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Kentucky Derby Favorites - Aspirations

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 1/23/2012 4:58:29 PM
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Staying young is about thinking young and that is one of the great things about the Triple Crown for all online sportsbook bettors as all of the sophomore crop with any degree of talent have aspirations to star the first Saturday in May in the Kentucky Derby.

This season appears to be wide open and it’s possible the true leaders of the divisions are still in the background, but online players should be prepared to follow a few of the following youngsters as they try to grow into their skin.

The 2-year-old champion Hansen was as game as they come winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to remain unbeaten and although he has the advantage of proving himself at Churchill he was losing ground in the lane.

He started his sport betting comeback the day before Christmas and posted a solid 1:00 2/5 work at Gulfstream on January 7. Bred to roll long on the top being by Tapit, he is out of a three for 4 dam that was sprint only. Lone sibling Tapanna won twice, both at a mile on the synthetic at Turfway.

As brilliant as he is, he will muddle the pace if he shows in May but it’s hard to see him getting the classic distance at this point.

The runner-up in the Juvenile, Union Rags, had a rough trip that day and he started his regimen at Palm Meadows on January 11 and his style suggests he will thrive with more real estate.

Creative Cause has the blood to run long and he is obviously talented. By the Storm Cat sire Giant’s Causeway, he is out of a dam that is by a stout influence and the way he came away late winning the Norfolk last year at Santa Anita suggests he will be a true force.

The West Coast hopes will surround the improvement of Liason, a son of Indian Charlie who won the Cash Call Futurity. In the right hands of Bob Baffert, this guy cost nearly $300,000, he’s only lost once and he had an excuse that day and he has proven he has no problem passing horses.

Baffert is already cranking this guy up as he drilled in a best of 16 bullet workout of 1:11 flat at Santa Anita on January 19.

Gemologist, trained by Todd Pletcher, had a solid campaign last year and has a right to run till the cows come home as he is by 2-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow.

Sabercat won the Delta Downs Jackpot and we’ll learn more about him when he shows in the San Felipe Stakes.

Peruvian star Fly Lexis Fly takes his lessons from world-class horseman Neil Drysdale and will get tested for class in the Santa Anita Derby.

With Super Bowl betting in sight, you never want to go Out of Bounds, but the runner by that name was impressive taking the Sham Stakes and the pedigree screams distance as he is kin to Etched, who handled slop taking the 9 furlong Meadowlands Cup, won a Grade 2 at Monmouth at the same demanding distance and was compromised when he tired the Breeders’ Cup Classic when he broke slowly and had to rush up.

These are the prominent names but all that will change in the following weeks and we all need to pay attention.

More to come.

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