Kentucky Derby 2024: Just A Touch Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
Just A Touch horse

Just a Touch is a lightly-run horse with a Triple Crown pedigree, elite training, and a record of competing against top competition. The Blue Grass Stakes runner-up hasn’t missed the board in three races and posted consistently excellent Beyer Speed Figures (97s, enough for Derby consideration). He closed at 30-1 in 2024 Kentucky Derby odds – likely due to his untested nature ahead of the Grade-I Blue Grass – but that number will drop closer to May 4. Look for Just a Touch to be included in plenty of exotics to add juice to those tickets, and perhaps consider him yourself.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Just a Touch in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Just A Touch Horse Racing Profile

Record: 1-2-0 (3)

Owner: Multiple

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Trainer: Brad Cox

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 75 (9th)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Finished second in Blue Grass Stakes (GI)

Sire/Dam: Justify/Touching Beauty

Post position: 8

Morning line odds: 10-1

Just A Touch Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
4/6/24Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 miles1002nd
3/2/24Gotham (G3)1 mile972nd
1/27/23MSW6 furlongs971st

The Word On Just A Touch

Apr. 27: Opened at 10-1 on the morning line, running out of Post 8.

Apr. 7: Closed 30-1 in April’s Kentucky Derby futures pool, middle of the pack.

Apr. 6: Jumped out to set the pace with Top Conor in the Blue Grass Stakes and took the lead down the final stretch. However, Just a Touch was run down in the final hundreds of meters by Sierra Leone, who had more juice in the tank. Given his short history of sprints, length may be a concern in the Kentucky Derby. Posted a 100 Brisnet Speed Figure.

*Quotes courtesy of Churchill Downs Communications

Kentucky Derby Odds 2024

Unlike fixed-odds betting, odds for the Kentucky Derby will continue to move until post time, even if you place your bet today. Most odds movement occurs the day of and minutes before post.

Post PositionHorseMorning line oddsUpdated Kentucky
Derby odds
1.Dornoch20-122-1Danny GarganLuis Saez
2.Sierra Leone3-15-1Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione
3.Mystik Dan20-116-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez
4.Catching Freedom8-18-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
5.Catalytic30-132-1Saffie JosephJose Ortiz
6. Just Steel20-122-1D. Wayne LukasKeith Asmussen
7.Honor Marie20-113-1Whit BeckmanBen Curtis
8.Just A Touch10-110-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
9. EncinoScratchedScratchedBrad CoxAxel Concepcion
10.T O Passowrd (JPN)30-147-1Daisuke TakayanagiKazushi Kimura
11.Forever Young (JPN)10-16-1Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai
12.Track Phantom20-140-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
13.West Saratoga50-123-1Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon
14.Endlessly30-147-1Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli
15.Domestic Product30-128-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz
16. Grand Mo The First50-145-1Victor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo
17.Fierceness5-27-2Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez
18.Stronghold20-135-1Philip D’AmatoAntonio Fresu
19.Resilience20-129-1Bill MottJunior Alvarado
20.Society Man50-146-1Danny GarganFrankie Dettori
21.Epic Ride50-144-1John EnnisAdam Beschizza
22. MugatuScratchedScratchedJeff EnglerJoseph Talamo

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