Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite

Bettors Settle on Smarty Jones as Favorite
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Trainer Michael Dickinson, right, with current Derby favorite Tapit.
The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.

There is more than $7.6 million in the win pool. The clear second choice is Tapit, who is 5-1. There are five horses at odds of less than 10-1.

The field was reduced to 18 with the scratches Friday of Wimbledon and St Averil.

In post position order:
Limehouse, 42 -1
Song of the Sword, 58-1
Lion Heart, 7-1
Action This Day, 39-1
Friends Lake, 17-1
Minister Eric, 21-1
Master David, 9-1
Imperialism, 10-1
The Cliff's Edge, 9-1
Borrego, 15-1
Birdstone, 18-1
Read the Footnotes, 21-1
Smarty Jones, 4-1
Castledale, 18-1
Pollard's Vision, 25-1
Tapit, 5-1
Pro Prado, 68-1
Quintons Gold Rush, 58-1

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