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Betting Kentucky Derby - Those Who Would be King

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 4/10/2012 10:58:52 AM

The winners of last weekend’s Santa Anita Derby and the Wood Memorial have established themselves as major threats to win the Kentucky Derby in about 3 weeks and it’s important for online Kentucky Derby betting players to evaluate honestly each performance and adjust accordingly.

In the Wood, the race set up pretty much as projected with The Lumber Guy having a theft on his mind with My Adonis pressing him all the way.

At the top of the lane Gemologist was able to open up a length and a half lead and he barely held it together winning by a neck with a final time of 1:50.96 over Alpha to remain unbeaten after 5 sports betting races.

Alpha was three lengths clear of longshot Teeth of the Dog, a second stringer that takes his cues from Michael Matz, who also trains Union Rags.

Gemologist recorded a 98 Beyer in his Wood victory but the final time was about a full second slower than the prior two Wood winners.

Gemologist won without really paying all that much attention. He was looking around at horses turning for home but dug in when he saw Alpha coming. Having that extra gear is something that may not be there the first Saturday in May.

Out West, the party was in full swing as I’ll Have Another thrilled his fan base with a game nose win over the 4/5 favorite Creative Cause in 1:47.88, the fastest time since Point Given’s 1:47.77 11 years ago.

Another recorded a 94 Beyer.

J. Paul Reddam, the owner of I’ll Have Another and the financial company Cash Call, bused several hundred of his employees to Santa Anita to cheer for the boss’s charge and cheer they did.

The 42-1 shot Blueskiesnrainbows opened up a clear lead and ran well to hold third while over 3 lengths clear of a troubled Paynter.

I’ll Have Another only has put in one bad race and he had the excuse of slop that day. His rider, 25-year-old Mario Gutierrez, was plying his trade in Canada and this is obviously his biggest thrill in racing to date.

Creative Cause brought his A game to the Santa Anita Derby and pretty much got beat on the square with no excuses.

He had dead aim in the final 100 yards, just could not close the deal. Cause raced with the blinkers off for the first time in his career and his trainer was happy with the race, even in defeat. His trainer when asked if the blinks would stay off, Mike Harrington: “Sure, I mean, why not? He was more focused; I mean he never bobbled today. He’s not tired. He ran such a huge race last time (the San Felipe) he couldn’t improve on that race too much. This will set him up for the Kentucky Derby.”

Online players still have to remember, we have a long way to go before the open the gates Derby Day and anything can still happen. The hardest thing for the connections now is to keep their horses happy and healthy.

The sportsbook excitement is building and it’s only going to get better.

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