Kentucky Derby Predictions 2015
The first and most prestigious leg of the Triple Crown Series, the Kentucky Derby, is a mere week away and the horse racing odds makers are holding on to American Pharoah as the top pick to win the 1 1/4-miles event. Bovada.lv’s latest round of Kentucky Derby Predictions 2015 has the Pioneerof The Nile sired colt listed as a 5 to 2 favorite while Dortmund is getting 4 to 1 odds as a clear second choice. Completing the bookmaker’s top three Kentucky Derby picks is Blue Grass Stakes winner Carpe Diem at 13 to 2 odds.
American Pharoah has captured the attention of the horse racing community, but it remains to be seen if the colt can win its way into the hearts of the general public. A dominating performance at Churchill Downs next Saturday would do the trick.
Fortunately for trainer Bob Baffert and owner Zayat Stables, American Pharoah has been all about dominating performances since losing its inaugural race. The colt is 4-0 in its last four outings, producing three Grade 1 victories, including the Arkansas Derby, and it won all of them with ease.
Conversely, Dortmund, which is also trained by Baffert, has found himself in a couple of fights, most notably in the Los Alamitos Futurity last December. The Big Brown sired colt has, nonetheless, remained undefeated, going 6-0 in six starts.
Dortmund last raced at the Santa Anita Derby on April 4 where he navigated the 1 1/8 miles track in a time of 1:48.73.
Carpe Diem, like American Pharoah, has four wins in five starts and three of them came in Grade 1 events. The Giant’s Causeway colt is 2-0 this year with Tampa Bay Derby and Blue Grass Stakes wins.
Also drawing reasonably strong consideration in next weekend’s 141st Kentucky Derby are Mubtaahij and Materiality. Mubtaahij, a veteran of eight races, has won four of his last five starts, including the UAE Derby. Materiality, another Pletcher colt, is 3-0 in three starts and coming off a win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.
American Pharoah 5/2
Carpe Diem 13/2
International Star 16/1
Firing Line 18/1
El Kabeir 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Danzig Moon 40/1
Keen Ice 40/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 40/1
Mr Z 50/1
Ocean Knight 75/1