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Kentucky Derby Betting – Four Horses Favored To Win The “Run For The Roses”

Posted by Marco Sussman on 5/2/2013 7:33:45 PM

For sports betting players of all levels of experience, the Kentucky Derby is one of the best times you’ll find on the calendar. It is rare to find many events with the prestige and unpredictability of the “Run for the Roses”, which stands for the bouquet of roses that is draped around the neck of the winning thoroughbred.

The field has been tentatively set for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, but be sure that the field is confirmed before you place any bets because horses can drop out prior to the event and that could change how you place your wager. 

What: Horse Betting
When: Saturday, May 4th, post time TBA
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
Pick: Verrazano

Below are the odds you will find in the BetOnline sportsbook for the Kentucky Derby:

Black Onyx - +3500
Charming Kitten - +5000
Falling Sky - +5000
Fear The Kitten - +5000
Frac Daddy - +3500
Goldencents - +800
Golden Soul - +5000
Itsmyluckyday - +1500
Java’s War - +2500
Lines of Battle - +1800
Mylute - +2500
Normandy Invasion - +1200
Orb - +400
Overanalyze - +2000
Oxbow - +3500
Palace Malice - +2500
Revolutionary - +500
Verrazano - +400
Vyjack - +2200
Will Take Charge - +3500

It should come as no surprise that Verrazano, Revolutionary, Orb and Goldencents are the horse betting favorites for Saturday’s race, as each of the four thoroughbreds with the exception of Revolutionary are coming off wins in Grade-1 races; Revolutionary took the Grade-2 Louisiana Derby. Verrazano is the only horse to come into the Derby undefeated, and he has looked very good in all four starts, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if any of these four horses crossed the finish line first on Saturday. Goldencents may be the best value of the bunch because of his odds (just below the favorites), he has had the same jockey on his back for all six starts (Kevin Krigger) and will likely repeat that on Saturday, and trainer Doug O’Neill is coming off his big win with I’ll Have Another in last year’s Kentucky Derby.

Normandy Invasion, Itsmyluckyday and Lines of Battle are next in the horse betting pecking order for the Kentucky Derby, and these horses all had solid showings in their last races as well. The X-factor could be Lines of Battle, a horse that was bred in the United States, but has raced mostly overseas. He didn’t have a great appearance in his first start on U.S. soil, stumbling to seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in November, and this will be his first start on dirt.
He is trained by Aiden O’Brien, who is well known in Europe and in other places, and he has even notched a few big Breeders’ Cup wins in his career, but he has never won a Triple Crown race and this would really put him over in the eyes of North American thoroughbred horse racing fans as well as betting players as well.

It will take a few breaks here and there for horses like Vyjack, Palace Malice, Java’s War and Mylute to snatch a win, although there have been larger upsets in the Kentucky Derby and it is never good to take any horse off the table until you have come to a decision that is well thought out and researched.  In particular, you have to keep an eye on Vyjack, a horse that finished third in a strong field for the Grade-1 Wood Memorial and is one of the higher-rated horses on the board at some sites. With the odds that he is offering, Vyjack could be definitely a darkhorse to ride on Saturday.

How It Will Play Out

Still, the winner of this race will be Verrazano as the cream will rise to the top and it will make for an exciting and enthralling Kentucky Derby this weekend. The home stretch run could be one of the most thrilling in years, and even people that aren’t horse fans should tune into what has been called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports”.

You can take a chance and look at horses like Vyjack and he offers a ton of value for horse betting players, but if you want to stay on the safe side, check out Verrazano to go out and take the first jewel in the Triple Crown, and you can expect him to be an online betting favorite for the Preakness Stakes also.

Kentucky Derby Betting Pick: Verrazano


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