Kentucky Derby 2018 Weather Forecast & Track Conditions at Churchill Downs

Marcus Newton
May 6, 2018

It is expected to rain all day at Churchill Downs leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

If you aren't an NBC subscriber or don't have a cable login, you can also stream the Kentucky Derby for free on, the official online wagering site of Churchill Downs.

Justify broke from the No. 7 post well, ran to the front with Promises Fulfilled and pulled away just as the horses passed the 3/4 mile marker in the 1-1/4 mile race. During the late 19th century and the start of the 20th century, black jockeys were quite common.

Justify was the heavy favorite for the 2018 Derby, with 3-1 odds. They had been looking forward to another year of action and Derby betting, but Mashinter thinks "people might stay here longer because they're not running off to the track", he says.

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The 2018 Kentucky Derby is here.

If you're a fan of the New Orleans Saints, or the New Orleans Pelicans, you have a horse in this race. And horses coming over from Dubai after the UAE Derby? In fact, between 1921 and 2000, no black American jockey rode the race. In three career starts, Justify is a ideal 3-0.

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Justify also became the first horse in 136 years to win the Derby without having a start as a two-year-old.

But he has the same millstone, if it is one, as Justify: Magnum Moon didn't race as a 2-year-old.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's Audible was the co-third choice at 6-1 with Mendelssohn on Friday. Making his first start on February 18 at Santa Antia Park, the son of Scat Daddy cruised by 9 1/2 lengths.

It's an impressive race record for a horse so fresh to the track.

"It's one of the toughest Derbys that I've ever seen and one of the best draws that I've ever seen", Baffert said. Jockeys want to avoid anything that would prevent their horse from getting into rhythm, like being bumped, cut off or blocked.

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