Verrazano won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby March 9 to solidify his early standing as favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The colt was 6-1 in Kentucky Derby future odds released by Bovada this week. He is 3-0 in his career and is slated to make one additional start before he ships to Louisville.
Trainer Todd Pletcher said this week his final Derby prep will be the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. [ US Racebook offering new rates and new customer specials ]
A few other early Derby hopefuls will likely challenge Verrazano at the Big A, including Vyjack and Normandy Invasion both currently at 16-1 and Overanalyze at 40-1.
Who is No. 2 behind Verrazano? Itsmyluckyday is the second choice in Derby future wagering odds. He is 10-1 and unbeaten in two starts in 2013, including the Gulfstream Park Derby and the Grade 3 Holy Bull on Jan. 26.
He is pointed to Florida Derby on March 30, where 2012 juvy champ Shanghai Bobby (16-1) and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Orb (16-1) are both expected to run as well.
Hear the Ghost moved to 12-1, according to Bovada, with his victory in the San Felipe. He defeated Flashback (12-1) and Goldencents (25-1) in this upset at Santa Anita.
Current odds as of March 15, 2013 provided by Bovada
Hear The Ghost 12/1
Normandy Invasion 16/1
Shanghai Bobby 16/1
Super Ninety Nine 16/1
Dice Flavor 20/1
Frac Daddy 25/1
Capo Bastone 33/1
Falling Sky 33/1
Ive Struck A Nerve 33/1
Power Broker 33/1
River Seven 33/1
Bern Identity 40/1
Hes Had Enough 40/1
Dynamic Sky 50/1
Palace Malice 50/1
Title Contender 50/1