morning line


Definition of morning line 

: a bookmaker's list of entries for a race meet and the probable odds on each that is printed or posted before the betting begins

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Mendelssohn, who recently won the UAE Derby, has a morning line favorite at 5–1 and will start at the No. Charlotte Carroll,, "Get to Know Mendelssohn: The Horse Favored to Win the 2018 Kentucky Derby," 5 May 2018 The 5-year-old mare, who is the 6-5 morning line favorite, may have a more difficult path this year if vindication is the goal. Tim Dwyer,, "X Y Jet highlights Summit of Speed card," 29 June 2018 Justify was made the 1-to-2 favorite on the morning line Wednesday and could easily be bet down to something like 1-to-5 on race day. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Why it's impossible to pick against Derby winner Justify in the Preakness," 16 May 2018 Florida Derby winner Audible and UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn also might be in front of Magnum Moon in the odds when the morning line is released and when the horses go off in one week. Mark Inabinett,, "Kentucky Derby: When is the 2018 Run for the Roses?," 28 Apr. 2018 Kentucky Derby champion Justify will start from the seventh post as a 1-2 favorite in the morning line for Saturday’s 143rd Preakness at Pimlico Race Course. Childs Walker,, "Derby champ Justify to start Preakness from the No. 7 post as 1-2 favorite," 16 May 2018 The second-favorite in the morning line for Saturday's Kentucky Derby will have to overcome the weight of history -- if not jet lag -- to win the 144th Run for the Roses. Mark Inabinett,, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Well-traveled Mendelssohn seeks breakthrough," 3 May 2018 Backyard Heaven, a 4-year-old trained by Chad Brown, is the 6-5 favorite in the morning line. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify parade highlights Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs," 15 June 2018 Gronkowski, who opened on the morning line at 12-1 and was ignored up to 25-1 in the final betting, broke horribly and fell 12 lengths behind on the first turn. Tim Layden,, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018

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circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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