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Friday, May 5, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Friday, May. 5, 2017 5:44 PM UTC

Which three-year-old will grab the glory and the money this first Saturday in May in the Bluegrass State? Let’s look at post positions and odds for the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks and make some hopefully profitable picks.

For now we have a full, 20-horse field for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday afternoon from historic Churchill Downs in potentially rainy Louisville, Kentucky as the Run For The Roses kicks of Horse Racing’s annual Spring Triple Crown racing schedule.


Kentucky Derby Draw Sees Favorites Avoiding Any Dangerous Rail, Outside Post Positions

This Saturday, Horse Racing’s Triple Crown gets off to its annual bang with the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky (NBC, 6:34 p.m. ET post) and this prestigious 1¼-mile race between the top 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will set the stage for the coming Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore (Saturday, May 20) followed by the grueling Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in Elmont, NY (Saturday, June 10).

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The four chalky-est horses with odds under 10/1 for the Derby—Classic Empire, McCraken, Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry—all avoided extreme inside and outside Post Positions with Lookin At Lee (20/1, Open odds, Mike Battaglia, Churchill Downs) getting the rail and the No. 1 saddlecloth while Patch (30/1) drew the dreaded No. 20 outside spot, a position where only two horses have ever ended up winning from (Clyde van Dusen, 1929; Big Brown, 2008). Here are post positions for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby from Wednesday’s draw with opening odds from Churchill Downs linesmaker Mike Battaglia:

2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Opening Odds

1—Lookin At Lee 20/1

2—Thunder Snow 20/1

3—Fast And Accurate 50/1

4—Untrapped 30/1

5—Always Dreaming 5/1

6—State Of Honor 30/1

7—Girvin 15/1

8—Hence 15/1

9—Irap 20/1

10—Gunnevera 15/1

11—Battle of Midway 30/1

12—Sonneteer 50/1

13—J Boys Echo 20/1

14—Classic Empire 4/1

15—McCraken 5/1

16—Tapwrit 20/1

17—Irish War Cry 6/1

18—Gormley 15/1

19—Practical Joke 20/1

20—Patch 30/1

AE—Royal Mo 50/1

AE—Master Plan 50/1


2017 Kentucky Oaks Post Positions, Opening Odds

1—Ever So Clever 20/1

2—Lockdown 20/1

3—Mopotism 20/1

4—Paradise Woods 5/2

5—Jordan’s Henny 30/1

6—Vaxatious 20/1

7—Farrell 5/1

8—Sailor’s Valentine 30/1

9—Wicked Luck 30/1

10—Miss Sky Warrior 9/2

11—Tequilita 20/1

12—Daddys Lil Darling 20/1

13—Abel Tasman 5/1

14—Salty 6/1

AE—Summer Luck 30/1

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How To Pick A Kentucky Derby Winner


Speed Horse Irish War Cry Worth a Look in The Run For The Roses on Saturday

The Kentucky Derby may end up being sloppy with rain possibly dampening this year’s Run For The Roses (20% chance), but in past handicaps, looking at Weather Forecasts has only seemed to overdramatized potential precipitation—at that specific 2-minute point in time—and its effects on the outcome and actual Win-Place-Show finish in this G1 race. So, just trying to find four horses who should be in the hunt usually seems the best approach, with choosing a potential winner and then keying off him often being a wise betting approach. And here, one of the triple-digit (Beyer) speed horses, No. 17 Irish War Cry still seems worth backing with No. 5 Always Dreaming (5/1) and Arkansas Derby winner and race favorite, No. 14 Classic Empire (4/1, morning line favorite) also both in that perceived upper tier.

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And tossing out one of the big chalks always seems necessary, with Ghostzapper son, No. 15 McCraken (5/1), getting that distinction in my mind with the colt still suspect after coming off a minor ankle injury that forced him to skip the Tampa Bay Derby. McCraken was 4-0 lifetime and won three consecutive races at Churchill Downs last year but finish 3rd at Keeneland on April 8 behind Irap (20/1) and Practical Joke (20/1). Trying to figure out which of the two current 15/1 horses (Fountain of Youth winner Gunnevera, Santa Anita Derby-winner Gormley) might finish in the money may be the key to hitting an Exacta, Trifecta or a Superfecta.


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In Friday’s (May 5) running of the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Paradise Woods (5/2, opening line favorite), Miss Sky Warrior (9/2), Farrell (5/1), Abel Tasman (5/1) and Salty (6/1) lead a talented field in the 1 1/8-mile battle between the world’s best three-year-old thoroughbred fillies with a $600,00 purse. With No. 4 Paradise Woods looking so good in winning the Santa Anita Oaks, backing the Union Rags filly on Friday is the call and although Irish War Cry drew the No. 17 post for the Derby on Saturday, his speed numbers and track record in two of his last three races is enough to stick with the New Jersey-bred chestnut colt in the big race with No. 5 Always Dreaming, No. 14 Classic Empire and possibly No. 10 Gunnevera and No. 13 J Boys Echo surprising. Enjoy!

Paradise Woods 5/2


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