Kentucky Derby Picks: 5 Live Longshots

by: Rich Bieglmeier

The field is mostly set with the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby GPS reading end of the route. The top 20 leaderboard is final, and the four Alternate Entries stand ready should they get a racing silk and gate number in the event of scratch(es).

Oddsmaker William Hill has set the early 2019 Kentucky Derby lines with OMAHA BEACH as the 7/2 pre-race favorite followed by GAME WINNER 5-1, ROADSTER 6-1, IMPROBABLE and TACITUS both listed at 8-1, and MAXIMUM SECURITY at 9-1 filling out the top six early favorites.

All the talk between here and when the gates at Churchill Downs on May 4th will be focused on which horse has what it takes to win the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, and if any have Triple Crown potential. We’ll answer the second question first; no, we don’t believe 2019 will have a Triple Crown winner.

If anything, the prep races showed that there isn’t much difference between the top contenders. A bump here, a slow start there, traffic over there, a rainy day and wet track … small difficulties are all it might take for the second, or third, or other than the “best horse” to find the winners’ circle and a blanket of roses. It’s wash, rinse, and repeat at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

As for the first question, “which horse has what it takes to win the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby?” We’ll answer that question with a series of follow-up profiles for the top contenders according to their pre-race odds. Today, our focus in on the longshots, horses with odds of more than 10-1 that have a chance to hit the board, maybe even win, and enhance winning exotic tickets.

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