BlackJack Fletcher: The Kentucky Derby Contenders That Have My Attention

May 05, 2018, 12:00 AM EDT

It’s not that far away, brothers. One of the greatest events in all of sports is right around the corner. The first Saturday in May, we get the “Run for The Roses,” the 144th Kentucky Derby. Let’s take a look at the 20-horse field and focus on the entrants that may have a chance to be a Kentucky Derby champion.

Justify (+365)

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Justify is attempting to break the “Curse of Apollo.” Apollo is the last Kentucky Derby winner who did not race as a 2-year-old. He did it in 1882. Justify has run only three races as a 3-year-old, but he has been very impressive in each. In the race above he grabs the win over another Derby favorite, Bolt D’Oro. I love this horse’s raw talent; just watch the race he runs above. He starts so easily to the front of the pack and just breezes along. When Mike Smith asks him for something, he responds. And when they hit the home stretch and Bolt D’Oro makes his run, Justify hits that extra gear, which you absolutely need in the stretch at Churchill Downs. Between Justify’s talent and his Hall of Fame connections, I am very high on this horse.

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