Kentucky Derby 2020 odds: Maxfield inherits favoritism

November 07, 2019 12:26pm
By nature of skipping a wacky running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Godolphin homebred Maxfield, winner of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (G1) in his most-recent start, is the new early 2020 Kentucky Derby co-favorite.

The updated board at William Hill US, the go-to future book for the May 2 race at Churchill Downs, this week lists both Maxfield and upset Juvenile winner Storm the Court at 12-1, the shortest price of nearly 100 on the board.

Going into the Juvenile, Dennis' Moment and Eight Rings had opened at 10-1 for the first leg of the Triple Crown series, William Hill's way of saying it's not too interested in action on those colts. Now the door's open to a play if you're expecting Dennis' Moment, who stumbled at the break, or Eight Rings, who came up flat in the stretch, to bounce back.

Maxfield was entered in the Juvenile before trainer Brendan Walsh was forced to scratch him with what was believed at the time to be a sore foot. Essentially, it was bad timing heading into racing's offseason.

Grade 1 winner Tiz the Law is William Hill's current 15-1 second choice for the Derby before Eight Rings and Dennis' Moment both come in at 25-1.

Tiz the Law still stands a chance to become the winter book favorite given the New York-bred, a last out winner of Belmont Park's Champagne Stakes (G1), is pointing toward the Nov. 30 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs. The son of Constitution sports the same connections -- trainer Barclay Tagg and the Sackatoga Stable partnership -- as Funny Cide, and is preparing for his two-turn debut.

Other notable changes since the Juvenile include a drop in price for Annea d'Or, who finished just a head behind Storm the Court at Santa Anita Park. Next race plans for the Breeders' Cup's Top 2 haven't been determined.

Wrecking Crew, third in the Juvenile, is 100-1, and Scabbard, fourth, is 75-1.

One to look for next time is Independence Hall, the 12 1/4-length winner of Sunday's Nashua Stakes (G3) and a candidate to run back in the Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct. The son of Constitution is down to 10-1 in live betting via the William Hill app and, thus, in line to be the top choice on the next odds sheet released.

Future bets on the Derby can be placed at William Hill books in Nevada. Get a full look at the board below:


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