future wager bookmakers in Las Vegas – the books at Wynn Las Vegas and William Hill.

Now, both sports books have pared down their listings and adjusted their odds after the last round of prep races concluded April 15. Here’s a rundown of the final changes in the Derby futures as the odds for many of the main contenders line up approximately with the expected morning-line odds to be announced Derby week by Mike Battaglia at Churchill Downs. In addition to individual future bets, Wynn and William Hill offer prop bets on whether a horse will sweep the Triple Crown, and Wynn also offers prop bets on the official winning time in the Derby, the Derby winner’s mutuel payout, and whether a horse will win two of the three Triple Crown races.

Be sure to tune into SB Nation Radio this Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern for this week’s “Winner’s Circle” podcast with host Bram Weinstein, where his guest will be John Avello, director of the race and sports book at Wynn Las Vegas.

The weeks and days leading up to the Kentucky Derby 2017 Live are filled with twists and turns. There will be horses who are training better than others, changes in the derby field and announcements made about festivities surrounding the run for the roses. Staying on top of it all can be a challenge, so it’s always good to be tuned into what’s happening on Twitter.

From the jockeys to the trainers to the owners, many of the people surrounding the horses in the Kentucky Derby can be found on Twitter. With that in mind, we came up with a list of must-follow accounts for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

The official Twitter account for the track that has hosted the Kentucky Derby for the past 142 years.

The weeks and days leading up to the Kentucky Derby are filled with twists and turns. There will be horses who are training better than others, changes in the derby field and announcements made about festivities surrounding the run for the roses. Staying on top of it all can be a challenge, so it’s always good to be tuned into what’s happening on Twitter.

From the jockeys to the trainers to the owners, many of the people surrounding the horses in the Kentucky Derby can be found on Twitter. With that in mind, we came up with a list of must-follow accounts for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

The official Twitter account for the track that has hosted the Kentucky Derby for the past 142 years.

The weeks and days leading up to the Kentucky Derby are filled with twists and turns. There will be horses who are training better than others, changes in the derby field and announcements made about festivities surrounding the run for the roses. Staying on top of it all can be a challenge, so it’s always good to be tuned into what’s happening on Twitter.

From the jockeys to the trainers to the owners, many of the people surrounding the horses in the Kentucky Derby can be found on Twitter. With that in mind, we came up with a list of must-follow accounts for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

The official Twitter account for the track that has hosted the Kentucky Derby for the past 142 years.

We are just two weeks out from the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. While there is plenty of time left to mix the mint juleps and buy your seersuckers and summer gowns, the lead-up to this year’s Run for the Roses has been a crazy path with a number of horses making a play to get into the Derby field.

Before they draw post positions on May 3, here’s an early read on where to put your futures wagers heading into the 143rd Kentucky Derby, thanks to our friends at SportsBookReview.com.

 

A vast majority of SBR’s trusted betting sites have last year’s 2-year-old champion male as the pick to be favored heading into Derby Day. The horse took wins at both the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita early in the year. But his 3-year-old coming-out party was a bust with a third-place finish behind Irish War Cry and Gunnevera at the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream.

This Mark Casse-trained colt earned bettors’ trust with a win at the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn over a distance of 1 1/8 miles, which dropped his odds from 12-1 value pick to favorite in Louisville. Easily the most accomplished horse in the field and bred to go the Churchill Downs distance, the big question with this horse is can it avoid the huge ups and downs of its early season and show the stunning closing speed he showed at Oaklawn?

