The 1st Leg of the Triple Crown | The Kentucky Derby

By Ray Nelson

As the Triple Crown season of horse racing is just around the corner, it’s time to review the 1st leg/race of the 3 races for this event, which takes place this coming Saturday the 6th of May 2017, being the Kentucky Derby which is held at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Kentucky for the 143rd running of this event.

The norm for this race is that there will be a full field of some 20 horses and the final selection will be announced on Wednesday the 3rd of May 2017. At that time when the entries are announced they will also be assigned the post starting positions for the race. This will be the 5th straight racing year that selections will have been determined by prep races that were previously designated by the racing commission which assign the top 20 horses their spot for the start.

Many ask about the selection system which is tiled the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and the horse’s who participate and accumulate the most points in the selected races determines what horses earn a starting position for this May 6th race. All together this season there are some 35 different races all around the USA and the Globe.

This 2017 Kentucky Derby race will include a Arabian owned horse Thunder Snow will race in this Derby on Saturday as it owners seek a win in this most famous America Horse race, and it will be their 9th attempt. To date their best race was a 4th place finish in 2015. Their

So horse racing fans it’s time we take a look at the early favorites for this 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. Yes, this year we have some great 3 year old horses that are ready to win this 1st leg of the Triple Crown of 2017.

The top 2 favorites to excel in this Derby race are Classic Empire and Always Dreaming with both horses supporting the same odds for this race. Since they both share the favorite odds, Classic Empire is a 3 year old Colt that has run a lot of races at various track and seeks to take the 1st leg of this Triple Crown event. Back in April Classic Empire left the field behind and finished 1st at the Arkansas Derby a Grade 1 race, and has also showed in six of the 7 races of which 3 were Graded Stakes races that Classic Empire won.

Then we have Always Dreaming who could give Trainer Fletcher a chance of winning a 2nd Kentucky Derby Title. So far this racing season he has showed in 4 races and has won 2 of those races, one in a Graded Stakes race and the other at Gulfstream in a Allowance race. Both Always Dreaming and Classic Empire share +300 odds to win this 2017 Kentucky Derby.

Another early favorite, and considered at +1000 odds a sleeper, is Gormley who won a race at Santa Anita this season, and won 4 of his 6 races to date. Plus, his jockey will be V, Espinoza, one of the best, who will seek his 4th Derby win.

Then we can’t overlook Royal Mo at odds of +4,000 to take the Kentucky Derby and has not accumulated the same amount of interest as the other entrants, because of his lack of experience. However, at the a Grade 3 stakes race he beat Irap whom is also a Derby entrant and who’s early odds are at +800.

So, racing fans the race is this Saturday, and many experts are favoring Classic Empire to win this 2017 Kentucky Derby event, so make your selections and come visit us at for your wagering necessities.

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