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Bet On Kentucky Derby - Next Stop, Kentucky

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/17/2012 12:35:41 PM

The two winners of the major preps last weekend, the Blue Grass Stakes and the Arkansas Derby, were both impressive in their own right but they accomplished the victories with opposite strategies and online Kentucky Derby betting players have to try to project which style will succeed at Churchill Downs.

They say racing is dead but the 40,617 fans on hand at Keeneland Saturday didn’t get that memo. And they came with pockets full as over $21 million was handled on the day.

As for the Blue Grass winner Dullahan, who a half bro to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, he came out of the race in good shape after posting the winning 98 Beyer under Kent Desormeaux, who has also won the Kentucky Derby thrice before in 1998, 2000, and 2008.

The Blue Grass seemed to have a load of speed on paper but it didn’t bother Hansen, who opened up a rather easy lead through splits of :46.64 and 1:11.32. The runner had a two and a half length lead at the top of the lane after only being pressed moderately and then reality set in.

Dullahan collared him with 40 yards to go and was not pummeled with the whip going past the finish line. There is a concern the way he pulled up as he looked a little stiff, but that can happen after a tough race.

According to Trakus, which records individual sectional times and distance covered for races at Keeneland, Dullahan ran the final sixteenth of a mile 0.46 seconds faster than Hansen.

Dullahan is 0 for 3 at Churchill, but he was inching toward Hansen late in that runner’s BC Juvenile victory.

Bodemeister will be trying to join Sunny’s Halo and Smarty Jones as those lucky enough to parlay an Arkansas Derby sports bet score to glory the first Saturday in May in the Run for the Roses.

The son of Empire Maker did what Hansen could not do, and that’s take them flag fall to that’s all after splits of :46.55 and 1:11. 36. Bob Baffert trains the winner and the second place finisher Secret Circle.

Bodemeister was visually impressive the way he lengthened his lead from 3 lengths to 9 and a half at the wire and the Beyer he earned, 108, is sensational for this time of the season.

This was a must win for Bodemeister as he didn’t have enough Graded earnings going into the race to get to Kentucky. His stakes winning dam won a couple of sprints and this is her first to race. Future backers have to hope Bodemeister gets his stamina from his sire, which won the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes among other Graded events.

Bodemeister’s trainer after the win from the Oaklawn site, Baffert: “The key to this horse is keeping him quiet in the post parade. He really got hot in his last race. Secret Circle ran a great race too. He’s shipped in there three times and run hard each time.”

The concern about getting hot for Bodemeister is a real one especially when you consider the expected throng at Churchill at Kentucky Derby Day.

Don’t be shocked if Bodemeister doesn’t get such and easy sportsbook lead next time.


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