Kentucky Derby odds: Classic Empire, Always Dreaming among early betting favorites
With the 143rd Kentucky Derby just around the corner, oddsmakers have already set the lines and released early predictions about the favorites to win this year's race.
After Nyquist unsurprisingly took the trophy in 2016, this year's Derby odds are more uncertain. While Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are the early betting favorites to win the G1 series this coming Saturday, horse injuries and lack of pattern in build-up race winners have positioned this year's Derby predictions as more of a guessing game.
"I think it's as wide open as we've seen in a long time," trainer Dale Romans said of this year's event to the Los Angeles Times. "...It could be any horse in this race."
Click through to see this year's Kentucky Derby odds favorites:
As of May 4, Bovada has Classic Empire leading with 4/1 odds. Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry closely follow with 9/2 and 6/1 odds respectively.
The Churchill Downs Derby is one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year -- kicking off the "Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing" series for three-year-old colts, comprised of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
20 horses and jockeys are set to compete in the Kentucky Derby each year, where they will race the track in hopes of winning the $2 million prize.
Here is a full list of horses competing in this year's Derby:
Irish War Cry
Conquest Mo Money
J Boys Echo
Lookin At Lee
State of Honor
Battle of Midway
Fast and Accurate
The event is scheduled to begin at 6:34 p.m. EDT, with coverage beginning earlier in the day on NBC.