Updated Kentucky Derby odds: Irish War Cry 5-1, Always Dreaming 9-2
by Frank Vespe
The rains came. And came. And came.
Friday’s Kentucky Oaks day card at Churchill Downs was contested over a sloppy, sealed main track and a turf course listed as good.
Saturday looks like more of the same.
The weather forecast for Louisville, as of 7:30 Saturday morning, calls for cool temperatures with a high in the low 60s and rain showers during the day. Chance of rain: 100 percent.
Are bettors already figuring that into their wagering? Hard to know — but if early wagering is an indicator, the final line may not look much like the morning line did.
While linemaker Mike Battaglia installed two-year-old champ Classic Empire as tepid 4-1 morning line favorite, bettors have thus far been decidedly cool to that horse. He was 7-1 in wagering as of 7:30 Saturday morning.
The favorite, at 9-2, was Always Dreaming, whom Battaglia had installed as the 5-1 co-second choice. Irish War Cry, 6-1 on the morning line, was 5-1 in early wagering. And McCraken, like Always Dreaming 5-1 on the morning line, had drifted up slightly to 6-1.
Irish War Cry, bred in New Jersey, is one of two Midlantic-breds in the field. The other, Pennsylvania-bred Fast and Accurate, was 33-1 in early action, down from a morning line of 50-1.
The biggest mover in the early wagering was Gunnevera, bet down to 9-1 off a 15-1 morning line. Full updated odds are below.
KENTUCKY DERBY POST POSITIONS AND ODDS
- Lookin at Lee — 25-1
- Thunder Snow — 17-1
- Fast and Accurate — 33-1
- Untrapped — 59-1
- Always Dreaming — 9-2
- State of Honor — 47-1
- Girvin — 21-1
- Hence — 17-1
- Irap — 36-1
- Gunnevera — 9-1
- Battle of Midway — 39-1
- Sonneteer — 36-1
- J Boys Echo — 43-1
- Classic Empire — 7-1
- McCraken — 6-1
- Tapwrit — 29-1
- Irish War Cry — 5-1
- Gormley — 24-1
- Practical Joke — 32-1
- Patch — 13-1