KENTUCKY DERBY FAVORITES – 2018 KENTUCKY DERBY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

In this years 144th Kentucky Derby, Justify will be the fan favorite, trained by Bob Baffert. Then we have Good Magic, Audible, My Boy Jack and Bolt d’Oro rounding out the top 5 Kentucky Derby Favorites according to the odds makers.

The rain is significant and we’ll see just how much this effects the track conditions.

The 2018 Kentucky Derby will have 20 horses racing from the starting gate. 14 in the main gate and the remaining 6 horses will leave from an extension.

The field of 20 horses received their post positions on Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs, with Blended Citizen making the field as an “also eligible.”

Fan-favorite Audible, is in the fifth post, which historically has been extremely friendly to horses.

One of Todd Fletcher’s four horses in this race, Audible has had decent odds and probably the best chance of perhaps beating Justify on Saturday May 5th, 2018.

It’s Cinco De Mayo… What better way to celebrate than with the Kentucky Derby 2018!!

Odds on all the horses at the top will continue to change as we get closer to race time.

According to CBS Sports Lone Sailor, the horse of late Saints’ owner Tom Benson drew the No. 8 post. Current Saints’ owner Gayle Benson will reportedly be in attendance to watch Lone Sailor between Pelicans playoff games.

Longtime Sports Radio and TV Personality Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg thinks Justify having post 7 position in the line up makes him the favorite for speed out of the gate telling everyone “there’s no speed around him… he’s going to have tactical speed.”

Mike Smith jockey on Justify will be in a great position to win.

Bolt d’Oro and Combatant are in Hank Golberg’s mind two horses that could finish 1 and 2 while Combatant has been set as a long shot at 50-1, in some places 75-1. Both are West Coast horses and start from the main gate.

Who’s your favorite horse to win?

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Updates After The 144th Kentucky Derby…

List of Odds On Horses Running In The Kentucky Derby, Their Starting Position & How They Finished:

POST HORSE ODDS // FINISHED
1 Firenze Fire 59-1 // F#11
2 Free Drop Billy 43-1 // F#16
3 Promises Fulfilled 47-1 // F#15
4 Flameaway 43-1 // F#13
5 Audible 6-1 // F#3
6 Good Magic 9-1 // F#2
7 Justify 3-1 // F#1
8 Lone Sailor 23-1 // F#8
9 Hofburg 27-1 // F#7
10 My Boy Jack 5-1 // F#5
11 Bolt d’Oro 8-1 // F#12
12 Enticed 54-1 // F#14
13 Bravazo 69-1 // F#6
14 Mendelssohn 7-1 // F#20
15 Instilled Regard 94-1 // F#4
16 Magnum Moon 13-1 // F#19
17 Solomini 66-1 // F#10
18 Vino Rosso 14-1 // F#9
19 Noble Indy 59-1 // F#17
20 Combatant 75-1 // F#18

KENTUCKY DERBY – 2 TIME WINNER MIKE SMITH ON JUSTIFY IN 2018

Justify wins! Hall Of Fame Jockey Mike Smith, now a 2 time Kentucky Derby winner says “that might have been the easiest Kentucky Derby I’ve ever won” as he completes his victory lap slowing his horse Justify down to a trot just after the race had ended.

There were high fives all around and people hugging as the cameras turned to Bob Baffert, Justify’s trainer who was very excited.

As a trainer Baffert purposely did not race young Justify as a 2 year old. That means now the 136 year “curse of the un-raced 2 year old” winning the Kentucky Derby is over. This “curse” had commonly been discussed by every major sports and news network leading up to this amazing race, which some call the Kentucky Derby “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”

Kentucky Derby goers witnessed Justify take the win even though he was not leading until after the half mile mark. Kentucky Derby winner Mike Smith who road Justify over the wire with an amazingly strong finish said he wasn’t trying to ask too much too early from Justify and he “just wanted to keep him out of getting boxed in” and prevent getting a bunch of mud in the face of the horse as commonly happens to some of the horses in the back of the pack.

In this 144th Kentucky Derby the track conditions were certainly rained out pretty good but the fan favorite and odds makers best pick ended up being victorious despite the rain.

Jockey Mike Smith said “he stayed strong, we got a clean break” Justify stayed out clean of the mud in his face and when the time was right they went for it.

Coming into the final turn with a nice lead Mike Smith and Justify cruised to the win at a fast pace just as CBS Sports Analyst Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg said, “he could have tactical speed” and he did!

 

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Kentucky Derby 2018 related info: Mendelssohn did not arrive until just 2 days before the race at Churchill Downs happening on Cinco De Mayo. In an interview with CBS Sports, Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg stated he would have never considered the horse to have a chance to win after such a late arrival. He suggests that European trainers “have to learn” any horse competing in an event as big as the Kentucky Derby should be practicing in Churchill Downs weeks before the most exciting 2 minutes in sports happens, certainly not limit their training stateside to only 1 day after arrival.

