The 2018 Kentucky Derby takes place Saturday at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, and it promises to be yet another exciting race.
Here's a check on the full lineup, followed by a closer look at the favorites and sleepers for the 144th running of the famous event.
Kentucky Derby 2018 Full Lineup
1. Firenze Fire
2. Free Drop Billy
3. Promises Fulfilled
6. Good Magic
8. Lone Sailor
10. My Boy Jack
11. Bolt D'Oro
15. Instilled Regard
16. Magnum Moon
18. Vino Rosso
19. Noble Indy
Kentucky Derby 2018 Favorites and Sleepers
There's no outstanding favourite for the race, but there are plenty of strong contenders who will be aiming for glory at Churchill Downs.
Mendelssohn travelled from Shannon, Ireland, to Kentucky and will be hoping to become the first horse shipped from Europe to win the Derby.
There have been concerns the travelling may prove troublesome, but he has already shown he can handle it, according to Thoroughbred Today's Claudia Lorena:
Mendelssohn romped to victory at the UAE Derby in March and will once again be partnered by jockey Ryan Moore. The colt was bred to race on dirt and looks to have the pace and class needed to win the race.
Florida Derby winner Audible is another contender and has looked in great shape. The Kentucky Derby showed him preparing for the event:
Justify is also looking good and will have attracted plenty of admirers with an impressive win at the Santa Anita Derby.
Former jockey Chris McCarron said he is the colt he'd want to ride in the race, per James Burn at the Racing Post. He said: "He'd be the one because he's got good natural speed, and he stays up close, which will enable him to stay out of trouble."
There's a lot of hype surrounding all three horses, which will only intensify as the race nears. All three will get plenty of backing, and it would be no surprise if the winner were to come from one of the trio.
However, there are talented horses throughout the field and several sleepers that will be worth keeping an eye on.
Solomini is one option as he has already shown he can compete with some of the top horses in the field. He finished third in the Arkansas Derby, and trainer Bob Baffert has already spoken about the strategy he will adopt in the race, per correspondent Jay Privman:
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RLT, Baffert said Solomini changed leads on cue. "If you get in a hurry, he doesn't switch leads," he said. Related to that, Baffert said the @KentuckyDerby strategy with Solomini will be to "break and grab him, sit and let him finish." @flavienprat has the mount. #derbywatch https://t.co/8m2b4fOaju
Hofburg could also upset the odds having finished second behind Audible in the Florida Derby.
Trainer Bill Mott said he is looking as good as possible ahead of the race, per racing editor Alicia Wincze Hughes:
Flameaway has also been competitive this season and finished second at the Blue Grass Stakes and the Tampa Bay Derby.
Consistency may be an issue, but he's a tough competitor, and trainer Mark Casse has said he would not be shocked if he won, per Wincze Hughes at BloodHorse.