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The most recent Kentucky Derby victor to lose as a 3-year-old before reaching Churchill Downs for the big race was Animal Kingdom in 2011 - and that loss came by a head.

Mint juleps, fabulous hats, and legal bets: The Kentucky Derby's staying power draws equally from long tradition and the novelty and speed of the race. He's trained by Bob Baffert, who has helped four horses en route to Derby wins, most recently with the Triple Crown victor American Pharoah. Along with Justify, this colt will attempt to put the "curse of Apollo" to the test this year since Curlin started in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.

The mile and a quarter distance is also new territory for numerous horses in the race, so projecting how they'll fare could come down to their breeding and a little guesswork.

Pletcher's Audible was the co-third choice at 6-1 with Mendelssohn on Friday.

Ehalt does note that other horses in the Derby do have experience on a wet track, including race favorite Justify, who won an allowance race at Santa Anita in March.

Interestingly, past year the organizers of the Kentucky Derby instituted the "Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby" rule, which allowed for horses from that respective country to be able to compete in the race.

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He won all three races.

Arkansas Derby victor Magnum Moon is one of four horses to be saddled by Todd Pletcher, who won last year's Derby with Always Dreaming. As the New Yorker revealed, in a story about the Ortiz brothers - jockeys Jose and Irad Jr., who will be riding the No. 6 horse, Good Magic, and the No. 9 horse, Hofburg, respectively, in the2018 Derby - a jockey's gear is subject to change, based on conditions.

It's an incredibly talented field this year, with reasons to both love and doubt every horse entering the day with good odds.

He was a UAE Derby sensation, winning by 18 lengths, and his record (4-1-0 in seven starts) is top notch. "I've been there with the best horses that God made, and I know what it's like".

Mendelssohn was an 18 1/2-length victor of the UAE Derby.

This is a bad post position, and there's no indication that Combatant, with one win in eight starts, can muster much from it.

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