Omaha Beach out of the Derby – Who’s the Favorite Now?

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach, the morning line favorite for the Kentucky Derby, was scratched today, after trainer Richard Mandella discovered the colt had an entrapped epiglottis. An entrapped epiglottis occurs when a fold of tissue called the aryepiglottic fold becomes stuck and blocks the epiglottis, which covers the horse’s larynx to prevent food from going down the […]

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Justify breaks Apollo’s Curse with Derby Win

Justify wins the Kentucky Derby

Justify, the impressive Bob Baffert trained colt, remains undefeated AND beat Apollo’s curse. He is   the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby in 135 years without having raced as a 2-year old. The big chestnut colt delivered a definitive win 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Good Magic. Particularly noticeable is how clean Justify’s face […]

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Who will win the 2018 Kentucky Derby?

Derby Roses

Speculation over who will win this year’s Kentucky Derby is hitting a new high as betters try to figure out whether one of the two favorites, Justify and Magnum Moon might break the so-called “Curse of Apollo,” and win the Kentucky Derby without racing as two year-olds. Both colts are undefeated, with wins at some […]

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Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and the Kentucky Derby

Derby Start

Every day the news reports different ways to pick your Derby winner. To a large degree past performance predicts future performance. According to an article by Neil Greenberg in the Washington Post, the past seven winners of the Kentucky Derby won their prep race, and 41 of the past 42 winners were either in the […]

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Will Justify or Magnum Moon End Apollo’s Curse?


Along with other Derby lore, such as the benefits of different post positions, is the Curse of Apollo. Although it sounds rather deadly, it refers to the fact that Apollo, who won the 1882 Kentucky Derby, is the only horse to have won the Derby without racing as a 2 year old. The Derby has […]

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Does Post Position Matter for the Kentucky Derby?

Every year the Derby trainers wait with bated breath to find out what post position their horse has drawn for the most important race in their three-year old lives. Post position may impact betting odds but does it actually impact race results? Conventional wisdom is that post position 1 (which for many years yielded the […]

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