The greatest sporting day of the year is almost upon us. The first Saturday in May brings us NBA and NHL playoffs, a huge title fight in boxing, and the best two minutes in sports with the Kentucky Derby. With the draw being held today we now know where the horses start and what their morning lines are. Let the handicapping begin!
|1||Black Onyx||Joe Bravo||Carl Domino||50/1|
|2||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||30/1|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||10/1|
|4||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||50/1|
|5||Normandy Invasion||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||12/1|
|6||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||15/1|
|7||Giant Finish||Jose Espinosa||Tony Dutro||50/1|
|8||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O’Neill||5/1|
|9||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||15/1|
|10||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||20/1|
|11||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||30/1|
|12||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Edward Plesa, Jr.||15/1|
|13||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova||50/1|
|14||Verrazano||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||4/1|
|15||Charming Kitten||Edgar Prado||Todd Pletcher||20/1|
|16||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||7/2|
|17||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas||20/1|
|18||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Ken McPeek||50/1|
|19||Java’s War||Julien Leparoux||Ken McPeek||15/1|
|20||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez||Rudy Rodriguez||15/1|
The winner of the Florida Derby (Orb), Wood Memorial (Verrazano), and Santa Anita Derby (Goldencents) lead the field into Churchill Downs. You’ll be hard pressed to throw any of those horses out in any exotics you play. Todd Pletcher’s Revolutionary is the fourth choice with a slew of others following closely at 15/1 in regards to the Kentucky Derby betting odds.
For what it’s worth, Normandy Invasion is a value at 12-1 and looks like my early top choice to take home the roses. (More in-depth analysis to come later on in the week)
Who do you guys like and what will be your wagers this coming Saturday?