Brad Grady’s Girvin, winner of the Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2) and the top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1), jogged twice Kentucky Derby 2017 Live around the main track next to a lead pony Sunday morning after the renovation break.
The track had been sealed for the first part of training Sunday but was opened when morning rains did not materialize.
After 9 a.m. ET, Girvin made his first appearance on the main track with Rosie Napravnik aboard after having trained the previous day on the all-weather training track.
“As long as the main track is good, we will train on it,” said trainer Joe Sharp, who had brought Girvin to Keeneland from the Trackside Training Center in Louisville to avoid potential sloppy track conditions from inclement weather that was forecast.
Sharp said he plans to work Girvin on Keeneland’s main track Monday at 8:30 a.m.
Silverton Hill LLC’s Meantime showed Saturday he could become a prime-time player for trainer Brian Lynch when he broke his maiden by 7½ widening lengths in Keeneland’s sixth race at 1 1/8 miles.
“He sure looked good yesterday,” Lynch said about the 3-year-old Shackleford colt, who is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason.
In his debut going a one-turn mile at Gulfstream Park, Meantime finished second at 53-1 odds to eventual Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Patch. In his next start at 7 furlongs, he was third behind Time to Travel, who finished fourth in last weekend’s Stonestreet Lexington (G3) here.
“There was a mile and a sixteenth race that didn’t fill and seven-eighths is not his cup of tea, but I wanted to get a race in him before coming here,” Lynch said. “I was very happy with his performance.”
Lynch plans to keep Meantime at Keeneland for the next couple of weeks and then head to Belmont Park.
“He could be anything and we’ll see how the year progresses,” Lynch said. “We will look for an allowance at Belmont and then after that, who knows? Maybe a mile and a half Belmont Weekend.”
Silverton Hill purchased Meantime for $230,000 at Keeneland’s 2015 September Yearling Sale.
Trainer Brendan Walsh picked up his third victory of the Keeneland Spring Meet on Saturday afternoon when Qatar Racing, Marc Detample and Crystal Lane Racing’s Shelbysmile won the fifth race.
Four hours later, he watched American Equistock’s Multiplier win the $250,000 Illinois Derby (G3) in suburban Chicago.No, he was not in both places.“A 5-year-old could have saddled him,” Walsh said about Kentucky Derby 2017 Live Stream Multiplier. “I didn’t need to be there. He could have saddled himself.”Multiplier, who broke his maiden in his third start at Fair Grounds March 18, had three works at Keeneland prior to his Illinois Derby victory.
“I’m not sure what we will do next,” Walsh said Sunday morning.
“Obviously, the Preakness (G1) is what everybody was asking about last night. We will see. I think he will be a grand horse for the derbies this year.”

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Walsh also said that Lee Mauberret’s Wicked Lick, runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) in her most recent start, would be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 5 at Churchill Downs.Shane Borel is as close to being a jockey as possible without getting on a horse.
Borel is a valet (pronounced “vall-ett”), who helps trainers saddle their horses before each race and cares for jockeys’ gear. Valets are employed by Keeneland and earn bonuses directly from the jockeys based on their winnings.
A Keeneland valet since 2002, Borel (left) has Brian Hernandez Jr., Corey Lanerie and Jose Ortiz in his care. His best-known client is his uncle Calvin Borel, the Hall of Famer and three-time Kentucky Derby Live Stream (G1) winner.
“My corner of the jockey’s room is pretty strong,” he said.
On race days, Borel arrives at the Jockeys Quarters around 9 a.m. to prepare for the day. His tasks include polishing his jockeys’ boots and organizing their tack and other equipment.
Borel and the other valets, who wear Keeneland green polo shirts and khaki pants, carry saddles and related items to the Paddock to meet trainers before each race. After the valet places the saddle on the horse’s back from the right side, the trainer tightens the girth from the left. For a more secure fit, the valet can snug the girth even more from the right. The valet and trainer then wrap another girth over the saddle.
After the race, the jockey unsaddles his mount and hands the saddle to the valet, who carries it back to the Jockeys Quarters.
“Our first responsibility is to do our jobs – saddling the horses – for the track,” he said. “Our No. 1 responsibility is to work for the track because without getting hired to (help) saddle the horses, we cannot be in the Jockeys Quarters to work for the riders.”
Borel certainly knows his way around the track. He grew up in the racing-rich region of Southern Louisiana, where his father, Carol, and mother, Diane, worked hands-on with the horses they raced.
Prior to becoming a valet, he spent 26 years as an exercise rider at Louisiana Downs in the northern part of the state and at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas before landing in Kentucky in 1994. Now as a valet at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, he is as involved in racing as ever.
I love everything about Keeneland – the place, the prestige, the crowds, the Kentucky Derby way people treat you,” he said. “The list goes on and on. It is a very classy place.