McCracken improved to four wins in four races with a victory in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 11, causing some bettors to back the 3-year-old colt in the Kentucky Derby Futures Book, driving his price down to +550 and the current favorite for the 143rd Run For The Roses.
The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, May 6, with NBC again covering the 1¼-mile race between the world’s best 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in the first leg of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown. Bovada has futures odds up for the big race and McCracken (+550 to win) is now the favorite after the Ian Wilkes-trained colt won the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 11 in track-record time. The son of Ghostzapper, McCracken -- who went off a 3/2 favorite -- ridden by jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. is now 4-0 lifetime after winning three consecutive races at Churchill Downs last year, including the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club.
Other horses with odds lower than 10/1 include Mastery (+750) -- who has three wins in three races -- and Classic Empire (+800), who has four Wins and a Show in six races and who is slated to run in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (March 4) and the San Felipe Stakes (March 11).2017 Kentucky Derby Futures Book Odds
Classic Empire +800
Irish War Cry +1000
Unique Bella +1400
El Areeb +1600
Mo Town +1800
Practical Joke +2000
Royal Mo +2000
American Anthem +2500
Battalion Runner +3000
Guest Suite +3000
Ann Arbor Eddie +3300
Beach Bum +3300
Saints Fan +4500
Fact Finding +5000
Good Samaritan +5000Is Irish War Cry Worth Futures Book Consideration?
After destroying Classic Empire (8/1 to win Kentucky Derby, Bovada) and Delta Downs Jackpot winner Gunnevera (20/1) in the Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream, Irish War Cry is now 3-0, and the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin will test his mettle at the Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 4. Ridden by jockey Joel Rosario and trained by Graham Motion, the New Jersey-bred colt led the entire race and defeated Breeders Cup’ Juvenile winner Classic Empire by 3¾ lengths as a 4/1 underdog.
Should Irish War Cry win the Fountain of Youth, expect a surge of futures money and attention, possibly making him the Kentucky Derby favorite, for at least the time being .sAnd watch filly Unique Bella (14/1), who kept her perfect record with her third win in three races with Mike Smith in the saddle with a victory in Las Virgenes Stake at Santa Anita on Feb. 5, beating Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Champagne Room.
2017 KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURES BOOK PICK: Irish War Cry 10/1