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Kentucky Derby Online Betting - What Just Happened

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/3/2012 5:47:25 PM

“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” was a Tony Award winning play but an unfunny thing happened to Union Rags on his way to the Kentucky Derby betting as Take Charge Indy beat him Saturday in the Florida Derby. The winner did take charge taking the lead and going wire-to-wire for the online betting victory.

Take nothing away from the upset winner. One of the best things he has going for him is the partnership with Calvin Borel, who has won the Kentucky Derby 3 times in the last 5 years.

Saturday, he rode this son of A.P. Indy beautifully, opening up a length, taking a little hold and backing off on the throttle, then holding sway by a length to pay $17.40. He was timed in 1:48.79 with a Beyer of 95 and his connections were not surprised.

Interestingly, the Florida Derby was kind of an online sportsbook after thought for his connections as they were aiming for a race at Tampa.

His trainer Pat Byrne: “He’s been training great and Borel did a super job. When we ran January 28 we really didn’t think he’d run as hard as he did against El Padrino. He ran hard that day, and he got tired. He needs 5, 6 weeks, at least between races, so that’s the reason we took aim at the Tampa race. When we were sitting there and he drew the 10 hole, he said ‘that colt is doing so well, why don’t be take a shot in the Florida Derby’”

As all horseplayers know, there are no concretes in this sport.

His rider is confident, too.

Borel: “This horse has the breeding to go on down the road.”

Take Charge Indy’s pedigree screams quality. His sire took the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His dam won multiple Grade 1s and banked over $2.4 million taking half of her 22 starts. She won several stakes at 9 furlongs and was 2nd beaten 6 in her lone try at a mile and a quarter.

As for Union Rags, he sprung his right hind shoe in the paddock and it had to be tacked back on. His trainer had this to say, Michael Matz: “He sprung his right hind shoe in the paddock, but I don’t think it was a big deal. We had to tack it back on. Julien (Leparoux) said Javier (Castellano) was on him the whole time down the backside, but that’s just race-riding. He said he should have been closer the way the track has been right now. Horses aren’t coming back. The rider said he didn’t get out in time and the way the track is today, you had to be close to the pace. I’m not going to trade with anybody. It’s just unfortunate how it turned out today, but he can’t help that. It was just one of those things.”

To put the win in a betting websites perspective, you had to be close to the lead Saturday to have the best chance at winning so you can make a case that Union Rags was running against a speed bias.

And remember, even the great Secretariat lost his final prep for the Kentucky Derby when beaten 4 lengths in the Wood Memorial by Angle Light.

NASCAR fans had a vehicle now in Indy but Rags will like to fight another day.

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