Kentucky Derby 2017 betting odds after post draw; weather forecast; expert trifecta picks, and more: Derby roundup
The 2017 Kentucky Derby post position draw was held Wednesday at Churchill Downs, and it was followed by the release of the first morning line. Classic Empire opened as a 4-to-1 favorite from the 14th post, while McCraken and Always Dreaming were 5-to-1 shots from the 15th and 5th positions, respectively.
Irish War Cry also opened among the Kentucky Derby favorites with 6-to-1 odds and a spot in the 17th gate. Complete race odds can be found here.
WHAS-TV has a good look at the latest weather forecast for the weekend, which feature scattered light rain showers that could linger into the first half of Kentucky Derby Day.
Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation offered a rundown of the Kentucky Derby’s post draw with a positive, negative or neutral notation for each horse. It’s worth noting, according to Zipse, that Lookin at Lee “might be the least affected by the unwanted [No. 1] post” because of the horse’s preference to drop back in the pack.
Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post also analyzed the Kentucky Derby field after the post position draw. He offered quick snippets on each horse along with Beyer Speed Figures.
America’s Best Racing looks at how to use stats to select the 2017 Kentucky Derby winner and came away picking a chalk favorite.
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PennLive’s Greg Pickel also has a good look at the long process of qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.
Forbes again tracked down thoughts from “The Bluegrass Wise Man” after the position draw about what the posts mean and called the No. 1 draw “terrible.” That could be bad news for Lookin at Lee, a 20-to-1 shot.
John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader has more on Kentucky Derby favorite Classic Empire, saying the horse is primed to be ‘great,’ if he feels like running. “The horse wasn’t himself” for a stretch, trainer Mark Casse told the Herald-Leader, but added he’s “ready” now.
The Derby post position draw offered clarity on the field and came with an updated morning line. It also put trainers’ nerves to rest, Clay writes.
Horse Racing Nation has the latest from morning training at Churchill Downs, including updates on Always Dreaming, who exercise rider says Nick Bush is “where we want him.” Trainer Todd A. Pletcher was OK with the colt’s post draw at No. 5, citing a Florida Derby win from the No. 4 position.
Horse Racing Nation also filmed another episode of “HorseCenter” to break down the draw, shared their exacta and trifecta picks and their recommendations for a Kentucky Oaks/Derby Daily Double. Check out that video below.