Kentucky Derby 2024: Sierra Leone Horse Racing Profile

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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Sierra Leone is one horse that will be near the top of 2024 Kentucky Derby odds leading up to race day. A product of decorated sire Gun Runner, this three-year-old likes to run at the back of the pack before using superior closing ability to disintegrate long gaps down the stretch. He took victories in the Blue Grass and Risen Star in 2024, beating out a very impressive field at Kenneland. With some of the top colts not running in the 150th Run for the Roses, Sierra Leone will continue to be a favorite.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Sierra Leone in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Sierra Leone Horse Racing Profile

Record: 3-1-0 (4)

Owner: Multiple

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Trainer: Chad Brown

Color: Dark Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 155 (1st)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Won Blue Grass Stakes (GI)

Sire/Dam: Gun Runner/Heavenly Love

Post position: 2

Morning line odds: 3-1

Sierra Leone Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
4/6/24Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 milesTBA1st
2/17/24Risen Star (G2)1 1/8 miles931st
12/2/23Remsen (G2)1 1/8 miles982nd
11/4/23MSW1 mile851st

The Word On Sierra Leone

Apr. 6: Sat in last of 10 horses for much of the Blue Grass Stakes before closing eight lengths in the last 1/4 mile. Still five lengths off at 1/8 mile, he took to the outside and passed the entire field, winning by a length.

Apr. 7: Closed the second favorite (7-1) in the Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 6 behind Fierceness. That number may drop leading up to post.

Apr. 25: “He did great this morning (at the gate),” trainer Chad Brown said Thursday. Sierra Leone delayed the start of the Blue Grass Stakes by being reluctant to load in the gate in front of the Keeneland grandstand.

Apr. 27: Opened at 3-1, the second favorite behind Fierceness, on the morning line. Sierra Leone will run out of Post 2.

*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 day-of and minutes prior to 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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