Classic Empire Now the 5-1 Odds Favorite to Win 2017 Kentucky Derby

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Apr/18/2017

Following his Arkansas Derby win, Classic Empire has been instilled as the 5-1 odds favorite to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

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“I’ve never once counted him out,” trainer Mark Casse said heading into the Arkansas Derby. “I know a lot of people have. I feel that ability-wise, he is the most talented horse out there right now.”

Classic Empire won the Breeders' Futurity Stakes and Breeders' Cup Juvenile and is the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.  His odds have been reduced from 5/1 to 8/1 over the past 48 hours.

Classic Empire is far from healthy, however, as he entered the Arkansas Derby with a foot abscess and bad back.

"Finally," Casse said. "It's relief, I guess, and maybe disbelief, that we were able to, after all the obstacles that were thrown our way, to achieve it. There's so many people that helped with this at our farm, everywhere. It's been tense."

This does beg the question: How will a 100 percent healthy Classic Empire perform?

Here are all your 2017 Kentucky Derby early odds:

 

To win the 2017 Kentucky Derby

11:00 AM

702

Classic Empire

 

+500

 

707

Gormley

 

+2200

 

708

Gunnevera

 

+750

 

710

Irish War Cry

 

+650

 

713

Lookin At Lee

 

+5000

 

715

McCraken

 

+600

 

718

Practical Joke

 

+2000

 

729

Battalion Runner

 

+2500

 

733

State of Honor

 

+5000

 

734

Untrapped

 

+5500

 

735

Royal Mo

 

+5000

 

736

Tapwrit

 

+3500

 

741

Girvin

 

+1800

 

742

J Boys Echo

 

+2200

 

743

Cloud Computing

 

+3500

 

744

Always Dreaming

 

+600

 

745

Battle of Midway

 

+3500

 

746

Thunder Snow

 

+1800

 

747

Malagacy

 

+5500

 

748

Fast and Accurate

 

+9000

 

749

Hence

 

+2200

 

750

Patch

 

+4500

 

752

Irap

 

+2000

 

753

Sonneteer

 

+5000

 

754

Conquest Mo Money

 

+2500

 

- Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com

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