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2024 Kentucky Derby horses, futures, odds, date: Expert who hit 10 Derby-Oaks Doubles enters top picks

A Japanese horse has never won the Kentucky Derby, but Forever Young looks like a top contender as he makes the trek from the “Land of the Rising Sun.” Sired by Real Steel out of the Congrats mare Forever Darling, Forever Young is unbeaten in five career starts, with victories at the Saudi Derby and the UAE Derby to earn a spot in the 2024 Kentucky Derby. He drew the No. 11 post, but can he get a clean break from the middle of the pack to put himself in contention among the 2024 Kentucky Derby horses? Forever Young is 10-1 in the 2024 Kentucky Derby odds, while fellow Japanese entrant T O Password is a 30-1 longshot.

Fierceness is the 5-2 favorite among the 2024 Kentucky Derby horses following his 13.5-length win at the Florida Derby, while Sierra Leone is 3-1 after leading all three-year-olds with 155 Kentucky Derby qualifying points. The 2024 Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET. Before making any 2024 Kentucky Derby picks, be sure to see the horse racing predictions and futures bets from SportsLine’s elite horse racing expert Jody Demling

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2024 Kentucky Derby having nailed the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the last six years, including an exacta in 2022 with Mo Donegal and Nest. He also called Flightline’s win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November of that year. 

Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world like the Kentucky Derby 2024. In fact, he has hit 10 of the last 15 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but five times in the last 15 years. He’s also called 10 of the last 19 Preakness winners, including nailing his Preakness winner, exacta and superfecta picks in 2023, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.

Now, with the 2024 Kentucky Derby odds already on the board, Demling is sharing his picks and 2024 Kentucky Derby predictions over at SportsLine. Go here to see them.

Top 2024 Kentucky Derby predictions

One of Demling’s surprising 2024 Kentucky Derby picks: He is fading Fierceness, even though he’s the top favorite and just won the Florida Derby. Fierceness has shown flashes of greatness, but he’s been inconsistent throughout his racing career. He’s won two of his last four starts, but he’s finished third and seventh in the other two races.

He’s never won back-to-back races and the odds are stacked against him crossing the finish line first at Churchill Downs. That’s because Fierceness will break from post No. 17, the only post to have never produced a Kentucky Derby winner. Demling knows Fierceness has the talent to win on Saturday, but his inconsistency cannot be overlooked, especially since he has the shortest odds in the 2024 Kentucky Derby field. See which other 2024 Kentucky Derby horses to avoid at SportsLine.

Another stunner: Demling is high on Dornoch, even though he’s a 20-1 longshot. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. The son of 2018 Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic and grandson of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, Dornoch is coming off a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Blue Grass Stakes. However, he’d won his previous three starts, including wins in the Remsen Stakes and Fountain of Youth Stakes.

Dornoch bested Sierra Leone at the Remsen, but Sierra Leone came out on top during the rematch at Keeneland. Now, they’ll break side-by-side at the 150th Kentucky Derby, with Dornoch breaking from the rail and Sierra Leone coming from the No. 2 post. It’s a draw that fits Dornoch’s style if he can get a clean break, as he prefers to go towards the front of the pack early. See which other horses to back at SportsLine

How to make 2024 Kentucky Derby picks, bets

Demling is especially high on an epic double-digit longshot who “keeps getting better and better.” Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected 2024 Kentucky Derby leaderboard, over at SportsLine.

Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2024, and which double-digit longshot is a must-back? Check out the latest 2024 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling’s picks for the Kentucky Derby, all from the expert who nailed 10 Derby-Oaks doubles.

2024 Kentucky Derby odds, futures

Prg # Horse Odds Projection
1 Dornoch 20-1 SEE PICKS
2 Sierra Leone 3-1 SEE PICKS
3 Mystik Dan 20-1 SEE PICKS
4 Catching Freedom 8-1 SEE PICKS
5 Catalytic 30-1 SEE PICKS
6 Just Steel 20-1 SEE PICKS
7 Honor Marie 20-1 SEE PICKS
8 Just a Touch 10-1 SEE PICKS
9 Encino 20-1 SCR
10 T O Password (JPN) 30-1 SEE PICKS
11 Forever Young (JPN) 10-1 SEE PICKS
12 Track Phantom 20-1 SEE PICKS
13 West Saratoga 50-1 SEE PICKS
14 Endlessly 30-1 SEE PICKS
15 Domestic Product 30-1 SEE PICKS
16 Grand Mo the First 50-1 SEE PICKS
17 Fierceness 5-2 SEE PICKS
18 Stronghold 20-1 SEE PICKS
19 Resilience 20-1 SEE PICKS
20 Society Man 50-1 SEE PICKS
21 Epic Ride 30-1 SEE PICKS

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