morning line

noun

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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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, baltimoresun.com, "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, AL.com, "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, SI.com, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 Two main challengers, Hofburg (No. 4, 9-2 odds as of the Tuesday morning line) and Vino Rosso (No. 8, 8-1) will be fresh, both skipping the Preakness. Nora Princiotti, BostonGlobe.com, "Bob Baffert is hoping for a good break for Justify in the Belmont Stakes," 6 June 2018 Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic is the 3-1 second choice in the morning line and drew the No. 5 hole. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby winner Justify is big early favorite for 2018 Preakness," 16 May 2018 Justify is the undefeated and lightly-raced (three starts) morning line favorite. Bob "railbird" Roberts, cleveland.com, "Kentucky Derby 2018: Newspaper handicappers know the drill," 4 May 2018 Rayya, at 12-1 on the morning line, is the filly to watch. Jeff Nahill, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Friday's Churchill Downs handicap," 3 May 2018

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circa 1935, in the meaning defined above

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