Polls Show New Kentucky Derby Favorite

Last year, after winning two G1 races, two-year-old colt Bolt d’Oro was considered the Kentucky Derby favorite to win the 2018 Derby, with a few people even believing the horse had a chance to win the Triple Crown this year. However, confidence in Bolt d’Oro’s chances began to fade after he lost at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which was supposed to be his coming out party and now there is a new Kentucky Derby favorite.

With a little over two months left until the Derby, a panel of experts released the first edition of the 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, and surprisingly, Bolt d’Oro wasn’t the favorite to win the Derby anymore.

The new poll has Good Magic as the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, due to the fact that he defeated Bolt d’Oro at the Breeders’ Cup. Good Magic received 12 of 27 first place votes to overtake Bolt d’Oro as the Kentucky Derby favorite.

Good Magic Betting Odds

“Until we start seeing more impressive performances, the top juveniles of 2017 remain the leaders in my opinion,” said TimeformUS’ Craig Milkowski, who joined representatives from TVG, the Daily Racing Form and BloodHorse, among many other leading outlets, in voting.

Other Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites

While it is surprising that Good Magic overtook Bolt d’Oro, there is still plenty of time before the Derby, so expect the polls to change as the horses go through qualifiers.

Good Magic will get a chance to solidify his position this week as he is slated to run in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fountain Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Bolt d’Oro will try to regain his spot as the favorite on March 10 when he races at the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

“Per usual for this time of the year, things appear to be jumbled at the top,” said SportsLine’s Jody Demling. “But after the next couple of weeks a few things will shake out, and I think Bolt d’Oro will be the one we’ll all be talking about.”

March 17, 2018 by : Posted in 2018 No Comments

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