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Trainer Baffert sees it all go right at Kentucky Derby

And noting that showers are in the forecast for Saturday's race, Thomas likes this horse even more if it rains.

That favorite, unraced at 2, was ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Baffert.

"He's a screamer", rival trainer Bob Baffert said.

The audiobook company Audible has a horse in the race this year, and it is named after them.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're going to go dust off the cocktail shakers.

"We're looking forward to having a great time this year".

The rest of the Kentucky derby odds include UAE Derby victor Mendelssohn (5-1), who can become the first European-trained horse to win the US event. Like Magnum Moon, he is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has experience winning at Churchill Downs.

Think about this: Hall of fame jockey John Velazquez had a chance to ride the Florida Derby champion Audible, but chose to try to win his second consecutive Kentucky Derby with Wood Memorial Champion Vino Rosso. The Ireland-based colt made his first appearance Thursday - drawing attention with his screeching - after spending the first part of the week in quarantine for Aidan O'Brien.

Mark Casse, 10 times Canada's top trainer, will chase his first Derby victory with Canadian-bred Flameaway. However, one can not ignore his dominating performance at the UAE Derby in Dubai, winning by 18.5 lengths in course record time.

If a bettor believes the pace will be costly to one or two of the Derby's heavy favorites, there's room to take a flyer on a late closer.

My Boy Jack moved up to the 5-1 second choice in early wagering Friday. The top victor from each night participates in a month-end finale for more spins and $250 in prize money. Justify will try to break the 135-year-old curse mentioned above. Below you'll find all the information on how to download and use a VPN to watch the race.

Despite Lukas's impressive Derby record, Contreras doesn't feel any pressure leading Bravazo into Saturday's race because he knows the horse will be ready to go. Jockeys want to avoid anything that would prevent their horse from getting into rhythm, like being bumped, cut off or blocked.

It's an incredibly talented field this year, with reasons to both love and doubt every horse entering the day with good odds.

Desperate to visit one of the farms during my time there, I found Claiborne Farm. And one of my favorite horses, Bolt D'Oro, comes out of the 11 hole and is next at 8-1.

Bolt d'Oro is sent to post by trainer Mick Ruiz, who has the horse of a lifetime. "We weren't sharp for that race", Ruis told SI.com.

Baffert's four victories are tied for second-most in Derby history. None of the others has won a Derby.

The inexperience factor that Thomas and Francesa discussed is due to the fact that Justify did not run a single race as a two year old, and has only one race over a mile in his career. Promises Fulfilled has never been headed at the first call in 5 lifetime starts, but his lackluster effort in the G1 Florida Derby may indicate that he is on the down side of a form cycle and will not last.

"It's fun to dress up, then cheer for a horse because of its silly name or the colorful silk of the jockey", Sarah Solsvig said. And with only three races under his belt, running in a packed field of 20 might be a bit new to him.

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