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This year's Kentucky Derby doesn't feature a clear underdog

04 May 2018

Maurice native, Kent Desormeaux will be riding My Boy Jack in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old. One Grand Prize victor will be randomly chosen from the eligible entries that selected the winning horse and will be notified of their status via e-mail.

Trained by four-time Derby victor Bob Baffert, Justify drew the No. 7 post at the Churchill Downs pill pull. Justify drew gate No. 7 and the charismatic white-haired trainer pronounced himself pleased enough.

"I bet $20 on all of them, so I can not lose", resident Mary Love says.

To keep you updated during Kentucky Derby week, here's everything you need to know ahead of the event. I think he's Aidan's best chance of winning the Kentucky Derby and wouldn't it be great to see it.

"The Kentucky Derby is one of the most spectacular events in horse racing and the flawless moment to get fans excited about the season ahead", said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. "My excuses are really dwindling so now I've got to come with the horse". Undefeated in three starts, including the Santa Anita Derby, Justify certainly has the kind of talent that figures to attract large chunks of cash and make him the carrier of the torch in a bid for a six-pack.

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Jockey Javier Castellano rides Bolt d'Oro past the finish line during the Santa Anita Derby.

His three earlier starts at Tampa Bay Downs did little to ferment serious Derby dreams, but the way he pulled away at the Big A indicates he can be a threat in the stretch if the frontrunners get wobbly.

He's the (current) odds on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby...

In 1925, NY sports columnist Bill Corum called the Derby the "Run for the Roses" because the winning horse gets draped in a garland of hundreds of red roses.

Mendelssohn drew gate No. 14, the last spot in the main starting gate. A horse coming from Europe never has won the United States' biggest race. Magnum Moon drew post 13, with the other three in the auxiliary gate (posts 15-20).

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"Once you have the post position, you can't worry about it", Baffert said. "We couldn't be happier". Good Magic is at No. 6 and Magnum Moon is at No. 16.

He hopes to break the Curse of Apollo.

"I'm glad I wasn't here, if I had been sitting here I probably would've drawn the 1", Baffert said, kind of joking. "Todd's going to have his (horse) ready, and Baffert is going to have his". But it all worked out for the best. "It figures to be a very interesting race". Today, let's look at the worst. There was plenty of reason to be excited about the horse, and he backed that up by winning two Grade 1 Stakes Races in September 2017.

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This year's Kentucky Derby doesn't feature a clear underdog