Kentucky Derby 2018: Live Updates, Odds and Our Picks

Kentucky Derby 2018: Live Updates, Odds and Our Picks

With an extremely deep field and a favorite who did not race at age 2, a number of horses have a solid chance to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Will it be Justify, the undefeated Santa Anita Derby winner who is battling Apollo’s curse and currently at odds of 3-1? Or will it be his California-based foe Bolt d’Oro, now at 8-1? Maybe it’s My Boy Jack, whose odds on the sloppy dirt track at Churchill Downs have gone from 30-1 in the morning line to 5-1 by midafternoon? Stay here for live updates, odds and analysis from Louisville, Ky.:

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Morning-line favorite Justify warming up before the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Credit Charlie Riedel/Associated Press

How to watch: The race begins at 6:46 p.m. Eastern, but NBC’s broadcast started much earlier. You can stream it here.

Who will win? Five or six horses have strong shots. See our picks here.

Monomoy Girl Wins Kentucky Oats. A Sign of Things to Come?

Monomoy Girl, trained by Bradley Cox, who grew up a few blocks from Churchill Downs, and ridden by Florent Geroux, dug in to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks by a half-length on Saturday at Churchill Downs for Momomoy Stables.

Monomoy is run by the hedge fund executive Sol Kumin and is a co-owner of the Derby entrant My Boy Jack. Kumin has several successful partnerships, however, including Head of Plains Partners, a co-owner of the popular Derby picks Justify and Audible.

Here Are the Top Story Lines for the Kentucky Derby

• Todd Pletcher has four Derby entrants — Audible, Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso and Noble Indy — the sixth time he has had four or more running in a single Derby. When the gate opens, he will overtake D. Wayne Lukas, with whom he was tied at 48 for the most Derby starters.

• Some horses with a built-in rooting interest include Lone Sailor, who is owned by Gayle Benson, the wife of the New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson, who died on March 15, and Vino Rosso, who is co-owned by Vincent Viola, the owner of the N.H.L.’s Florida Panthers and last year’s Derby winner Always Dreaming.

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