Minnesota's Zandon is early Kentucky Derby favorite
A thoroughbred owned by a Minnesotan is the early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.
Driving the news: Bettors placing wagers ahead the Saturday race see 3-year-old Zandon as the horse to beat following the announcement of gate placements.
- The colt's betting odds to win are 3-1.
The local angle: Zandon is owned by St. Cloud businessman Jeff Drown, co-founder of Lyon Contracting and co-owner of Trident Development. It's the developer's first time with a horse racing Churchill Downs.
- Another horse, Zozos, is owned by Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie; it is among six horses given 20-1 odds.
The intrigue: This year's Derby "features a deep field with no true favorite," the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg notes.
- Rival Epicenter might have come out ahead with a better spot at the starting line, he added.
What they're saying: "It's a great position to be in. I feel lucky to have the favorite. I think it's a close call between the two horses," Zandon trainer Chad Brown told the Star Tribune.
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