Can a long shot get the best of the field in the Kentucky Derby?
The Run for the Roses appears to be a wide-open race, and while horses like Classic Empire and Always Dreaming have an excellent chance of making an impact on the stretch run and potentially win the race, the Derby could go to a number of long shots in the field.
Start off with Gunnevera, who is scheduled to go to the post at odds of 12-1, according to OddsShark.
2017 Kentucky Derby Details
Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
Post Time: Saturday, May 6, at 6:34 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live
|2017 Kentucky Derby|
|1||Lookin At Lee||Corey Lanerie||Steve Asmussen||33-1|
|2||Thunder Snow||Christophe Soumillon||Saeed bin Suroor||18-1|
|3||Fast and Accurate||Channing Hill||Mike Maker||66-1|
|4||Untrapped||Ricardo Santana Jr.||Steve Asmussen||50-1|
|5||Always Dreaming||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||9-2|
|6||State of Honor||Jose Lezcano||Mark Casse||33-1|
|7||Girvin||Mike Smith||Joe Sharp||16-1|
|8||Hence||Florent Geroux||Steve Asmussen||16-1|
|9||Irap||Mario Gutierrez||Doug O’Neill||18-1|
|10||Gunnevera||Javier Castellano||Antonio Sano||12-1|
|11||Battle of Midway||Flavien Prat||Jerry Hollendorfer||20-1|
|12||Sonneteer||Kent Desormeaux||Keith Desormeaux||40-1|
|13||J Boys Echo||Luis Saez||Dale Romans||28-1|
|14||Classic Empire||Julien Leparoux||Mark Casse||19-4|
|15||McCraken||Brian Hernandez Jr.||Ian Wilkes||6-1|
|16||Tapwrit||Jose Ortiz||Todd Pletcher||28-1|
|17||Irish War Cry||Rajiv Maragh||Graham Motion||6-1|
|18||Gormley||Victor Espinoza||John Shirreffs||18-1|
|19||Practical Joke||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown||25-1|
|20||Patch||Tyler Gaffalione||Todd Pletcher||33-1|
Gunnevera is trained by Antonio Sano and ridden by Javier Castellano, and he has earned more than $1.1 million after being purchased for the bargain price of $16,000.
The horse won the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March, but he was forced to settle for third place in the Florida Derby.
Gunnevera has been training well and is in good health, and he has the pedigree to go the Derby distance of 1¼ miles without a problem.
Girvin is another longer shot in the race that should have an excellent chance to return a big price for his backers. Grivin is listed at 16-1 by OddsShark, and he is trained by Joe Sharp and ridden by Mike E. Smith.
The colt has won three of four lifetime races, and the only time he didn't find the winner's circle he finished second.
He has a limited background as all of his races have been at Louisiana Downs, and while his most recent win was in the respected Louisiana Derby, he will now be facing a higher level of competition.
Now Girvin must go up against runners from California, New York and Florida, and it will be more of a challenge to hit the board against better horses.
Irap is an 18-1 shot who is trained by Doug O'Neil and ridden by Mario Gutierrez. The horse is coming off an impressive win in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.
That Grade II victory propelled him into the Derby, and he has the speed to stay near the top for a significant portion of the race. His pedigree says he will fight to keep his position down the stretch.
Thunder Snow is another 18-1 shot who has won his only start of the calendar year. This Irish runner is owned by Godolphin Racing, and he hopes to run back to the form that allowed him to win the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Derby in late March.
He defeated previously unbeaten Epicharis in that race, and that should give his connections the confidence that this horse can compete against the best American horses.