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Kentucky Derby Betting - Training To Win The Derby

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 3/13/2013 7:27:09 PM

A thoroughbred trainer has to intuitively know when to coddle and when to throw the gauntlet down when preparing his horse to attempt to win the Kentucky Derby and experience and just like in horse races every single day, the best horse doesn’t always win, as online sports betting site players know well.

When training a runner specifically for the grueling Triple Crown trail it is not enough to ‘breed the best to the best and hope for the best’, but you also need heart, luck, and the correct conditioning strategy.

Face it; a racehorse can weigh 1,000 pounds, running upwards of 40 miles per hour on legs that are supported by ankles as big as humans. To succeed, they need good care and excellent training

One thing is certain, being born with a silver spoon in your mouth does not automatically give you the birthright to run in or win the Derby or any of the classics. Consider the sales price for these Derby winners.

Funny Cide cost $22,000, War Emblem only cost 20 grand, Monarchos sold at 2 for a modest $170,000 and Bob Baffert went the beer rather than champagne route with Real Quiet and Silver Charm, who cost $17,000 and $16,500 respectively.

And one of the best horses of all time, Triple Crown hero Seattle Slew, only cost $17,500.

This year we are looking at some horse betting contenders that cost a ton and some runners that cost mere chump change.

Verrazano, the Tampa Bay Derby winner, cost $250,000 but the runners that chased him home in that race have relatively modest backgrounds.

Java’s War was 2nd to Verrazano and he is by a sire that commands only a $15,000 stud fee.

Falling Sky was third in the race and he cost only $16,000 and Dynamic Sky was 4th and that colt cost just a little over $25,000.

The Holy Bull winner Itsmayluckyday has earned over $425,000 but he only cost $110,00 and Vyjack, who is unbeaten and has earned nearly $450,000, only cost $100,000.

The point is the horse is the thing, not the price tag or the hype.

There is a reason there has not been a betting sites Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. It is a monumental feat for trainer and horse to be under the scrutiny and spotlight for 5 straight weeks.

A horse has to be good enough and lucky enough and fit enough to go a mile and a quarter the first Saturday in May, then ship 500 miles to Baltimore and cut back in distance, then 3 weeks later go a mile and a half with the world looking on.

A good trainer can’t make a slow horse run. The horse has to have talent, but a good trainer can bring out the best in a horse by finding out what the runner does best.

Listen and learn from years of web-culled quotes from those in the game: After the Preakness and Afleet Alex’s win in 2005, his trainer had this to say, Tim Ritchey: "I've been a trainer over 30 years, so you put your time in at the small tracks, you finally get an opportunity to find a horse of this ability, believe me, it's the horse. Horses make trainers, trainers don't make horses.

Bob Baffert after War Emblem won the Derby in 2002: “After Point Given, I wondered if I’d ever win another one of these again--it’s just too damn hard to win. This year, I took a different outlook: I’m going to get him and train that son of a gun the best I can and get him sharp and lead him up there and see what happens.”

On getting Charismatic, a reformed claimer, to win the 1999 Derby: D.Wayne Lukas: “I finally said, I think this horse is fat and lazy but I’m going to get him dead fit. I’m going to ask him to do things that he wouldn’t dream of. And I bore down on him, I drilled him, I treated him with tough love, if you want to call it that - and suddenly I had a fine-tuned athlete that went on to win the Derby, the Preakness and almost won the Belmont.”

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