Kentucky Derby 2017: Trifecta thoughts, bettors guide, and expert picks ahead of Saturday’s “Run for the Roses”
Exercise rider Martin Rivera gallops Kentucky Derby entrant Classic Empire at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. The Kentucky Derby horse race is set for Saturday, May 6. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
BY Sarah Cordek | Special to PennLive
The wealth of talent in the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field can sometimes be overwhelming, because although it only takes two minutes to clear up the picture, this year is shaping up to be a good, if difficult, one to handicap.
Any of ten horses look poised to take home the roses, and the morning line odds reflect that, as four horses, Always Dreaming, Classic Empire, McCraken, Gunnervera, and Irish War Cry are all about 6-1 or better. With so much talent to choose from, it’s a bettor’s derby as the odds aren’t likely to drop significantly on any one horse.
Post time is scheduled for just after 6:30 p.m., and NBC will televise the race. Coverage actually starts at 2:30 p.m. on that network to air all of the undercard raises leading up to the 143rd running of the “Run for the Roses” from iconic Churchill Downs in Lexington, Ky.,
Who will win? And who could hit the board? There are many factors in play, from speed to pedigree and just about anything in between.
They’re broken down below, before an eventual winner is selected along with some horses to play underneath in the place and show positions.