The 145th Kentucky Derby won't have its prohibitive favorite.
Omaha Beach (4-1 favorite entering today) will not race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, and Bodexpress (30-1) will enter the field instead. The favorite was set to run in the No. 12 post position, but Omaha Beach's late scratch means Code of Honor (12-1) will run in the vacated post, the Kentucky Derby announced Wednesday on Twitter.
In fact, all horses in posts 13 through 20 will move in one position as Bodexpress runs from the No. 20 post. Here are the fully updated post positions for Saturday's race.
1. War of Will (15-1)
2, Tax (20-1)
3. By My Standards (15-1)
4. Gray Magician (50-1)
5. Improbable (5-1)
6. Vekoma (15-1)
7. Maximum Security (8-1)
8. Tacitus (8-1)
9. Plus Que Parfait (30-1)
10. Cutting Humor (30-1)
11. Haikal (30-1)
12. Code of Honor (12-1)
13. Win Win Win (12-1)
14. Master Fencer (50-1)
15. Game Winner (9-2)
16. Roadster (5-1)
17. Long Range Toddy (30-1)
18. Spinoff (30-1)
19. Country House (30-1)
20. Bodexpress (30-1)
The month of May has been kind to Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud.
Two weeks after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix, the 35-year-old from France won his first career Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Pagenaud, who celebrated his birthday on May 18, beat out Alexander Rossi to capture the checked flag.
With one-and-a-quarter laps to go, Pagenaud passed Rossi for the lead and never gave it back.
Here's the thrilling finish, which was broadcast on NBC for the first time:
Will Power, the defending Indy 500 champion, finished fifth.
Pagenaud was so excited after his win that he dumped the entire bottle of milk over his head. When he tried to take a sip, there was nothing left.
Shortly after his big win, Pagenaud tweeted about the accomplishment, saying "Dreams do come true."
Pagenaud and his team capped off the memorable day by kissing the bricks. Must have been sweet.
It's anyone's race at this Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Omaha Beach, the prohibitive favorite entering the 145th iteration of "The Run for the Roses," was scratched from the race Wednesday with a breathing issue. The horse was a 4-1 morning-line favorite, and Omaha Beach's absence has scrambled the Derby's odds.
Game Winner (9-2) now is the favorite, while Roadster and the (now ironically named) Improbable aren't far behind in a tie for the second-best odds (5-1), according to Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia (H/T Lexington Herald-Leader). Bodexpress (30-1), who will now run in the field in Omaha Beach's absence, is not the field's longest longshot. That distinction belongs to Gray Magician, who will run the race at 50-1 odds.
You can watch the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on NBC, and streaming on the NBC Sports App and on NBCSports.com. Here are the full odds for the Derby, courtesy of Battaglia.
Game Winner 9-2
Maximum Security 8-1
Code of Honor 12-1
Win Win Win 12-1
By My Standards 15-1
War of Will 15-1
Country Horse 30-1
Cutting Humor 30-1
Long Range Toddy 30-1
Plus Que Parfait 30-1