The odds makers at William Hill U.S. did not wait for jockey Mike Smith’s decision to install a brand new 2019 Kentucky Derby favourite.
Exiting the Arkansas Derby, winner Omaha Beach dove from 10-1 to 7-2, with William Hill essentially sending the message: We are not prepared to risk more on this son of War Front regardless of who is in the irons.
Before the preps, Maximum Security and the 2-year-old winner Game Winner, winner of the Florida Derby, were 5-1 co-favorites. Ever since then, Game Winner has stuck in the price while Maximum Security increased to 9-1, making action on the claimer valuable.
The upcoming top options include Smith’s other possible mount, Roadster (6-1), Tacitus (8-1) and Improbable (8-1).
Smith made the decision starting up the mount, after the chances were releases.
Within 3 weeks before the first Saturday in May, War of Will remains an intriguing proposition at 18-1. The stakes winner at Fair Grounds suffered a injury at the start of the Louisiana Derby, finishing ninth, but returned to perform a bullet in the gate. Where could he be listed with a Louisiana Derby success?
If Country House could get his own gate issues squared off, 40-1 is not too low to think about a play, either, while the Sunland Derby winner Cutting Humor remains at 50-1 despite a record-setting functionality in the New Mexico prep.
When he was defeated as a favorite over the weekend at Keeneland’s Lexington Stakes sunland runner-up Anothertwistafate, nevertheless, did flatter Cutting Humor. Signalman (50-1), Anothertwistafate (60-1), Bodexpress (75-1) and Sueno (100-1) are people still on the board who could use a defection — or three — to make the gate May 4 at Churchill Downs.
A glance at William Hill’s Kentucky Derby chances, below, with the option to go whole screen at the right.