2024 Kentucky Derby horses, futures, odds, date: Expert who hit 10 Derby-Oaks Doubles gives picks – CBS Sports

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The 2024 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 4, at Churchill Downs. Sierra Leone led the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings now that Kentucky Derby prep races are complete. Trainer Chad Brown’s star pupil was sired by Gun Runner out of the Malibu Moon mare Heavenly Love and managed to scoop up victories at the Risen Star Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes to rack up 155 qualifying points. Now, Brown will hope this talented three-year-old can win him his first garland of roses at the Kentucky Derby 2024.
In the latest 2024 Kentucky Derby odds, Sierra Leone is +350, just behind 2024 Kentucky Derby favorite Fierceness at +300. Brown is also expected to have a second entrant in the 2024 Kentucky Derby field, with Domestic Product priced at +1800 in the latest 2024 Kentucky Derby futures. 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.
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. Trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez gives Fierceness a pair of the most experienced connections in the 2024 Kentucky Derby lineup. Pletcher has had 64 starters at the Kentucky Derby and this will be Velazquez’s 26th time in the mount in the crown jewel of American horse racing.
Velazquez is a three-time Derby winner, but Pletcher has only had two winners from those 64 attempts and owner Mike Repole is 0-for-7 as a Kentucky Derby owner. Consistency is also an issue for this son of City of Light out of the Stay Thirsty mare Nonna Bella. He has three dominant wins in his career to date, but he also finished seventh at the Champagne Stakes as a two-year-old and third as the favorite in the Holy Bull Stakes to kick off his three-year-old season. See which other 2024 Kentucky Derby horses to avoid at SportsLine.
Another stunner: Demling is high on Resilience, even though he’s a 35-1 longshot. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday. A son of Into Mischief out of the Smart Strike mare Meadowsweet, Resilience is trained by hall of famer Bill Mott, who won the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Country House after Maximum Security was disqualified for aggressive riding.
After failing to break his maiden in three attempts as a two-year-old, Resilience finally found his way to the winner’s circle on New Year’s Day at Gulfstream Park. He followed that up with a fourth-place finish at the Risen Star Stakes and broke through with a win at the Wood Memorial to qualify for the 2024 Kentucky Derby. He’s shown tactical speed as a three-year-old and with his speed figures on the rise, Demling believes he could be a serious threat in May at Churchill Downs. See which other horses to back at SportsLine
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.
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