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The julep glasses are being polished and the finest bottles of bourbon are being dusted off as we approach the start of Triple Crown season with the Kentucky Derby only a couple months away.
As tradition continues, the first Saturday in May (5/2/2015) always comes with great anticipation and several online sportsbooks like Bovada have set early race lines for players looking for an early edge in predicting which thoroughbred will be adorned with 554 roses.
The overall #1 favorite lies in Kentucky born ridgling, American Pharoah at 8 to 1 (+800) odds to win. In fact, it has only been a few weeks since the initial lines were released and the thoroughbred’s odds have already improved from 10/1 (+1000), or greater depending on the sportsbook, which is a clear indication of how bettors and horse racing experts feel about this horse’s chances.
Three other contenders tie for the runner up spot in ‘Upstart’, ‘Texas Red’ and ‘Dortmund’ at 12 to 1 (+1200) odds. Texas Red is talked about by many and stands to improve his chances as he was famously sired by ‘Afleet Alex’ who won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 2005. Whispers of a Triple Crown threat exist in this contender. The horse is coming off three winless sprints, however, only has lost once in route races, finishing third behind American Pharoah.
Also at the head of the pack but just outside of the major favorites are ‘Itsaknockout’, ‘Carpediem’, and ‘Khozan’ with 16 to 1 (+1600) odds. A medium amount of buzz follows these potential top picks as more races come up for them to prove themselves such as the Florida Derby.
Much further back in the lines to some bettor’s surprise is ‘Lord Nelson’ who is listed at 25 to 1 (+2500), or higher, to win the derby according to the best USA sportsbooks. The gelding has won 3 of 5 starts and is 3 for 3 in sprinting. Lord Nelson makes an attractive bet for a lot of Kentucky Derby fans after he recently held off Texas Red in the San Vincente Stakes.
No Kentucky Derby tradition or conversation about thoroughbreds is complete however, without brief mention of those at the back of the current 42 horse list of contenders.
The beloved underdogs checking in at 100 to 1 (+1000) odds lie with ‘Spring Quality’ and ‘Danny Boy’. It would be a pleasant surprise for many if these lonely unlikely contenders could pull off a major upset and rain fortune down on those who hold hope, but just making the 2015 Kentucky Derby field would be an outstanding accomplishment.
Anyone considering a wager on the early odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Bovada should know that ‘all wagers have action’. This means that all bets will be counted whether or not the wagered horse even runs in the race. Only 19 horses ran in 2014 so be aware that over half of this field will be eliminated through the course of the prep schedule.
Here’s a quick look at the odds for all horses:
Early Odds For 2015 Kentucky Derby – as shown at Bovada on 2/27/15