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Kentucky Derby Freak? I'll Bet Against Him: David Papadopoulos

  • Justify, the 3-1 favorite, has to prove he merits all the hype
  • Looking for value, I’ll bet on a 12-1 shot and a 20-1 shot

Bob Baffert is back in Louisville with another freakish talent.

Three years ago, it was American Pharoah. This year, it’s an imposing chestnut colt by the name of Justify. The hype has been crazy from the moment the horse set foot in Baffert’s barn. Jockeys, grooms, hotwalkers, clockers, racing touts, coffee-stand vendors -- heck, even Baffert himself. “We’ve been in awe since the first time we worked him,” the trainer recalled recently.