2009 Kentucky Derby Current Odds and Preview
Date: Saturday May 1st, 2010
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville KY
Post Time: 6:04 PM (EST)
TV Network: 5-7 p.m. EDT NBC
Ready for the 2010 Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville. With the first leg of this year’s Triple Crown, the 136th Kentucky Derby on tap for a few weeks from Churchill Downs it is time to look the top 10 horses in this year’s Triple Crown rankings.
Here are the current odds, as supplied by Bodog.com along with a preview of my top seven horses for Saturday’s race.
With early favorite, Eskendereya out of the running with filling in his leg the field is suddenly wide open with a number of horses having a legitimate shot to win.
Lookin at Lucky
Despite a third place finish in the Santa Anita Derby in early April after winning the Rebel Stakes on March 13th, this Bob Baffert trained horse should go off as the odds-on-favorite to win the Kentucky Derby and thus become the #1 Triple Crown contender.
This John Sadler trained horse rapidly shot up the rankings after winning the Santa Anita Triple Crown; the San Vicente Stakes, the San Filipe Stakes, and the Santa Anita Derby.
After winning the grade I Blue Grass Stakes as a 40-1 long shot, everyone quickly forget about his previous four off the board finishes. Trained by Mike Maker, this could be one of the surprise horses of the year.
Trained primarily in England by Jeremy Noseda, he was shipped over earlier in the year and won the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct. In his last race he finished third in the Wood Memorial.
An early Derby favorite after a strong two year old campaign, he finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby and second in the Arkansas Derby as a three year old. He is trained by Todd Pletcher and is expected to be ridden by last year’s Derby winner; Calvin Borel.
Devil May Care
Pletcher decided to run this Filly in the Derby and not the Kentucky Oaks after Eskendereya was scratched from the field. Ridden by John Velazquez, she won the Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream back in March.
After a couple of close finishes; second in the Southwest Stakes, third in the Rebel Stakes, and third in the Arkansas Stakes, this D. Wayne Lucas trained horse figures to be right in the mix for the Derby.
This horse could possibly be Pletcher’s best shot for a win in Kentucky. After a fourth place finish in the Southwest Stakes, he shocked the field with an upset victory in the Louisiana Derby.
After finishing a disappointing fifth in the Fountain of Youth in his three year old debut, he showed his true potential by winning the Florida Derby in his next outing. He is trained by Nick Zito and will most likely be ridden by Jose Lezcano.
Trained by Dale Romans, this horse finally broke his maiden by winning the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream back in early March. In his last outing he finished a strong second Blue Grass Stakes.
With Eskendereya, the best prospect in this year’s field of three year olds, out of the Derby the odds of having a Triple Crown winner this year dramatically decreased. None the less, a horse like Lookin at Lucky could still pull it off provided he gets by a strong field of contenders in this Saturday’s race.
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