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Breaking Down The Kentucky Derby Favorites Ahead Of Post Draw

Posted by Marco Sussman on 5/1/2013 7:57:13 PM

The annual Run for the Roses is right around the corner, and with the Kentucky Derby betting odds about to be set with the announcement of the post-positions, it is important to get on the action early on. The 139th installment of the Kentucky Derby will have a slightly different feel to it, as the increased security might take away from the actual atmosphere of arguably the most prestigious race in the world of horse racing. However, a strong field will keep the majority of the focus on the race itself, beginning with a horse named Verazzano, which is among the early favorites to win the race.

Verazzano is the early sports betting favorite to win the Kentucky Derby thanks to an excellent start to its career, as this horse has now won four-straight races including most recently the Wood Memorial. This horse was billed as a potential Derby winner even before the Wood, and while getting the job done in that race was important to remaining among the favorites, the horse’s critics have doubted its ability to win such a long race at Churchill Downs in part because of how narrow Verazzano’s win at the Wood actually was. Most sites have Verazzano listed at around 9/2 to win the Kentucky Derby, but that number could change depending on whether or not the horse gets a favorable draw. Trainer Todd Pletcher is world renowned, and Verazzano will also have one of the top jockeys in the world riding in John Velasquez.

Another horse that could steal the spotlight from Verazzano is Orb, the Florida Derby winner that is trending upward heading in to the race. Orb didn’t have an easy time at that race either, but a strong showing combined with a strong pedigree has really boosted its stock. A winner of four consecutive starts including back-to-back performances at the Gulfstream Park, Orb will look to finally give Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey that elusive Kentucky Derby win that he has been chasing for so long. One more interesting note that players should consider is that Orb will have Joel Rosario as its jockey after Velasquez opted to ride Verazzano, which could be read in to however each online sportsbook player chooses to.

With the 20-horse field set and all that is left to change the outlook of the race being the post draw, now is a good time to jump on either Verazzano or Orb. Both Revolutionary and the Rick Pitino-owned Goldencents have received some endorsements heading in to the race as well, and Overanalyze has been hyped up as a potential sleeper pick, but right now it looks like it will come down to these two favorites in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Verazzano was the big favorite in the weeks before the race, but it could be Orb that goes off as the favorite depending on how the two horses fare when the post draw happens later on this week.

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