Our Top 5 Kentucky Derby Horses to Watch
We’re days away from the big race and folks are starting to pick their favorite horses for the Kentucky Derby. We’ve been reading up on which horses experts are keeping an eye on and thought we’d share!
5 Kentucky Derby Horses to Watch in 2019
Game Winner & Roadster, The Record Makers
Trainer Bob Baffert won the Triple Crown in 2015 and 2018. The last trainer to have two Triple Crown wins under his belt was J.E. Fitzsimmons with Gallant Fox in 1930 and Omaha in 1935. If one of Bob Baffert’s horses manages to win the Triple Crown in 2019, he’ll be a three time winner and will have accomplished something no other trainer has ever done before. The Los Angeles Times believes that of the three horses Bob is racing in the Derby, Roadster and Game Winner are the safest bets.
War of Will, A Strong Contender
The legendary Jody Demling has picked 9 of the past 10 Kentucky Derby winners and he thinks War of Will is a strong contender in 2019. War of Will is undoubtedly a winning horse. However at the Louisiana Derby, an awkward step early in the race caused both an injury and a 9th place finish. Since some bettors may be turned off by his performance, the odds may be beneficial to bettors willing to take the risk.
Tacitus, The Young Gun
Tacitus is a beautiful gray colt that’s a bit of an underdog in the race since he’s so new to racing. He only has a handful of races under his belt. However, he’s also won three straight races while also improving his speed figures each time. Bleacher Report suggests that Tacitus might be a horse worth taking a chance on.
Master Fencer, The Longest of Long Shots
According to a poll conducted by the Louisville Courier Journal, almost no one is expecting Master Fencer to win, but that may be because we don’t know much about him. Master Fencer is the first horse bred in Japan to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Master Fencer only ranked fourth in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby, but will be joining the Derby since the top three finishers declined their invitations. A fourth place finish firmly puts him in the long shot category, but if you believe in miracles, this might be the horse for you.
Want to read more about all of the other Kentucky Derby horses? Then check out this article by the Louisville Courier Journal. It breaks down why each horse can and can’t win the 2019 Kentucky Derby.
P.S. this post was written on April 29th at 5:00pm CST. Make sure you do your own research to ensure things haven’t changed!
Header Image from Bill Brine, edited by the PHC team.