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Kentucky Derby: Why an Amazon company is backing a contender

04 May, 2018, 14:28 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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The 144th Kentucky Derby starts this year's Triple Crown racing season, and the only time it can truly be topped is when the victor of the Run for the Roses also takes the Preakness, and attention shifts to the Belmont Stakes for a potential Triple Crown victor. The minimum bet was $5. "So we'll just keep our fingers crossed until Saturday afternoon and hope for the best for everybody".

Apollo isn't among the 19 names programmed to clash with Justify in the 144th Run for the Roses, but he has been the second-most talked about horse during Derby Week at Churchill Downs.

Last year, the first Derby Day at the Quality Inn after years at Gallagher's Dining & Pub, filled the lounge and the neighboring restaurant and had prospective bettors lined out the door.

"Those two minutes and a second or so of derby running carry more emotional thrills, per second, than anything sport can show". After becoming only the sixth horse to win the Derby with an unbeaten record, Barbaro looked like he could be on the way to the Triple Crown when disaster struck in the Preakness Stakes two weeks later - he shattered his leg shortly after getting out of the starting gates.

"It's that time of year where people want to get outside and dress up in their spring and summer dresses", said Amanda Duplantis, chairwoman for the JLCS derby party.

So he's ranked 20th out of a field of 20.

Returning from the desert, Mendelssohn completed his Derby preparations at the famed Ballydolyle training center in County Tipperary. Breeding formulas. For a while, all we talked about was bloodlines and "dosage".

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The second choice is 5-1 Mendelssohn, an Ireland-based horse that will try to become the first from Europe to win the Kentucky Derby. Then Barbaro came along.

"This is as good as he's ever worked", Brown said. "You reflect and say maybe if it's not this year, maybe next year, but there no guarantees there will be a next year". Romans said. "But if Curlin couldn't do it, it's going to be hard for anybody to do it". Unraced at age 2, the striking colt has just three career starts, all victories.

He'll watch four at a time Saturday, and he said: "It's actually a little more complicated, watching it". He thinks there's something to that history. Yet, while Justify is in his "rookie year", as he didn't race as a 2-year-old, Mendelssohn has an impressive resume of some major wins.

"Audible is not our horse, but we always love a great story, as do our millions of listeners, and we couldn't pass up this unique opportunity to be part of Audible's story", a representative for the audio book app told FOX Business. Jason Dady's Range, The Modernist, The Rustic, and Hotel Emma's Sternewirth have already announced they will feature the cocktail as a special during the race, so grab your flounciest hat.

Pletcher says it's only a matter of time until the curse ends.

"This year there was about 22,000 foals born and 20 of them make theDerby, so if you can have one in there, you're more or less famous", Pletcher said. Rather, many of them compete in the Kentucky Oaks. Ultimately, at some point, talent will prevail. Sassy Sienna will begin on the rail at 15-1 but could set the early pace in the 14-horse field that includes 5-2 second choice Midnight Bisou, victor of three in a row. "There's only one way to find out".

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