The Indiana Grand will be the host for the Indiana Derby on Saturday, July 14, 2018, with a $500,000 purse to hand out. Thi Grade 3 stakes event has nine horse entered for the prize. Let’s take a closer look at this horse racing event and the odds plus predictions.

The Indiana Derby Field- Sorted by Odds

The favorite of this event is a Dale Romans horse called King Zachary with 6/5 odds to win. He last won on June 16 at the Churchill Downs Matt Winn going away to cross 4 ¾ ahead of second place. The colt has now won twice and is on a fast pace to enter the Travers Stakes. This is the one to beat.

The son of Warrior’s Reward has run of dirt and turf and has been a winner on both. Axelrod finished second at the Santa Anita Grade 3 on June 10. He will be able to keep up the good pace of the race with 5/1 odds to win.

Blame the Rider is 6/1 odds to win the Derby. He lost in nine furlongs on June 16 on a grass surface. His best career finish is third place at several dirt tracks.

Dark Vader finished in third place at the Belmont on stakes day. He is a cruiser that many like to watch run as he is a good worker. Might be a bit long of a race but still 8/1 odds to win.

Also at 8/1 odds is Trigger Warning, the son of Candy Ride. In his last encounter, he was in a photo finish at 86/1 with Core Beliefs and Lone Sailer. He won the Tom Ridge Stakes in the prior race. Someday he will win.

Funny Duck is 10/1 odds to win this event. He has changed surfaces many times. He was a winner on a sloppy track in the Grade 3 Pay Day Mile on May 6th. The he was fouth of six so which horse will be racing?

Steve Ausmussen brings in Title Ready. This horse won at Oaklawn park back in February but has some issues on Preakness Day. this is potntially a talented horse that could surprise bettors. Odds to win are 12/1.

Givemeaminit and The Money Dance are both 20/1 to win.

You can bet on the Indiana Derby at any of our favorite racebooks.

Indiana Derby Predictions

As much as King Zachary is the favorite, we can’t help but take a slight chance to make some money on this bet. With that in mind here are my top four horses in the order I would bet them.

  1. Trigger Warning
  2. King Zachary
  3. Axelrod
  4. Title Ready
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