2011 Kentucky Derby
Churchill Downs, Race #11, Louisville, Kentucky
1 1/4 miles, Flat Dirt Oval
Saturday, May 7, 2011, Post time 6:15 pm Eastern, TV: NBC
An already wide open field for the Kentucky Derby became even more so with Friday’s announcement that second betting choice Uncle Mo had scratched because of lingering effects of a stomach infection. To top it off, light rain is expected though the track is predicted to be Wet and Fast. Florida Derby winner Dialed In the favorite almost by default. Dialed In is trained by Nick Zito and ridden by Julien Leparoux. He opened as a 4/1 favorite on the morning line. For a complete list of the field, click here.
Now that we are less than 3 weeks weeks away from the first Saturday in May, all of the major prep races for the 2011 Kentucky Derby are complete. The 20 horse field is pretty much set. I will discuss the 10 horses who will most likely have the lowest odds once the post position draw and morning line odds come out Wednesday, May 4, 2011. For right now I will use the futures odds from bookmaker. In another article I will discuss the sleepers and longshots.
The 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes, the third and final jewel in the Triple Crown, takes place on Saturday at 6:30 pm ET. It’s not a star-filled event – for the first time since 2006 and only the third time since 1970 neither the Kentucky Derby nor Preakness are in the field – but it is still a very compelling event. In fact, you can make a compelling argument that this is the most intriguing and competitive of this year’s three Triple Crown races.
If you are a very casual horseplayer – the kind who likes to make a bet on the Triple Crown and maybe the Breeders’ Cup – then there’s a good chance that you find all of the different betting options in horse race betting a bit overwhelming and maybe even intimidating. Fear not – we’re here to help. Here’s a crash course in the four types of exotic bets that are most attractive to casual bettors, the ways that casual bettors can best apply them, and mistakes to avoid when betting on them:
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