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Kentucky Derby Betting - Derby Look Ahead

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/3/2012 5:23:40 PM

With the Breeders’ Cup in the books and Santa Claus around the corner, now is as good a time as any for online sports betting site players to glance at the early contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.             

The case has to start with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby. The runner has the right teacher in Todd Pletcher, who won the Derby in 2010 with Super Saver.

The son of Harlan’s Holiday broke on to the scene in April of this year as chalk and promptly won his debut by 4.

He rested for 2 months and took a minor stakes at Belmont and then had his coming out party taking the Hopeful and the Champagne before wrapping up the Eclipse Award on BC Day.

The colt was fully extended that day but he comes into 2013 unbeaten in 5 starts. The concern is the distance. Can he get the classic mile and a quarter trip in Kentucky?

He is the first from dam Steelin’ who took a stakes at Fairplex, won 5 of 24, banked $185,000, but was purely a sprinter.

If you go deep in the horse betting pedigree, you’ll find Grade 1 winner City Band and Spiral Ring, who graduated at a mile and a sixteenth in Japan and was beaten a nose there going 9 furlongs.

The jury is still out if Bobby can go far enough to succeed the first Saturday in May and with the Derby pace always hectic, he has some things to prove.

There is a case that can be made that He’s Had Enough was best in the BC Juvenile. He was forced to steady but still was only beaten a dirty head.

Trained by last year’s Derby trainer Doug O’Neill, He’s Had Enough has a very attractive pedigree. He is kin to Grade 3 winner, near $350,000 earner and 5 for 22 racer Kindergarten Kid.

The Kid could run some obviously and one thing that must be known is that this runner won at a mile and a half on grass in the Sycamore.

Overanalyze must be given respect. He was a 3-5 winner at Saratoga in his debut, was between horses in his next start, blew a Grade 2 field away, had a rough trip in Kentucky and then end the season in last November winning the Grade 2 Remsen in game style when the show horse was nearly 17 lengths clear of the nearest foe.

The blood is also there for Overanalyze to thrive. He is kin to Grade 1 winner and over $300,000 earner Meadow Breeze, who won that race at 34-1 and was sprint only.

As the weeks and months add up on the road to the Derby, online sports players have to look for a runner that is set to peak at just the right time.

You can’t squeeze the betting sites lemon dry in this pursuit and a runner has to be ready to run his absolute best race on May 4th of next year.


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