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SportsWatch: 2018 Kentucky Derby: A 139-year-old horse is the key to a winning betting strategy

The field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby is one of the strongest and most competitive in years, most horse-racing experts concede. But it may be a horse that was born in 1879 and won the Derby in 1882 that has the most to say about the outcome this Saturday.

That horse is Apollo. He is the last horse to win the Derby that did not race as a 2-year-old. The so-called Curse of Apollo has become a key handicapping strategy for America’s most famous horse race and this year holds extra significance because neither the early 3-1 Derby favorite Justify nor morning-line third choice Magnum Moon started at age 2.

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