While there is plenty of time left to mix the mint juleps and buy your seersuckers and summer gowns, the lead-up to this year’s Run for the Roses has been a crazy path with a number of horses making a play to get into the Derby field. Before they draw post positions on May 3, here’s an early read on where to put your futures wagers heading into the 143rd Kentucky Derby, thanks to our friends at SportsBookReview.com. A vast majority of SBR’s trusted betting sites have last year’s 2-year-old champion male as the pick to be favored heading into Derby Day. The horse took wins at both the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity Stakes at Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita early in the year.
A stakes race win to Malibu Style at Caulfield has not only given jockey Steven Parnham his first Melbourne winner but also formed part of a unique feat for the prominent West Australian racing family. Perth-based Steven, 31, is the oldest of the brothers and had been knocking on the door of a Victorian win having been placed five times before in other flying visits, including a couple of times in Group One races on Playing God in the 2011-12 season. A three-time Group One winning rider in his home state, Parnham had also come close to a Melbourne break through this season, beaten less than a head in two Group Two races on Ellicazoom while Malibu Style was second in his Victorian debut this month.
Montpellier surged up to second in the Top 14 as they dished out a 54-3 hammering to Racing 92 on Saturday. The fixture had initially been scheduled for March 18 but was postponed following the announcement of the now-aborted plan for Racing and Stade Francais to merge. Racing had won three consecutive league games going into the encounter, but they could only muster a Dan Carter penalty in the first half.