Kentucky Derby 137: A look at the contenders

Churchill Downs logoThe 137th running of the Kentucky Derby goes on Saturday and is expected to have a field of 19 horses at the post (6:24 p.m. ET, NBC).

Many people expect a wide-open race this year with a number of horses having a chance to win. Here is a look at the leading contenders:

Dialed In: 3.5-1
The current favorite at to win the Kentucky Derby is Dialed In. The Nick Zito-trained horse won the Florida Derby but it was not an impressive win. There are some concerns that the horse may not be good enough to win the Derby but he is still the favorite at the moment.

Uncle Mo: 4-1
It really appeared that Uncle Mo would be a huge favorite in the Derby, but then he finished third in the Wood Memorial and everyone jumped off the bandwagon. Some people are jumping back on board but not enough for the horse to be a big favorite. The horse seems to have recovered from a gastrointestinal infection just fine but there are some questions as to whether he can handle the distance of the Derby.

Nehro: 8-1
The horse seems to be the chic pick in the Derby. Yet, this hot paddock pick almost never wins the race. People like that he closed well in the Arkansas Derby, but at 8-1 he is overrated.

Archarcharch: 10-1
This is a horse that has talent and that will be a sentimental pick with trainer Jinks Fires and jockey Jon Court in their first Kentucky Derby.

Mucho Macho Man: 13.5-1
Finished third in the Louisiana Derby but is an unlikely winner of the Kentucky Derby with a trainer in Kathy Ritvo and a jockey in Rajiv Maragh, who do not have experience in big races.

Soldat: 14-1
The horse was fifth in the Florida Derby and with his pedigree loaded with speed instead of distance; the horse may be overvalued at 14-1.

Master of Hounds: 15-1
The one European invader will get Garrett Gomez to ride.

Toby’s Corner: 15-1
The winner of the Wood is not getting nearly enough attention as he is trained by Graham Motion.

Midnight Interlude: 16-1
The horse won the Santa Anita Derby for trainer Bob Baffert.

Twice the Appeal: 20-1
You have to take a look at this horse simply because Calvin Borel is aboard. He always finds a way to get his horse to the inside and he is a master of Churchill Downs.

Pants on Fire: 20-1
This is the betting horse that female jockey Rosie Napravnik will be riding and the horse have some talent. He won the Louisiana Derby and the more you look at the prep races, the better that race looks.

Animal Kingdom: 30-1
This horse was bred for the turf but he seems to have taken to the dirt well and he should love the distance. There is no way he should be 30-1.

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