Mendelssohn went off with 7-1 odds mainly because he actually won his last first place finish by 18 lengths in Dubai. Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg was spot on in his judgement and professed the clear outcome days before the race. Churchill Downs is a magnificent place to set your sights on finely dressed ladies and gentlemen, mighty horses racing and incredibly breathtaking views at Churchill Downs home of the Kentucky Derby. After 144 years running, the “most exciting two minutes in sports”will continue to be a staple of wildly popular sporting events, rain or shine, there’s nothing quite like the Kentucky Derby.

MARCH MADNESS: UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY BASKETBALL

Even in March Madness the University of Kentucky Basketball team did an outstanding job! Let’s not forget UK Wildcats Men’s Basketball won the SEC Championship over Tennessee right before March Madness Men’s Basketball tournament began.

MARCH MADNESS FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY BASKETBALL TEAM

Winning the SEC Championship 2018 was great. And then of course it was on to March Madness. University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball team played well in game 1 winning against Davidson. Coming away with a 78 – 73 win. Then the University of Kentucky Basketball team steamrolled over Buffalo by 20 points in round 2 of March Madness.

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL

That left University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball playing Kansas State in the Sweet Sixteen. It was a tough loss to get knocked out but University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball played well this season. We had 24 wins and some great games. Coach John Calipari said in a press conference afterward “Congratulations to Kansas State, they played well… We had our chance to win.” He went on to say he was proud of his guys. He put the responsibility on his shoulders that he could have “called a time out with 19 seconds left but they had worked on something and thought they could catch them off guard.” University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball coach went on to express that it was interesting to see how these players developed. On the backside of this loss for you and I, there is a bright side… Just as John Calipari said “we played a lot of Freshman.”

The beautiful part is we did play a lot of them and that means plenty of guys coming back next year to play UK Men’s Basketballnext season at University of Kentucky Basketball where we will always remain Winners of the SEC Championship 2018 even if we lost in March Madness.

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What could next year’s March Madness hold in store for University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

University of Kentucky Basketball averaged a staggering 38.6 in rebounds during the season with their opponents only hitting the mid 33.5 mark. UK Wildcat Basketball had more turnovers than their opponents but they also had more points from turnovers which goes to show when you play with risk that creates opportunity for great points scored in turnover situations.

UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY MEN’S BASKETBALL – UK WILDCATS

UK Wildcats Men’s Basketball had more blocks over their opponents, 176 – 134 which again speaks to good defense. We also averaged more points scored per game this season by 6.6 over the competition. Oddsmakers opened up with University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball as the favorite with a spread of 5.5 points to win over Kansas State. The night before the game it got down to a 3 point favor over KS… UK Coach John Calipari said “they played the kind of game, a physical game and did what they had to do and shot 35% and won a basketball game.”

He was proud of our team and so are we! Tell us what you love about University of Kentucky Basketball?

CHRISTIAN BROOKS FINISHES ROOKIE SEASON IN 5TH PLACE

When we last checked on MB2 Motorsports driver Christian Brooks, the Santa Clarita, CA native was buzzing along in his first season in the series, having made the jump from karting to the thrilling short-format hybrid racing.

Brooks entered the final four events of the season in a pretty comfortable 5th place in the standings. While he was a considerable distance behind the fourth place driver, he also had a pretty sizeable lead on sixth, and was not under much threat of losing the spot so long as he continued to perform consistently.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

The series moved to Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Brooks won his first heat in the series, taking the checkered flag in Heat 2B with a lead of 1.4 seconds over the series leader Cabot Bigham. The win automatically propelled him into the event final, which unfortunately went downhill quickly, and he was forced to retire after just three laps and finish ninth of ten drivers.

SEATTLE, WA

Moving back to the west coast, Brooks took pretty well to the wet and muddy track at Seattle’s Evergreen Speedway. After posting the fourth-best time in the qualifying round, Brooks narrowly missed out on his second heat win of the season, finishing second in Heat 2A. Once again no longer needing the last chance qualifier (LCQ), Brooks headed to the final where once again he was forced out early, making it only four laps before exiting after hard contact in Turn 2.

LOS ANGELES, CA

The final two races of the season took place at the Port of Los Angeles over two days. On Saturday, Brooks came out charged and hungry, driving in his hometown race in front of family and friends. Brooks took third place in his second heat, avoiding the need for the last chance qualifier race for the third consecutive event. This time, Brooks made it through the main event, and unfortunately fell just over a second shy of his first podium of the season, narrowly losing out to Cabot Bigham by just over a second.

Sunday’s event saw Brooks once again start off well, claiming second place in his first heat and third place in his second one to avoid the LCQ for the fourth straight event. However, like Atlantic City and Seattle, Brooks once again was involved in a crash early, and completed just two laps before retiring and settling for an eighth place finish.

The results were good enough to seal his spot in fifth place in the overall points standings, however. A top-five finish in the series as a rookie is no small feat. Brooks will now head off to the 2016 Rotax Grand Finals in Sarno, Italy, where he will once again get behind the wheel of a go-kart and attempt to bring home one of the most prestigious trophies in the sport of kart racing.

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