Itsaknockout, International Star and the promising Khozan were the big movers in early Kentucky Derby betting odds released this week at Sportsbook.
Itsaknockout won Saturday’s $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) thanks to a disqualification of Upstart, with the colt picking up 50 points toward entry into the Kentucky Derby. The colt, who was listed at betting odds of 40-1 last week, has now dropped to 16-1 at Sportsbook, making him the co-third choice in the wagering.
Upstart was disqualified from the victory and placed second by the stewards for drifting out and bumping Itsaknockout and his price has remained steady at 12-1 in early Kentucky Derby wagering at Sportsbook.
International Star won Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds with a rail-skimming ride from Miguel Mena, also picking up 50 points which assures the colt will be among the 20 in the gate on the first Saturday of May. His price in early Kentucky Derby betting at Sportsbook dropped from 33-1 to 16-1 after his victory.
Khozan remained perfect in two starts after an impressive win against first level allowance runners on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. The colt turned heads breaking his maiden in very fast time in his debut.
Trained by Todd Pletcher, the colt will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on March 28 at Gulfstream Park. His early betting price for the Derby went from 33-1 to 16-1 after his most recent victory, despite not having earned any points for entry into the Derby.
The colt is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 Sportsbook Royal Delta, who earned $4.8 million, was the champion older mare in 2012 and 2013, and won an Eclipse Award for being top three-year-old filly in 2011.
American Pharoah remains the early betting favorite at Sportsbook for the Derby at odds of 8-1. The colt has not raced since winning the Frontrunner (G1) at Santa Anita on Sept. 27. His next start likely will be the $750,000 Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 14.