Another week, another new favorite on the 2018 Kentucky Derby futures market. Justify, who only broke his maiden in February, has taken the lead at 4/1 after winning Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby – his first-ever graded stakes race. The Bob-Baffert trained colt won by three lengths over Bolt d’Oro, the former Kentucky Derby favorite, who slipped to 10/1 after Saturday’s result.

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Justify wasn’t the only big winner this past weekend. Good Magic took over first place on the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings after winning the G2 Blue Grass Stakes; at press time, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion is fifth on the Derby odds list at 12/1. And it was Vino Rosso crossing the wire first at the G2 Wood Memorial, earning his first graded-stakes victory – although not enough of a breakthrough to generate any odds for the big race on May 5.
There’s still time for other horses to make an impression. The G1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park and the G3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland are this Saturday, the last two prep races on the schedule; Magnum Moon and Solomini, both 16/1, are expected to duke it out at Oaklawn.

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