Kentucky Derby Highlights U.S. Thoroughbred Racing
Even though it can be a little difficult to locate information at times, thoroughbred racing in the United States does still exist. With the first of the three Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby, jumping in just under a month’s time, horses and their connections are, excuse the expression, jockeying for a place in the field of runners for the May 7 race.
Exaggerator earned a spot in the field by winning the Santa Anita Derby in California on a muddy course, beating the favourite Mor Spirit by 6.5 lengths. Exaggerator is currently listed by the Vegas wise guys at 40/1, but that should change. Mor Spirit is 12/1 in futures betting.
Brody’s Cause also earned a spot by winning the Blue Grass at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky.
At Aqueduct racecourse in New York, Outwork won the Wood memorial to punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
All three races were $1 million events and horses that qualify for the Kentucky Derby will be chasing the $1.24 million first place prize with an eye on the bigger prize: follow-up wins in the Belmont Stakes and the Preakness Stakes to capture the Triple Crown.
Last year’s Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah did win the other two big races, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.