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Pete Mitchell Picks Lexington, Illinois Derby Winners!

Posted by BetOnline Staff on 4/22/2013 5:15:01 PM

Who: Thoroughbreds – Winning Cause, Departing
What: Horse Racing Betting Tips – The Lexington, The Illinois Derby
Where: Keeneland, Hawthorne
When: Saturday, April 20th

Pete Mitchell nailed the winners of last weekend’s two major stakes races for three-year-olds…The Lexington at Keeneland and The Illinois Derby at Hawthorne!

Check out these payoffs:

The Lexington – Winning Cause   $15.60   $8.20   $6.00
The Illinois Derby – Departing        $5.80   $3.60   $3.00
Here's what Pete wrote on our website last Friday:

The Lexington:

“If you’re a proponent of the “horse for the course” angle, Winning Cause (2-for-2 on the Keeneland Main Track) is the way to go in Saturday’s 32nd Running of The Lexington Stakes.

Of the 11 horses entered in The Lexington, only #1-Winning Cause (5-1) has raced over the Keeneland main oval. In fact, eight of the other ten competitors have never raced on polytrack.

I’ll take a shot with #1-Winning Cause, who loves the Keeneland main track. Jockey Julien Leparoux got familiar with this well-bred colt last out with a fast-closing victory over entry-level allowance types. By Giant’s Causeway out of a Kingmambo mare, Winning Cause should handle the stretchout, and extend his Keeneland main-track mark to three-for-three. I’ll bet on Winning Cause to win and place at odds of 4-1 or better.”

The Illinois Derby:

I’ve been a big fan of #13-Departing (7-2) since his stretchout win vs. entry-level allowance company at Fair Grounds on February 1st. I thought he was a legitimate threat to win The Risen Star at a price, but trainer Al Stall scratched him due his wide post. He won The Texas Heritage at Sam Houston a week later as the odds-on choice. He finished a respectable third in The Louisiana Derby, and afterwards it was found that he had bled slightly in that race. Departing will be getting Lasix for the first time in The Illinois Derby, with regular rider Brian Hernandez retaining the mount. Departing blew out sharply on Sunday at Churchill Downs, earning the bullet (fastest of 43 at the distance) for his efforts.

I’ll bet on Departing to win at odds of 2-1 or better. (We missed our target price by $.20, with Departing dipping below 2-1 at post time.)

Stick with a winner! Check out Pete Mitchell’s articles every Friday in the Betting Edge section of for Free Picks and Analysis.

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