There has been a drastic change in the Kentucky Derby betting odds as the favorite, Eskendereya, will not be running in this important race. All along the media has been talking about this horse and following it up close. Now that Eskendereya is out of the race due to a swelling on the front leg right between the ankle and the knee, Lookin at Lucky will have a chance to gallop up to the favorite position.
Eskendereya odds were listed at 2-1 in the first race of the Triple Crown. Now things look very different for this horse’s future. Now owner and trainer are actually worried that this injury will ruin Eskendereya’s career. “We were still kind of hoping for a miracle overnight and we didn’t get it,” Pletcher said. “It’s the worst of timing.” Pletcher is hoping that the injury is not career-threatening. “It’s a tough one,” said Pletcher.
The owner, Ahmed Zayat, is in for another loss. Zayat Stables was the home of last year’s Run for the Roses runner up. The word has spilled the Stables filed for bankruptcy protection a few months ago. More news say that Ahmed is also being sewed by the bank too. His plans where to sell Eskendereya, although he would have gotten a lot more money if he would have been active at the Kentucky Derby and maybe even won it. Lookin at Lucky is now taking over the role as the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
The trainer for this horse is Bob Baffert. He has referred to Eskendereya as a star and he knew that the race against him was not going to be easy at all, so he has got to be very happy to know that he has no competition against Eskendereya.
Although it is a sad situation for the horse, many trainers are actually happy on the fact that this happened. For instance, Jackson Bend’s trainer Nick Zito, is eager to see how the situation will benefit his competitor. This is also the scenario with many of the other competitors of the Kentucky Derby.