The 144th Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 5 at Churchill Downs, and there isn’t one particular horse standing out from the crowd this year. At press time, Bolt d’Oro is a slim 7/1 favorite on the horse racing futures market, just ahead of Audible at 8/1 and McKinzie at 10/1.
Bolt d’Oro also has a one-point lead on the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The dark bay took over top spot with a win at the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 10; McKinzie crossed the finish line first by a head after a heated battle, but was relegated to second for drifting into Bolt d’Oro’s path. That decision handed McKinzie his first loss in four career races, after victories at the G1 Los Alamitos Futurity and the G3 Sham Stakes.
Of all the contenders on the Triple Crown trail, Good Magic (14/1) may be the most noteworthy. The chestnut colt made history when he broke his maiden by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, with Bolt d’Oro coming in third. Good Magic has raced just once this year, finishing third at the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 3.