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.
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.