The Race for the Roses is only a day away, and it is time to break down the field in order to place our bets for the biggest horse race in the United States. For the 136th time, roughly 100,000 people will gather at Churchill Downs in Lousiville Kentucky to witness one of the biggest spectacles in sports. The race itself is considered as the fastest two minutes in sports, but is one of the most heavily anticipated events by both bettors and the general pubic every year.
Everyone’s eyes will be on Lookin At Lucky or Sidneys Candy to wear the red roses at races end, however you cannot count out the rest of the field since the previous favorite, Eskendereya, was withdrawn due to injury. It was 50/1 shot Mine That Bird, Canada’s 2008 2-year old Champion who was able to pull off a come from behind stunner in last year’s Derby.
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Below we have previewed some of the middle-of-the-pack horses, as well as their respective odds and chances to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby.
Dublin – (+1400) – 17th Post Position
Dublin could very well be your best longshot to win the 2010 Kentucky Derby. The 3-year old colt has been making the steady progress that Hall Of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, likes to see. He has been having a good spring so far in 2010, and very well be ready to boil over come Saturday. In fact, Lukas has won the Derby on 4 occasions, and even did it once losing his last prep. race. This horse is also proven at a high-level, winning the Grade 1 Hopeful race in solid fashion last summer. He may not be the quickest or the fastest horse in the field, but this is a horse that will grind his way to victory, which could work into his favor Saturday in what will be a crowded Kentucky Derby field.
Line of David – (+2000) – 5th Post Position
This is a horse that is simply at his best heading into the 2010 Kentucky Derby. He has captured the Arkansas Derby, having an easy lead and set a very quick pace throughout the race. He showed a great amount of grit and determination down the stretch when the runner-up and show finishers looked sure to pass him in the deep stretch. He is unlikely to be the one setting the pace in Louisville, however a horse coming off of such a dominating victory in his previous race has to be seen as a threat to come up big once again and win another important race. Look for Line of David to impress, possibly cracking the top 3 spots on Saturday.
Conveyance – (+2500) – 12th Post Position
One horse that is sure to make their presence known on Saturday is Conveyance. The colt won his first four races before being upset as the heavy favorite at the Sunland Park Derby. However, this is a horse that will try to set a quick pace off the start, and will likely begin the race in the top few horses of the pack. Whether or not he can continue his quick pace is to be determined, but you will get a good price for a horse that is determined to set the pace from the start. Conveyance is a good option for an extreme longshot, but as proven before, the Kentucky Derby can be any horses race in a crowded, 20-horse field.
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