Omaha Beach Appears set to be the Favorite going into the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Richard Mandella-trained colt is on a three-race winning run and heads the betting less than a week out from the first leg of the Triple Crown:
Kentucky Derby Odds
Omaha Beach 3-1
Maximum Security 5-1
Game Winner 6-1
Code of Honor 14-1
By My Standards 20-1
War of Will 25-1
Win Win Win 30-1
Cutting Humor 40-1Long Range Toddy 60-1
Country House 80-1
Gray Magician 100-1
Master Fencer 100-1
Plus Que Parfait 100-1
Odds via SportsLine.
Tuesday’s post ranks draw may have an influence on the odds.
But most of the major contenders will still be well set to compete even if they’re drawn from the dreaded No. 17, which hasn’t made a winner.
Omaha Beach’s favouritism is pleasant. His career trajectory is on an upward curve with finished third on debut, prior to two second places and three successive wins.
Before this month, he prevailed at the Arkansas Derby, staying down the stretch to edge out Improbable, one of Bob Baffert’s three contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
In prep for the Run for the Roses, Omaha Beach has also looked excellent:Along with Improbable, Baffert also saddles Roadster and Game Winner as he looks to secure a third Derby victory in five years after Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015).
All three are among the favorites, but just Roadster goes into Saturday on the back of a triumph.
Improbable’s second at the Arkansas Derby was a second runners-up finish in a row after the colt started his career with three wins.
Game Winner had four wins in a row out of debut however, has also had back-to-back second places most recently.
Roadster, meanwhile, is in winning form after prevailing at the Santa Anita Derby back on April 6.