Kentucky Derby odds: California Chrome remains favorite, pack shuffles after Hoppertunity's scratch

Kevin C. Cox

New odds were set following the second choice's scratch from the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Hoppertunity has scratched from the 140th Kentucky Derby following a suspected leg bruise, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, and the absence of the 6-1 second choice for Saturday's Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs has shaken up the odds as a result.

California Chrome remains the favorite at 5-2, hoping to become the first horse at lower odds than 3-1 to win the Kentucky Derby since Big Brown did so at 2-1 in 2008. After California Chrome, Hoppertunity's scratch shuffled around odds in preview of advanced betting opening Friday.

Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity's trainer, still has Chitu in the race. Chitu will start in the No. 12 position at 20-1 odds.

The second choice is now Wicked Strong, now at 6-1 odds. He was previously at 8-1 odds starting in the No. 20 position, but with Hoppertunity's scratch and the addition of the also-eliglble Pablo Del Monte, Wicked Strong will now start in the No. 19 gate and no longer be the horse furthest outside for the start of the 1 1/4-mile race. Pablo Del Monte is at 50-1 odds.

Danza, Intense Holiday and Tapiture are all now at 8-1 odds. Danza was previously at 10-1, and Intense Holiday was at 12-1, and Tapiture was at 15-1 before Thursday morning's news. Candy Boy was adjusted to 15-1. The other horses in the field stayed at their lines set when post positions were drawn Tuesday.

Pablo Del Monte was the only horse available to replace a scratched entrant, so any further scratches would not be replaced.

Full odds, from the Kentucky Derby's official website, are as follows, sorted by post position:

Post Position

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Odds

1

Vicar's In Trouble

Rosie Napravnik

Mike Maker

20-1

2

Harry's Holiday

Corey Lanerie

Mike Maker

50-1

3

Uncle Sigh

Irad Ortiz Jr.

Gary Contessa

30-1

4

Danza

Joe Bravo

Todd Pletcher

8-1

5

California Chrome

Victor Espinoza

Art Sherman

5-2

6

Samraat

Jose Ortiz

Rick Violette Jr.

15-1

7

We Miss Artie

Javier Castellano

Todd Pletcher

50-1

8

General A Rod

Joel Rosario

Mike Maker

15-1

9

Vinceremos

Joe Rococo Jr.

Todd Pletcher

30-1

10

Wildcat Red

Luis Saez

Joe Garoffalo

15-1

11

Hoppertunity

Mike Smith

Bob Baffert

scratched

12

Dance With Fate

Corey Nakatani

Peter Eurton

20-1

13

Chitu

Martin Garcia

Bob Baffert

20-1

14

Medal Count

Robby Albarado

Dale Romans

20-1

15

Tapiture

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Steve Asmussen

8-1

16

Intense Holiday

John Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

8-1

17

Commanding Curve

Shaun Bridgmohan

Dallas Stewart

50-1

18

Candy Boy

Gary Stevens

John Sadler

15-1

19

Ride On Curlin

Calvin Borel

William G. Gowan

15-1

20

Wicked Strong

Rajiv Maragh

James A. Jerkens

6-1

21

Pablo Del Monte

Jeffrey Sanchez

Wesley Ward

scratched

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