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Bet Kentucky Derby - Tracking The Hopefuls

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/5/2013 6:05:12 PM

The thing that makes the Kentucky Derby a puzzle locked in an enigma is that these horses will be trying to go a furlong further than they ever had in their career. This is a grueling situation for online sports betting site players to deal with and it even becomes tougher to win the other 2 legs of the Triple Crown in the next 5 weeks.

You don’t want a horse to peak at 2 if you want to win the Derby. You don’t want him to peak in March either. You want him just to be scratching the surface of his talent in Louisville while leaving enough in the tank to continue on the trail.

Another thing to think about when looking for the Kentucky Derby contender now is who is pulling the strings at the stable. We all know by now that Bob Baffert, Nick Zito, and D. Wayne Lukas will be putting the eggs in that one big Kentucky Derby basket. They shoot for the stars and it has been proven that they can get a horse to peak Derby Day.

In contrast, if a trainer is on the patient side, and is still aiming for the Derby in April, then this is probably a serious horse. Fusaichi Pegasus comes to mind. His trainer Neil Drysdale is one of the most patient trainers in the country. But nobody is better at pointing a horse for a certain race. And Drysdale proved it by winning the Kentucky Derby in 2000 with Pegasus.

In that same vein, if Shug McGaughey shows up in Louisville in early May with Orb, he’s not there for the Mint Juleps. He is also extremely patient.

The San Felipe and the Tampa Bay Derby will be renewed this weekend and there are some early indications about the possible starters.

The Sham winner Goldencents is possible for this online betting stepping-stone as is the Bob Baffert bullet known as Flashback.

The underrated trainer Paul Aguirre watched his Tiz a Minster win the California Breeders’ Championship and that runner may be saddled in the Felipe.

Recent maiden winner Salutos Amigos could take a shot in the Felipe too.

The Tampa Bay Derby figures to lure the talented Todd Pletcher student Verrazano. This son of More Than Ready could be a superstar.

Dynamic Sky, trained by Mark Casse, who is based in Canada, is coming off a 2nd in the Sam Davis so he is used to the Tampa surface.

Purple Egg could be looking for an early Easter present. He is trained by the high percentage Jane Cibelli and is fresh off a win.

Honorable Dillon will likely try this Tampa race considering he was impressive winning the Hutcheson at Gulfstream early in the season.

Falling Sky, trained by John Terranova, who ran second in last week’s Gotham with a rank outsider, jus won the Sam Davis and is coming to the race right.

Both Java’s War and Offlee Fast are trying to right the ship as the former was out of the money in a Grade 2 recently while the latter was recently 2nd in an allowance at Gulfstream.

As things heat up, remember it’s not just about winning some of these horse betting preps; it’s about how that is accomplished.


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