New 2019 Kentucky Derby odds after Omaha Beach defection

May 01, 2019 07:07pm
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Longtime Churchill Downs morning line maker Mike Battaglia on Wednesday updated his 2019 Kentucky Derby odds following original favorite Omaha Beach's scratch, installing Game Winner as the race's new 9-2 favorite.

Omaha Beach, the original top choice, defected from the field due to a respiratory issue to become the first morning line favorite scratched since Uncle Mo in 2011.

Game Winner, meanwhile, is one of a trio of horses trained by Bob Baffert who are also the three lowest prices on the board before betting opens. Behind Game Winner are Roadster and Improbable, both at 5-1.

Battaglia quipped that with the Omaha Beach development, "I'm now making Bob Baffert 7-5 to win the Derby." A sixth career Kentucky Derby win would tie the Hall of Fame conditioner with Ben Jones on the all-time list.

Game Winner was unbeaten at 2, including with a win at Churchill Downs in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Roadster, who had a breathing issue of his own, won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his prior start; and Improbable chased Omaha Beach for second in the Arkansas Derby (G1).

Take note of other changes below:

2019 Kentucky Derby morning line odds
 Horse Updated odds Original odds
 1. War of Will 15-1 20-1
 2. Tax 20-1 20-1
 3. By My Standards 15-1 20-1
 4. Gray Magician 50-1 50-1
 5. Improbable 5-1 6-1
 6. Vekoma 15-1 20-1
 7. Maximum Security 8-1 10-1
 8. Tacitus 8-1 10-1
 9. Plus Que Parfait 30-1 30-1
 10. Cutting Humor 30-1 30-1
 11. Haikal 30-1  30-1
 12. Omaha Beach SCR 4-1
 13. Code of Honor 12-1 15-1
 14. Win Win Win 12-1 15-1
 15. Master Fencer 50-1 50-1
 16. Game Winner 9-2 5-1
 17. Roadster 5-1 6-1
 18. Long Range Toddy 30-1 30-1
 19. Spinoff 30-1 30-1
 20. Country House 30-1 30-1
 21. Bodexpress 30-1 30-1


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