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Kentucky Derby Betting Preview

2009 Kentucky Derby Current Odds and Preview

Date: Saturday May 2nd, 2009
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville KY
Post Time: 6:04 PM (EST)
TV Network: NBC, 5:00PM (EST)

This Saturday will be the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville. Horse racing’s premier event is for three-year-old thoroughbreds. This is the first leg in horse racing’s fabled Triple Crown with the Preakness and Belmont to follow. The Derby has one of the largest fields of any major race with as many as 19 horses scheduled to make the “Run for the Roses.”Here are the current odds, as supplied by Bodog.com along with a preview of my top seven horses for Saturday’s race.

Chocolate Candy (14-1) Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer, Jockey: Mike Smith. With a big win earlier in the year in the California Derby, this horse has been slowly moving up the power rankings. This is one to keep an eye on as a possible upset special.

Desert Party (16-1) Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor, Jockey: Ramon Dominguez.Online Horse Betting Not much to go by on this horse as all his prep work this year has been in Dubai. He did win the Sanford in Saratoga last season. 

Dunkirk (9-2) Trainer: Todd Pletcher, Jockey: Edgar Prado. Although he does not have an extensive racing history, his overall speed has caught the eye of the handicappers and is currently one of the top two favorites.

Friesan Fire (13-2) Trainer: Larry Jones, Jockey: Gabriel Saez. Good finishing speed as he came from behind to win the Louisiana Derby by 7 ¼ lengths. He is a strong competitor and should be right near the top in this one.

I Want Revenge (5-2) Trainer: Jeff Mullins, Jockey: Joe Talamo. This horse loves to run on dirt and should feel right at home on Churchill’s track. A big winner in the Wood Memorial in Aqueduct, this horse is the current odds on favorite to win the Derby.

Pioneer of the Nile (6-1) Trainer: Bob Baffert, Jockey: Garrett Gomez. A couple of big wins this season including the Santa Anita Derby has this horse right up there at the top of the pack. Strong workouts in Louisville have this horse’s stock on the rise as I expect these odds to come down a bit by post time.

Popa Clem (15-1) Trainer: Gary Stute, Jockey: Rafael Bejarano.  Despite some earlier health concerns, his strong showing in the Arkansas Derby, holding off Old Fashioned for the win, has him right in the mix.

A few other horses to keep an eye on before Post Time are Hold Me Back currently 25-1 and Regal Ransom at 20-1.

This should be one of the tightest run Derby’s in the past few years as there at least four or five horses that have a solid chance of winning and quite a few more that are capable of pulling off the upset.

 My predictions for the 135th Running of the Roses:

Win- Chocolate Candy           

Place- Pioneer of the Nile      

Show- Friesan Fire

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