147th Kentucky Derby: A Look at the Horses and the Morning Line Odds

by Big Al Staff

The 147th Kentucky Derby returns to its traditional first Saturday in May. The first leg of the Triple Crown tests the three-year-old horses with a 1 1/4 mile dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Post time is 6:57 PM ET on NBC. Below is a breakdown of the 20 horses.

#1 Known Agenda (Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.). The winner of the Florida Derby on March 27th for the famed trainer, Todd Pletcher. Two wins since adding blinkers. A best Beyer speed mark of 94. 6-1 morning line odds.

#2 Like the King (Trainer: Wesley Ward; Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke). Three wins but two of the victories on a synthetic surface and one on turf, so the transition to dirt is a question. A best Beyer figure of 86. 50-1 morning line odds.

#3 Brooklyn Strong (Trainer: Daniel Velazquez; Jockey: Umberto Rispoli). Beat Known Agenda at the Grade 2 Remsen on December 5th before finishing outside the money, most recently at the Wood Memorial on April 10th. A best Beyer mark of 94. 50-1 morning line odds.

#4 Keepmeinmind (Trainer: Robertino Diodoro; Jockey: David Cohen). Finished in third place at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile as a maiden. Fifth place, most recently at the Blue Grass. A best Beyer mark of 92. 50-1 morning line odds.

#5 Sainthood (Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Corey Lanerie). A late finish to earn second place at the Jeffy Ruby on March 27th. A best Beyer figure of 84. 50-1 morning line odds.

#6 O Besos (Trainer: Greg Foley; Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza). A third-place result at the Louisiana Derby on March 20th. Sired by Kentucky Derby winner Sire. A best Beyer mark of 96. 20-1 morning line odds. 

#7 Mandaloun (Trainer: Brad Cox; Jockey: Florent Geroux). Won the Risen Star on February 13th before a sixth-place finish at the Louisiana Derby. A best Beyer mark of 98. 15-1 morning line odds.

#8 Medina Spirit (Trainer: Bob Baffert; Jockey: John Velazquez). Won the Robert B. Lewis on January 30th before a second place at the Santa Anita Derby on April 3rd. Never worse than second place in five starts. A top Beyer figure of 99. 15-1 morning line odds.

#9 Hot Rod Charlie (Trainer: Doug O’Neill; Jockey: Flavien Prat). The Lousiana Derby winner on March 20th. A best Beyer mark of 99. 8-1 morning line odds.

#10 Midnight Bourbon (Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Mike Smith). A second-place finish at the Louisiana Derby. A top Beyer figure of 96. 20-1 morning line odds.

#11 Dynamic One (Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Jose Ortiz). A second-place finish at the Wood Memorial on April 10th. A best Beyer mark of 89. 20-1 morning line odds.

#12 Helium (Trainer: Mark Casse; Jockey: Julien Leparoux). Unbeaten in three starts, but only one of the races were on dirt. A top Beyer figure of 84. 50-1 morning line odds.

#13 Hidden Stash (Trainer: Vicki Oliver; Jockey: Rafael Bejarano). A fourth-place finish at the Blue Grass Stakes. A best Beyer mark of 83. 50-1 morning line odds.

#14 Essential Quality (Trainer: Brad Cox; Jockey: Luis Saez). Unbeaten with wins at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile last year and the Blue Grass Stakes on April 3rd. A top Beyer figure of 97. The favorite to win with 2-1 morning line odds.

#15 Rock Your World (Trainer: John Sadler; Jockey: Joel Rosario). Unbeaten with a victory at the Santa Anita Derby in his most recent start on April 3rd. A best Beyer mark of 100. The second favorite to win with 5-1 morning line odds.

#16 King Fury (Trainer: Ken McPeek; Jockey: Brian Hernandez, Jr.). Won the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 10th. A top Beyer figure of 96. 20-1 morning line odds. A late scratch this week from a fever.

#17 Highly Motivated (Trainer: Chad Brown; Jockey: Javier Castellano). A second-place result to Essential Quality at the Blue Grass Stakes. A top Beyer figure of 97. 10-1 morning line odds.

#18 Super Stock (Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.). Won the Arkansas Derby on April 10th. A best Beyer figure of 92. 30-1 morning line odds.

#19 Soup and Sandwich (Trainer: Mark Casse; Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione). A second-place result at the Florida Derby. A top Beyer mark of 90. 30-1 morning line odds.

#20 Bourbonic (Trainer: Todd Pletcher; Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche). Won the Wood Memorial at 73-1 odds on April 10th. A best Beyer figure of 89. 30-1 morning line odds.

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