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Betting On Kentucky Derby - Defining the Real Preps

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/4/2013 5:58:48 PM

For online sports betting site fans that follow all sports, some came be marathons but as far as the Kentucky Derby is concerned, there are preps and there are real preps.
Granted, baseball is a beautiful game and it unfolds through 162 regular season games. The NBA will force 82 games a season on to their fans when it was obvious that with a shortened season, things can play out just fine and a true champ can be crowned.

The great thing about football is that in a short winterized schedule, the drama unfolds weekly coast-to-coast producing the most rabid fans.

Horseracing is different. Approaching the Kentucky Derby, contenders can come from a far away place like Sunland Park or the more glorious venues in New York, Florida, Kentucky and California.

The thing that online betting players must realize is that there are preps that are meaningful in a historic sense, and other preps that are just on the schedule.

And with the advent of synthetic surfaces, the real players are even harder to identify sometimes.

Last year, I’ll Have Another prepped in California and his only poor race ever came at Saratoga on a sloppy surface.

He parlayed a win in the Santa Anita Derby to a 15-1 victory in the Kentucky Derby but that was an unusual parlay of late.

In the prior 10 years, three prep races were key: the Arkansas Derby, the Florida Derby and the Tampa Bay Derby.

Combined, they have a total of 61 Kentucky Derby starters for 6 wins, 4 seconds and 4 thirds.

Street Sense won the Tampa Bay Derby to find glory in the Run for the Roses.

Going into last year, since 2002, 24 exited the Florida Derby to run the first Saturday in May and two horse, Barbaro and Big Brown won.

As far as overall Triple Crown impact, the Arkansas Derby has been very important. Both Smarty Jones and Super Saver exited that race to win in Kentucky. Curlin exited that race to win the Preakness and Summer Bird exited the ARK Derby to take the Belmont Stakes.

To go a step further, since 1992 four winners of the Florida Derby have won the Kentucky Derby and 3 ran second.

Fusaichi Pegasus took the New York route in 2000 to parlay success in the Wood Memorial to a victory at Churchill in a rare deviant style.

Last year was resurgence for the Santa Anita Derby but don’t discount this prep. Stars like Affirmed, Majestic Prince, Winning Colors, Silver Charm and Sunday Silence came out of the SA Derby to win the Kentucky Derby.

The horse betting bottom line is that nothing means anything unless it happens right now, right in the flesh and right before your very eyes.

But they say history repeats itself and that is why players have to pay attention to the past.

Remember, this is a traditional sport; horsemen have been using some of the same ways to get horses to win races for decades so it only goes to logic to pay strict attention to what has gone on before.


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