Kentucky Derby 2019

Kentucky Derby 2019: The winner of Saturday’s 2019 Kentucky Derby will secure a place in horse racing history, but narratives will expediently shift to whether a Triple Crown is set to follow. It’s finally time to decide who’s going to wear this year’s garland of roses at Churchill Downs.

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After 37 years without the accomplishment, two horses have achieved the pinnacle of the sport in the last four years. American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 2015, and Justify did the same in 2018.

The 2019 edition of Derby Day is here. At 6:50 p.m. ET, 19 horses will engage in the fastest two minutes in sports for their share of a whopping $3 million prize purse.

The early favorite for the 2019 Derby, Omaha Beach, has been pulled from the race because of illness. Haikal has also been scratched after suffering a foot abscess, which means there will only be 19 participants instead of the usual 20.

After much anticipation, the 2019 Kentucky Derby is here. A year after Justify conquered a muddy track to kick off his Triple Crown run, five-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert is back with three favorites atop the field for the 145th running. And despite some rainy forecasts, the excitement is high to see whether anyone can top Baffert’s contenders in Louisville.

With morning-line favorite Omaha Beach dropping out of the race with a breathing issue, Baffert’s Game Winner headlines his trio of favored Thoroughbreds set to take the track on Saturday evening. Among the other candidates to take this year’s world-famous race are Tacitus, who is trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott; and Maximum Security, who won the Florida Derby.

The biggest drama is yet to come, but there hasn’t been a shortage of news leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Once-favorite Omaha Beach will not race because of a trapped epiglottis. An infection led to the scratch of mid-tier contender Haikal. And since Omaha Beach is no longer in the race, jockey Mike Smith will instead pilot Cutting Humor.

The preeminent storyline is whether Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sees one of his horses win the Run for the Roses to tie Bob A. Jones for the most Kentucky Derby victories by a trainer with six.

Baffert trained Roadster, Game Winner and Improbable, which own the three shortest odds for the Derby.

With Omaha Beach out, the odds for the 2019 Kentucky Derby have been shaken up. Maximum Security is the new favorite, followed by Improbable and Tacitus. Fourth in the betting is Game Winner, but there are plenty of factors swinging in his favor.

First of all, he’s been trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is no stranger to the Churchill Downs faithful. Baffert has had five horses trained under him go on to win the Kentucky Derby in the past. Among those are Triple Crown winners American Pharaoh and Justify.

Game Winner is one of three Baffert-trained horses in this year’s race, along with Improbable and Roadster.

Game Winner also has an experienced jockey in Joel Rosario, who won the 2013 Kentucky Derby and the 2014 Belmont Stakes. He knows what it takes to win a race of this magnitude, as does seemingly everyone involved in getting Game Winner to Louisville.

Masters 2019

The 2019 Masters is a tradition unlike any other. Cell phones are prohibited on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, giving the tournament a nostalgic feel.

The majestic tree-lined course, rich with history, has seen legendary players like Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, and Phil Mickelson come away with green jackets over the last 82 years. Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia are the last two champions at Augusta, and they’re both going off at 60-1 in the current 2019 Masters odds.

Rory McIlroy is the favorite at 8-1 in the latest Masters Tournament odds and can complete the career grand slam with a win this week. Meanwhile, Woods has won the grand slam three times over and he’s 12-1 to win it all at Augusta, among the top 2019 Masters contenders.

The first 2019 Masters tee times are on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. ET, so amateur and professional bettors alike are running out of time to enter their picks on the 87-player field. Before you make your 2019 Masters picks and PGA predictions, see the projected leaderboard from the model at SportsLine.

SportsLine’s prediction model, built by DFS pro Mike McClure, has nailed four of the past eight majors entering the weekend, including Patrick Reed’s groundbreaking Masters win last year. It also called Tiger Woods’ deep run in last year’s PGA Championship despite being a 25-1 long shot.

The model has been spot-on early in the 2018-19 PGA Tour season. It was high on champion Dustin Johnson at the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship, projecting him as one of the top two contenders from the start. It also correctly predicted Brooks Koepka’s (9-1) victory at the CJ Cup earlier this season. Additionally, it correctly called Bryson DeChambeau’s (9-1) seven-shot victory at the 2019 Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Anyone who has followed the model is up huge.

