The Blue Grass Stakes is one of the biggest stages for horse racing, and the event is a great preview for the Kentucky Derby in May. A few horses are causing quite a bit of buzz, and the top contenders are preparing to take home the $750,000 prize.
Let’s break down the top contenders based on their morning line odds.
Note: All odds were obtained from ESPN.com.
Uncaptured (7-2 odds)
The favorite at the event this Saturday is Uncaptured, owned by John Oxley. Oxley won the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Monarchos but hasn’t won since then.
Uncaptured could be Oxley’s next horse to have a shot in May. He has won six of his eight career races. He’s a true winner when it comes to racing, and Oxley hopes that translates to more wins in the next two months.
The favorite to win will be starting from post No. 7, so the positioning isn’t too bad. If Uncaptured can get a solid start, it wouldn’t a shock for the horse to bring home another win.
Java’s War (4-1 odds)
Right behind Uncaptured is the young colt owned by Charles Fipke. It’s been a rough couple of months, as the horse’s last win came back in September at the Sunday Silence Stakes. However, a steady improvement since then has Java’s War back as one of the favorites.
Java’s War was able to finish in second at the Tampa Bay Derby in March, so the horse is looking primed for a win. With the No. 4 post position, Fipke will be rooting hard for his horse and hopes to see his horse continue to rise in the standings.
Rydilluc (4-1 odds)
Rydilluc was given the same odds to win as Java’s War, but his recent success has been far more impressive.
On turf, Rydilluc has won three straight races. He was able to win the Palm Beach Stakes back in March, and is one of the hotter horses in Saturday’s race.
The biggest advantage is that Edgar Prado, the Hall of Fame jockey, will be riding him. Prado has well over 6,400 career wins, along with a victory at the Kentucky Derby back in 2006.
Even near the outside post, Rydilluc has a big advantage with Prado riding him. Although Uncaptured is the favorite based on the odds, many people think Prado’s horse will come away with the win.