The two horses won key prep races this past weekend and are now part of the field in Kentucky Derby odds. Line of David won the $1 million Arkansas Derby by a neck on Saturday at Hot Springs while Stately Victor won in an upset in the Blue Grass.
Kentucky Derby betting will list Line of David and Stately Victor as longshots on Saturday, May 1st. Line of David won’t even be getting the most attention in the barn of John Sadler because the trainer has Sidney’s Candy in the Derby. Super Saver was expected to win the Arkansas Derby but the Todd Pletcher trained horse finished second while Dublin finished third.
The Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday was another shocker as Stately Victor won at 40-1. He beat Paddy O’Prado by over four lengths while First Dude finished third. Stately Victor is co-owned by U.S. Senate candidate Jack Conway. The horse had only one win in seven career starts before Saturday.
"I've been walking on pillows here for the last 30 minutes," Jack Conway said. The horse paid $82.20, $30.40 and $12.80, the largest payoff in the Blue Grass Stakes history. The race was supposed to be a battle between Derby hopefuls Interactif, Odysseus and Pleasant Prince. Interactif looks to be on the odds board in Kentucky Derby betting but Odysseus and Pleasant Prince may not make the field due to their earnings.
Stately Victor will probably get more attention in Kentucky Derby odds than he deserves simply because he is a homegrown favorite. The Conways have been in horse racing a long time and fans in Kentucky will be pulling for them. "Derby week just got a heck of a lot busier," the younger Conway said. "If I miss a chicken dinner on Tuesday or Thursday night of Derby week, I hope they understand I'm with my dad at a very special moment." Paddy O’Prado will probably now go to the Derby after his second place finish behind Stately Victor.
The prep races this past weekend really did not affect the early Derby odds. Eskendereya is still the solid favorite at about 2-1 followed by Lookin at Lucky and Sidney’s Candy. All of the other horses in the field are likely to go off at double-digit odds.