Now that the 2019 Masters field is locked, SportsLine simulated the event 10,000 times, and the results were surprising. One huge shocker the model is calling for: Woods, a four-time champion and one of the top Vegas favorites, doesn’t even crack the top 10.

Woods, a 14-time major champion, won the first major of his career at Augusta National in 1997 and has 13 top-10 finishes at the Masters in 19 appearances as a professional. However, he recently had to withdraw from the Arnold Palmer Invitational, an event he has won eight times, due to a neck strain. And with Woods’ long list of injuries in recent years, the model doesn’t believe he’ll even come close to his fifth green jacket.

Plus, Woods’ last victory at Augusta National came all the way back in 2005. He also currently ranks 72nd on tour in driving accuracy (64.29 percent), which could cause major trouble at Augusta National, where the fairways are extremely tight and lined with trees. He’s not a strong pick to win it all and there are far better values in this loaded field than the 14-1 premium he’s commanding.

Another surprise at the Masters 2019: Bryson DeChambeau, a 25-1 long shot, makes a strong run at the title. He’s a target for anyone looking for a huge payday.

DeChambeau is making his third career start at the Masters this week. The 25-year-old finished 21st in his first start at Augusta and followed that up with a 38th-place showing last year. Despite his 2018 result, DeChambeau has made strong strides in his game. In fact, he’s won four PGA Tour events in the last year, which includes two victories in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. And he’s shot even par or better in five of his eight rounds at Augusta National.

The No. 6 player in the world has also proven he can fire low scores to propel him up the 2019 Masters leaderboard. In fact, DeChambeau ranks fifth on the PGA Tour in birdie average (4.79), having racked up 134 of them in 28 total rounds this season. He has also been spot-on off the tee, boasting a driving accuracy percentage of 67.68, good for 24th on tour, and is second in total driving with a combined accuracy and distance mark of 63.

Masters Golf 2019

Masters Golf 2019: Tiger Woods’ tee times for Thursday, how to watch live, April 11, 2019 7:10am EDT April 11, 2019 7:10am EDT Tiger Woods tees off Thursday in the first round at the 2019 Masters, beginning his pursuit of a fifth green jacket. Here’s how to keep tabs on Tiger from Augusta, including tee times, a TV schedule and live-streaming info.

Woods, ranked 12th in the world, last slipped on a green jacket 14 years ago and has been trying unsuccessfully to win a 15th major since 2008, his last. He’s played in five PGA events this season, failing to finish better than a tie for 10th (WGC-Mexico Championship). Woods’ 2018 Masters, his first time in the field after two years off, was a mixed bag (t-32), so there’s plenty of room for improvement. He’ll remain a betting favorite if by name only.

That won’t dull the intrigue around Woods, who many doubt can win another major. Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships is still far in the distance but the world is watching if the 43-year-old can make inroads in 2019.

Below is everything you’ll need to know to watch Tiger’s rounds at Augusta National. You can also follow our “Tiger Tracker” and a full live leaderboard for hole-by-hole updates throughout the tournament.
Masters 2019: Tiger Woods’ tee times

Tiger Woods will tee off at 11:04 a.m. ET on Thursday. He’s paired with Haotong Li and Jon Rahm for Round 1.
Round Time Pairing
1 11:04 a.m. ET Haotong Li, Jon Rahm
2 TBD …
3 TBD …

How to watch Tiger Woods at the Masters for free

All four days of the Masters will be featured on major networks. ESPN takes the first two days while CBS will broadcast the final two. Golf Channel and will provide additional coverage in the days leading up to and during the Masters. You can also live stream Rounds 3-4 by signing up for fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt will host ESPN’s coverage of the tournament and Jim Nantz will once again lend his voice for the final two rounds on CBS.
Date Time TV Channel
Thursday, April 11 3-7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Friday, April 12 3-7:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Saturday, April 13 3-7 p.m. ET CBS/fuboTV
Sunday, April 14 2-7 p.m. ET CBS/fuboTV