The Race Is On: A Closer Look Of The Top Contenders For The Kentucky Derby Crown

The Race Is On: A Closer Look Of The Top Contenders For The Kentucky Derby Crown

It’s the time of the season where horse racing fans all over the world will be gathering once again to witness one of the grandest and most awaited horse racing tournament in the United States to unfold a few days from now. Dubbed as “The Fastest Two Minutes In Sports”, the Kentucky Derby will celebrate its 145th anniversary in less than two weeks from now.

This will take place on May 4, 2019, in the dirt track of Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. More than 20 mightiest and strongest three-year-old thoroughbred horse racers will compete in the Grade 1 Stakes category. Besides, some horse racing expert says that today’s edition of the Kentucky Derby will be the most interesting since the competition is tight. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown Series which is completed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Hence, while we are only a few days away before the Kentucky Derby will open, few racing favorites have been named who might get the highest odd value and deems the bigger chance of winning the derby crown. That said, let’s take a closer look to these entries and see if your entries will change as you take on and bet on kentucky derby down in 700 Central Avenue.

This week, things have slightly changed as Omaha Beach and Tacitus were the newest favorites for the Kentucky crown and the two of the best horse racers to watch out this season. Aside from Omaha Beach and Tacitus, Baffert’s Game Winner and Roadster are also part of the best contenders this year. To be honest, it’s difficult to predict which of these four horses will take the crown on the 4th of May, but let’s see what this horse racer’s got to show off once the racing tournament arrives.

Omaha Beach

This colt was never on the top choice of racing experts since the start of this year not until his fate changed when he won the recent Santa Anita Derby. Hall of Famer jockey Mike Smith chose him to ride on the said racing tournament which made him be a big winner on that day. Because of his victory in Santa Anita Derby, he became the newest favorite horse racer to head on to the Kentucky Derby and the strongest entry in the quest for the derby crown. He edged early favorites such as Game Winner which was on the top of his game since then.

According to his jockey Mike Smith, Omaha Beach has a unique characteristic that’s why he is considered to be tough this year. He is able to adapt directly to the type of environment and the weather condition of the racing field where he is competing. He has an excellent running style and his ability to adjust to the mud his sprinting is also excellent, Smith added.


Not really a strong contender is his first appearance, but this colt has earned a lot of positive feedbacks after he got an entry to the Kentucky Derby. In fact, his admirations and feedbacks came in after he won the recent Wood Memorial in the Grade 2 Stakes. Tacitus had shown an excellent running speed in Wood Memorial tournament which he got a non-debatable win.

Tacitus has also had a unique running style which he does not show off a fast speed at the gate but gradually changes as he takes the middle part of the race track. His trainer Bill Mott has also specifically stated that Tacitus has the ability to overcome any unfavorable conditions in the dirt track and can adjust directly to the type of obstacles in the field.

Game Winner

This colt has earned so much respect from the horse racing community. He was the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby and has been part of the buzz in any horse racing news and platform. He is trained by the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert which was also a Triple Crown holder last year because of Justify victory.

Game Winner is undefeated colt in Breeder’s Cup Juvenile where he can easily defeat all his rivals in the Grade 1 Stakes category. According to Baffert his trainer, Game Winner is always seen to exert the best effort in the race track and has the ability to adjust to the type of competitors he is facing.


He is another Bob Baffert’s entry and Game Winner’s stablemate in the Kentucky Derby. He only got one loss in all pre-Kentucky Derby season which was in Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. The other tournaments where he joined is always a victory for Roadster.

Roadster as of this time places second to Omaha Beach to win the derby crown. With all the hard work and training that Omaha took, his trainer believed that he can be a Kentucky Derby superstar this year.