It is officially Derby week and the list of potential 2016 Kentucky Derby entries has dwindled to 30. And the latest betting odds release from Bovada.lv is still favoring Nyquist to win the 142nd Run for the Roses. A close second to Nyquist is Mohaymen at +450 odds and Exaggerator sits third on the offshore bookmaker’s Derby board with a +500 line ($100 wins $500).
Nyquist is a veteran of seven races and the Uncle Mo sired colt has yet to taste defeat. Not only does it own an unblemished record, four of its wins were Grade 1 affairs, including the 1 1/8 miles Florida Derby.
Nyquist also won the Del Mar Futurity, FrontRunner Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The colt is trained by Doug F. O’Neill, who is seeking his second Derby victory having won the first leg of the Triple Crown Series in 2012 with I’ll Have Another.
Moheyman, the offspring of Tapit and filly Justwhistledixie, was a perfect 5-for-5 entering the April 2 Florida Derby, but he took fourth in the prestigious Derby prepper, finishing behind Nyquist, Majesto (+5000) and Fellowship (+6000).
Exaggerator will enter Saturday’s race as the most seasoned runner, having tested his mettle in nine events. Since taking fifth in his maiden race, the son of Curlin has notched four victories, two second place finishes, a third place run and a fourth place run. The colt bolstered his Derby stock on April 9, winning the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.
Also drawing some Derby consideration are Gun Runner and Mor Spirit. The former, a Candy Ride sired colt trained by Steve Asmussen, is getting +600 odds to win the 2016 Kentucky Derby while Mor Spirit, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s only Derby runner, is lined at +700 odds.
The 2016 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Post time is set at 6:34pm ET; coverage of the race will be provided by NBC.
2016 Kentucky Derby Entries & Betting Odds: Horse Racing Odds Provided by Bovada.lv
Gun Runner +600
Mor Spirit +700
Brody’s Cause +1600
Danzing Candy +2000
My Man Sam +2000
Mo Tom +2200
Trojan Nation +4000
Cherry Wine +5000
Tom’s Ready +5000
Oscar Nominated +6000
Dazzling Gem +6500
Star Hill +8500
Unbridaled Outlaw +8500