Kentucky Derby 2017 odds and predictions; Gunnevera could be ‘ready to pounce,’ and more: Derby roundup
The 2017 Kentucky Derby field will continue to take shape this week with the announcement of post positions, which will happen Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs. Those positions have a chance to alter Derby week betting odds with Classic Empire and Always Dreaming currently penciled in as the race’s co-favorites with 4-to-1 odds.
But the 2017 Kentucky Derby field is wide open and has a chance for surprises to emerge from the middle of the pack. Always Dreaming is the favorite to watch as an “aggressive and strong colt,” but watch Irap at 28-to-1 odds as a darkhorse, writes handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com for Forbes.
Always Dreaming was “a lot more relaxed” in his Tuesday workout at Churchill Downs, his exercise rider, Daragh O’Donohue told Horse Racing Nation. That’s just one of many notes prepared from the track in advance of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Tim Sullivan of the Louisville Courier-Journal has more on Always Dreaming’s “restless buildup” to the Kentucky Derby.
Looking for speed figures for the 2017 Kentucky Derby? HorseRacingNation.com has you covered with a look at the fastest horses in the field.
Irish War Cry, Girvin and Gunnevera are among the five horses to watch in the Kentucky Derby, according to Associated Press writer Beth Harris. Gunnevera is “a closer ready to pounce if he gets set up by a strong early pace,” Harris writes.
Not to be forgotten, McCraken is among three horses heating up in advance of the Kentucky Derby, according to Mike Curry of America’s Best Racing. The horse has “dazzled” in regular gallops at Churchill Downs, Curry writes. Irish War Cry and Hence are two other horses Curry believes are trending up.
Patch is currently listed as a 40-to-1 shot in early odds compiled by Bovada, but he has a story to tell. Jared Peck of the Lexington Herald-Leader goes into the details of the one-eyed horse who “doesn’t need your sympathy.”
Horse Racing Nation has the opening odds and post positions for the 2017 Kentucky Oaks, which will be run Friday evening. Paradise Roads with jockey Flavien Prat opens as a 5-to-2 favorite, followed by Miss Sky Warrior (9/2) and Abel Tasman (5/1).