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2024 Kentucky Derby

he 2024 Kentucky Derby field shifted slightly when Deterministic was pulled from contention by his trainer after he finished eighth in the Wood Memorial. His departure opened a spot for Grand Mo the First in the 20-horse field for the first leg of the Triple Crown series on Saturday, May 4. Grand Mo the First is a son of Uncle Mo and recently finished third in the Florida Derby at the end of March. However, he is not expected to be among the top 2024 Kentucky Derby contenders, listed as a 125-1 longshot in the 2024 Kentucky Derby odds.

Fierceness is the 3-1 Kentucky Derby favorite atop the horse racing odds board, followed by Sierra Leone (7-2) and Catching Freedom (8-1). The 2024 Kentucky Derby post draw is set for Saturday, but there is plenty of value to be found in the 2024 Kentucky Derby futures. With so much to consider while making your 2024 Kentucky Derby picks, a little expert help can go a long way.

The Kentucky Derby is always a unique challenge for horses and their trainers, as this is the first time that three-year-old's

run at the 1.25-mile distance. It was originally run at 1.5 miles, but officials changed the distance to its current length in 1896. The winner receives a blanket of 554 red roses after the race, which is where the term "Run for the Roses" originated from. Each winner's garland, which is topped with a single upturned rose, has been immediately freeze-dried for posterity since 1996. The Kentucky Derby is often referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports, but fans gather to enjoy the full slate of races throughout the day. This year's race is set to feature 20 horses who earned their spot through a series of qualifying races known as the Road to the Kentucky Derby.

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