The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville is less than a week off, so it is time to start looking ahead where horse might be successful on Saturday and move on to vie for the Triple Crown.
The post-position draw will be held Tuesday, and also the 20 horses that gathered the most points from the path to the Kentucky Derby qualifying races will have the opportunity to take part in this year’s Run for the Roses.
This past year, Justify won the Kentucky Derby and proceeded to become the next horse in four years to win the Triple Crown, linking American Pharoah at 2015. Both horses have been trained by Bob Baffert, who has three horses which are put to be in this year’s race.When that the Kentucky Derby arrives, it’s always important to be on the lookout for horses trained by Baffert, who has coached five previous Derby winners. That makes Roadster, Improbable and Game Winner one of the favorites for the race of this year. And one from this trio should certainly compete for the win.
But, Omaha Beach, which has won its final three races, has the best chances to win the Run for the Roses.
Omaha Beach won the Arkansas Derby, the Last race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, over Improbable, which finished second. Omaha Beach is trained by Richard Mandella, who will have a horse at the Kentucky Derby for the first time in 15 years.
Mike Smith will be the jockey for Omaha Beach. He’s two Kentucky Derby wins, including last year, when he awakened Justify to each of three of its Triple Crown wins.
It will be interesting to see which of Baffert’s three horses are going to have the very best opportunity to ensure the victory over the first favorite Omaha Beach.Roadster won the Santa Anita Derby to help it qualify for the Kentucky Derby, among its three career successes. Improbable also includes three career wins, while Game Winner has never finished below second in a race.
Maximum Security, another horse with powerful early chances, has never lost a race and won the Xpressbet Florida Derby.
There are quite a few horses in a deep field that should be competitive from the Kentucky Derby, which may make this a difficult season for one to win the Triple Crown.
The principal question heading in the Kentucky Derby is this: Can any of the non-Baffert-trained horses beat his trio?
The forecast is yes. Omaha Beach will be the horse to beat and provide longtime trainer Mandella his first Kentucky Derby win.
Pick: Omaha Beach