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About the Kentucky Derby
It is the most famous horse race in America, run at Churchill Downs racecourse. This showpiece event of American horse racing takes place on the first Saturday in May.
It is the first leg of the elusive US Triple Crown, which is completed by the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and the Belmont Stakes at New York’s eponymous racetrack. It was won in 2014 by cheaply-bred superstar California Chrome, trained by 77-year-old Art Sherman. The colt went off as favorite and romped to victory before following up again 10 days later in the Preakness.
Odds for Kentucky Derby Betting 2015
The Latest Kentucky Derby Betting Odds 2015 with Bovada Sportsbook are (in racecard order): 1. OCHO OCHO OCHO 25/1; 2. CARPE DIEM 17/2; 3. MATERIALITY 16/1; 4. TENCENDUR 50/1; 5. DANZIG MOON 33/1; 6. MUBTAAHIJ 12/1; 7. EL KABEIR 33/1; 8. DORTMUND 15/4; 9. BOLO 40/1; 10. FIRING LINE 16/1; 12. INTERNATIONAL STAR 25/1; 13. ITSAKNOCKOUT 33/1; 14. KEEN ICE 50/1; 15. FROSTED 16/1; 16. WAR STORY 50/1; 17. Mr. Z 50/1; 18. AMERICAN PHAROAH 13/5; 19. UPSTART 22/1; 20. FAR RIGHT 40/1; 21. FRAMMENTO 50/1.
Race Time: 6.24pm ET, Saturday, May 2
Try betting on jockeys with Kentucky Derby form
Calvin Borel has made the Kentucky Derby betting his own in recent years, winning three and placing twice in the last eight runnings of the run for the roses. And if you are wagering that it is just because Borel has chanced upon the best horses, well you would simply be wrong.
The rides on 2007 hero Street Sense, the first of his winning trio, and Mine That Bird (2009) proved how courageous Borel is. He had the courage to lie well off blistering paces and allow all the other jockeys to post suicidal fractions.
Once their horses were spent forces, Borel cut through them all. Not only that, he always hugs the inside rail, earning him the nickname of ‘Bo-rail!’ In 2010 it was Super Saver‘s turn to get the Borel inside run treatment. It gave Todd Pletcher his first triumph as a trainer in the Kentucky Derby betting. Pletcher was merely stating the obvious when announcing that nobody can ride Churchill Downs quite like Borel.
In 2009, Mine That Bird was an unfancied 50/1 outsider and while the horse was proven no mug, he was proven no true champion by subsequent events. It was Borel alone who won that race with extreme hold-up tactics and a paint-scraping run round the inner.
Borel is not the only rider with great stats in the big race. Kent Desormeaux is certainly worth a mention as he too has won three. He bids to follow up his victories in 1998, 2000 and most lately with Big Brown in 2008. Kent was also third in 2012 on Dullahan. After a battle with alcoholism Kent is back but failed to secure a ride in the 2014 run for the roses.
It is clear that the undisputed king of the jocks at Churchill Downs has to be Borel. In 2014 year he got the mount on trainer “Bronco” Bill Gowan’s stable star Ride On Curlin, but it all went horribly wrong. He was drawn badly on the wide outside. So typically Borel missed the kick and tracked left across the track to the rail. However unfortunately the pace up front was tepid for once and off those slow fractions Ride On Curlin didn’t have any speed to run at. When the front runners began to come back to him they were not doing it fast enough and he ran into a whole host of traffic problems. It does look ugly when extreme hold-up tactics come unstuck.
However nine times out of ten there is blistering speed in the race as even seasoned jockeys go mad – think Mike Smith on Bodemeister who would have won in 2012 but was runner-up to I’ll Have Another after setting a suicidal pace. What an amazing horse Smith’s mount was that day to hang on for second as a lesser individual would have stopped as if shot in the final sixteenth. Smith then repeated the mistake 12 months later, again going mad on the front end to set up victory for rival Orb in 2013. You are better off wagering on a stalker rather than a blazer in the Kentucky Derby betting and his errant ways have made Mike Smith a jockey to avoid for the big race.
Who else has shown an above average affinity with Churchill Downs? Well, Victor Espinoza won the big race in 2002 (War Emblem) and 2014 (California Chrome), which is a fair performance for a jockey who who earns his bread and butter out of California. He showed a calm head in both victories. Espinoza can certainly handle the pressure unlike one guy we have already mentioned and he is certainly a safe pair of hands for your Kentucky Derby betting wager.