With the scratch of Omaha Beach yesterday, the revision to the morning line has Game Winner as the 9-2 morning line favorite with jockey Joel Rosario aboard in the 145th Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
The colt is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who will send out the three shortest priced horses for this year’s Run for the Roses as he seeks his sixth win under the Twin Spires on the first Saturday of May.
A total of 21 entered, with Bodexpress getting into the field after the scratch of Omaha Beach. The colt is 30-1.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert other two runners are Roadster and Improbable.
Roadster (#17) will break for the 16 post with Florent Geroux aboard and shares second choice honors with Improbable at 5-1.
Improbable will break from the five post with Irad Ortiz, Jr. in the irons. The colt was second in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oakalwn Park in his last start.
Omaha Beach beat Game Winner by a nose in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park and then returned to Hot Springs to win the Arkansas Derby (G1), defeating Improbable by a length. A entrapped epiglottis will keep him from staring on Saturday.
While Game Winner and Improbable are both 0 for 2 this year, Roadster comes into the race having won the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his last outing.
Maximum Security and Tacitus dropped from 10-1 to 8-1 on the morning line with the scratch of the favorite.
Maximum Security, who made his debut for a $16,000 claiming tag is coming off a gate to wire score in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in his last outing.
Tacitus comes into the race having won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs and Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct in his last two starts.
War of Will dropped from 20-1 to 15-1 on the morning line. The colt drew the rail and is coming off a ninth place finish in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds in his last start.
The inside posts have not fared well recently. The last winner to break from the one post was Ferdinand in 1986. The last Derby winner to break from the two post was Affirmed in 1978.
Post time for the Kentucky Derby is 6:50 ET and will be televised live on NBC.