Early Kentucky Derby favorite Justify draws No

Todd Pletcher

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The pace of the Derby should be dictated by Promises Fulfilled, a Dale Romans trainee.

Reasons to be wary: First, he's never faced a field like this.

Flameaway needs to be up close, but his speed figures don't indicate that he will be there at the end.

Yet, if handicappers believe the Curse of Apollo and the Curse of Storm Cat will endure Saturday, most will likely settle on either Good Magic, the champion 2-year-old champion of 2017 who won the Blue Grass last time out, or Bolt d'Oro, a multiple Grade 1 victor who finished second behind Justify in the Santa Anita Derby. Magnum Moon drew post 13, with the other three in the auxiliary gate (posts 15-20). Noble Indy will be there early but I question his ability at the classic distance.

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Take a look below as we break down what you need to know about the favorites before placing your bets on this year's Kentucky Derby. He will have the services of the best money rider in the country, Mike Smith, and will try to take another step forward in career start number 4.

The hold up, of course is the well-publicized "curse of Apollo" that he'll have to overcome. Well you are partially correct it is the Kentucky Derby weekend and that is the star of the show. Besides that tidbit, Justify will be a tough horse to beat and will deserve the post time favoritism. On the surface this seems great but let's dig a little deeper.

Rayya - 12-1 Morning Line - She has been a silent horse because she has done all of her racing at Meydan in the UAE in those 5-lifetime races she has won twice and finished 2nd 3 times.

The field features a few distinguishable favorites, but no lone horse enters Saturday as the overwhelming choice to seize the Triple Crown's first leg.

This year's overstuffed starting gate of 20 is one of the most talented crop of three-year-olds in many a Derby. Broke her maiden and has won 3 of her last 4 races, I will be on this horse for a shocking upset. "Whether or not it's good enough to win the race, whether or not he gets some racing luck, remains to be seen, but I'm very, very confident", Brown said. That led quickly to the Florida Derby, where he finished a best-of-the-rest second to Audible.

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Magnum Moon is another horse who did not race as a two-year-old.

I like Justify, and not just because I have him at 40-1 in the future book.

"We have a really good horse, but there are really good horses out there this year", Justify's trainer Bob Baffert said.

Solomini, Justify's stablemate, Enticed, Bolt d'Oro, Instilled Regard and Firenze Fire also got their first gallops in on the track Tuesday. While Magnum Moon and Audible come in toward the top of the odds list, Vino Rosso is being overlooked despite the fact that he was jockey Johnny Velasquez's choice of Pletcher's four entrants. At $2 a pop, this is a $30 ticket.

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