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Gronkowski (the horse) is out of the Kentucky Derby

Both horses will run in the Kentucky Derby and Justify is the favorite.

Apollo is the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby after launching his racing career as a 3-year-old way back in 1882. His dynamic duo will face each other as bookend competitors with different prospects in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Ryan Moore believes Mendelssohn has plenty in his favour as the colt bids for a ground-breaking win in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Audible's company logo will be visible on some of the horse's gear on race day.

The glamour and glitz of the sport comes to the forefront at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and this year's race features 20 horses who will go to the post with a chance to claim glory. That's pretty much my history in this race.

You don't have to tell Baffert. "I was relieved when I saw him in seven". But then few horses have matched the globe-trotting credentials of Mendelssohn, the 5-1 second choice for America's greatest race on Saturday. I count at least five horses - Justify, Mendelssohn, Magnum Moon, Audible and Good Magic - who might have been favored in other years with lesser competition.

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That brings us to the favorites - Justify and Mendelssohn. Hofburg is trying to give Mott his first Derby victor, and he has had a head-turning week of training that illustrates why a conservative trainer like Mott is taking on the Derby with a horse with so few starts. Current Saints' owner Gayle Benson will reportedly be in attendance to watch Lone Sailor between Pelicans playoff games.

The Derby has always been a draw for the rich and famous, with some of the biggest stars in sports, fashion and Hollywood mixing with royalty. The horse is looking to break the Apollo Curse.

No horse from Europe has won the Kentucky Derby. Justify and Magnum Moon are the only two in this field that could end the 135-year-old curse. A half-brother to four-time Eclipse-winning mare Beholder, he was actually bred here in Kentucky, one of four horses in this year's Derby sired by the late stallion Scat Daddy.

Any horse that wins is going to have overcome the Todd Pletcher coalition. The colt swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become racing's first Triple Crown victor in 37 years. Only two fillies had ever won the Derby: Regret in 1915 and Genuine Risk in 1980.

"Sassy will be close", said Cox, who also has a third entrant in 30-1 longshot Kelly's Humor. One of the colts in the race didn't even have a name - they just referred to him as "the Malloy colt". Or better yet, there's still time for you to get involved: Simply get free past performances, courtesy of Equibase, at, find the most likely winners and submit your top 3 picks, along with a bit of analysis and/or wagering strategy, via email or Twitter (hashtag #RJhorseracing).

Midnight Bisou will start from the No. 10 post. At 13-1 odds, Audible has decent potential to build on that legacy. Runnymede went off at 4-5; Apollo at 10-1. Ultimately, however, no amount of luck in the draw will top the horses with more stamina. Bred by John Gunther's Glenwood Farm, out of the Ghostzapper mare Stage Magic, Justify shared a paddock with Wood Memorial victor Vino Rosso.

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