Angry White Dude: Here We Go Again
Well, well , well. Here it is again. Didn't we just go through this?
It's the week where anyone and everyone who's ever seen a picture of a race horse does their very best to try and get you to think they know everything there is to know about the sport of horse racing.
- They know the horses' name.
- They know the odds.
- They think they can read the racing form.
- They know which jockeys have been hot.
Yes, they know everything, because of course they follow horse racing year round!
Surrre they do.
The 143rd edition of the Kentucky Derby is upon us, so once again, some of the finest horses and jockeys in the world will compete at the famous Churchill Downs for their place in racing history this Sat 6 May.
Twenty horses will compete for the $2million purse, but get this: only one will be declared the winner.
There's a wide field of contenders this year, but the horse that just won't go away is Classic Empire, who has the best odds to win across the board.
Coming off a dramatic win at the 2017 Arkansas Derby just a couple weeks ago, there might not be a horse with more momentum than Classic Empire.
OK, so now you know that Classic Empire is one of the pre-race favorites.
Looking for a feelgood story for this Derby?
Gotta be the horse with one eye: Patch.
Thats right. Trainer Todd Pletcher had the 2-year-old colt's left eye removed last June due to an inflammation.
Damn! When I get an inflammation, I get drugs and ice!
Since the surgery, Patch has raced just a few times, finishing as the runner-up in last month’s Louisiana Derby.
Patch started at 40-1, so if you bet $2.00 to win on Patch then, you'll collect $80.00. But odds rise and fall as the dosh rolls in.
I'm sure you and all your friends know that. Don't they?
Here are the 20 horses that are ready to Run for the Roses, complete with their post assignments and odds at publishing:
The early favorites for the Kentucky Derby are:
Always Dreaming won the Grade 1 Florida Derby on Sat 1 Apr:
Lets not forget our favorite 2017 Kentucky Derby horse: Patch.
So now, you can rest assured that you know as much -- if not more -- than the know-it-alls who are posing in and around the Louisville area this weekend.