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Kentucky Derby Betting – Favorites Look Dangerous Heading into 2011 Derby

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 23:29

Kentucky Derby Betting OddsWith the Florida Derby now in the rearview mirror, the stage is set for this year’s “Run For The Roses” at the historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. 20 of the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds will hear the call to post cry out over the grand speakers before the most prestigious horse racing event in North American gets underway for the 137th time, and while it is still about a month away, there is already one horse that has separated itself from the pack as the online sports betting favorite to win this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Uncle Mo is slated as the 10/1 favorite to win this year’s Kentucky Derby, way ahead of the rest of the pack with a month to go before the May 7th race. An impressive finish at the mile-long Gulfstream Park race Timely Writer only enhanced the odds that this horse will come out on top in the first leg of the Triple Crown, and while Repole Stable elected not to enter its horse in the Florida Derby, there is every reason to think that it is still the frontrunner to race. That has a lot to do with the fact that Uncle Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher, the same man that oversaw 2010 Derby winner Super Saver.

A four-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s most outstanding horse betting trainer, Pletcher will undoubtedly have Uncle Mo ready for jockey John Valasquez, a veteran that understands how to get the most out of his horses.

There is a notable gap between Uncle Mo and the rest of the field in terms of odds, one that likely won’t change unless the favorite receives an unfavorable draw when the post position are determined. Dialed In comes in second in terms of sports betting bonus odds at  35/1, with a new outlook on the horse that improved after an incredible run at the Florida Derby. The Nick-Zito trained horse finished first at the 1 1/8 mile race at Gulfstream Park for its second win of the year, and has already proven that it can run the long distance it will need to cover at Churchill Downs, something that Uncle Mo has yet to do. Zito has already trained a couple of Kentucky Derby winners, and there is no reason to think that a favorable post position will result in anything less than Dialed In showing.

To Honor And Serve comes in at 40/1 ahead of a tandem of horses that are 50/1 favorites in Premier Pegasus and The Factor. To Honor And Serve managed to show at the Florida Derby earlier this month, and should be ready to handle the 1 ¼ mile race a month from now. Bill Mott has trained seven starters for the Kentucky Derby, but none appeared to have as good of a shot to finish first as To Honor And Serve does in 2011. A lot will be determined by where the favorites open the race once the post position is determined,but with the exception of a highly unfavorable pay per head draw there is little reason to think any of them will finish out of the top-five.

 
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