With this year’s Kentucky Derby a little over two months away—May 3—here are 10 things to know about this year’s Triple Crown series.
1) The penultimate Kentucky Derby future wager closes Saturday at 4:17 pm, post time for the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, New York. The race carried a total of 85 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby: 50 points to the winner, 20 to the second-place finisher, 10 to the third, 5 to the fourth. The current favorite in the future pool is “all other 3-year-olds” at odds of 2-1. The current co-favorite individual betting choices are Honor Code and Candy Boy at 11-1. Honor Code is trained by Claude “Shug” McGaughey, who trained last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Orb.
You can wager online by opening an advance deposit wagering account (ADW) if it’s legal in your state; two popular ADWs are TwinSpires and NYRA Rewards. The latter open to New York State residents only and features a “Bet $100, Get $100” promotion.
2) Cairo Prince, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, sits at #8 in the Kentucky Derby points standings and is 13-1 in the future pool. It was announced Friday that Darley Stable, owned by Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed, had purchased a majority interest in Cairo Prince. The horse has won of three of four lifetime starts, most recently in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 25; he finished second by a nose in his only loss last November. He’s expected to run next in the Florida Derby on March 29. Cairo Prince was purchased at auction for $250,000 as a yearling.
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