By Jasen Mangrum

When formulating my trifecta bets for the Kentucky Derby, I focus on the horse that I think has the best shot to hit the board, wheel him in all 3 spots, and select another 2 or 3 runners of which 1 of them has to hit the board as well (and then root for some chaos in the final spot of the trifecta).

This year Tacitus appears to have the best chance in the Derby. He has drawn beautifully with a lot of early pace to his inside, his speed figures hold up against all runners, is best suited for 10 furlongs, and has a fighter’s mentality as evidenced when he was unfazed while encountering a mountain of traffic during his Wood Memorial victory.

Of the rest, I think Tax, Game Winner, or Roadster should hit the board. Tax has an unfavorable post but is consistently one of the fastest in field. Game Winner has encountered tough trips in both 2019 races and it looks like he’ll move forward by the way he’s training this week. Roadster is also on the improve, though Mike Smith opted for Omaha Beach. 

All the trifectas are $0.50. 

1. Tacitus with Tax, Game Winner, Roadster with All (eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress)

2. Tacitus with All (eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress) with Tax, Game Winner, Roadster

3. Tax, Game Winner, Roadster with Tacitus with All (eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress)

4. Tax, Game Winner, Roadster with All (eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress) with Tacitus

5. All with eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress) with Tacitus with Tax, Game Winner, Roadster

6. All (eliminate Grey Magician, Master Fencer and Bodexpress) with Tax, Game Winner, Roadster with Tacitus

TOTAL=$135

Photo of Tacitus courtesy of NYRA