Eskendereya is the favorite in Kentucky Derby betting while Lookin at Lucky is the second choice.
Kentucky Derby odds normally have at least one Bob Baffert horse in the race. This year there are two. In addition to Lookin at Lucky, Baffert also will send Conveyance. Both had good workouts this past week. "Day One," Baffert said, "We're okay." Baffert won the Derby three times in a five year stretch, winning in 1997, 1998 and 2002. It has been eight years though since that last win. He may have a contender this time though in Lookin at Lucky. The horse went five furlongs in 1:01.20 while Conveyance went the same distance in 1:00.60. "Coming from the synthetics in California, they're not really used to the dirt, so it was good to see them work as well as they did," Baffert said. "They'll both work two more times." Lookin at Lucky will have the blinkers off for the Derby. He has had troubled trips in his last two starts so perhaps taking the blinkers off will help.
While Lookin at Lucky is the second choice in Kentucky Derby odds, it could be Conveyance that leads the race on Saturday, May 1st. The horse is a flat out speed horse and Baffert intends to let him go. We didn't really let him run the way he likes at Sunland, but that's not going to happen in the Derby. We're not going to grab him. He's more like the War Emblem type," "the kind of horse you've just got to let him run."
Last week was a popular week for Derby workouts. Ice Box worked on Friday while Jackson Bend worked on Thursday. Jackson Bend needs someone to drop out if he is to get into the 20 horse Kentucky Derby betting field. Jackson Bend is the bubble horse at #21 in graded earnings. Noble’s Promise might have been the horse to drop out but he has looked good since running in the Arkansas Derby. “We vanned him down from Lexington to Churchill very early this morning, and he settled in real nice," trainer Ken McPeek said, "He jogged a mile and galloped a mile at about 9, no problems at all.”
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