Kentucky Derby betting is one of the sporting rites of passage and marks the beginning of the summer racing season. This year Beethoven, among other horses, will be looking to make a name for himself in this race although he’s probably a long shot at best.
2009 Kentucky Derby odds are full of top horses and this could be one of the most competitive Derby’s we’ve seen in awhile, at least on paper. A small group of horses have already separated themselves from the Kentucky Derby betting pack and amongst this half dozen or so horses it’s awfully difficult to say which horse has the advantage. Unfortunately, Beethoven is not among these would-be 2009 Kentucky Derby odds contenders.
Beethoven is definitely a second-tier contender but owner John Oxley is hopeful that the planets will align and his horse will come through when the Kentucky Derby action goes down. This horse must have something special as top trainer John Ward agreed to train it for the upcoming Derby. And, with a strong pedigree of Kentucky Derby contenders in its lineage there a lot of reasons on paper to like Beethoven’s chances in the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds.
Beethoven has run well at Churchill Downs in the past, albeit against competition that pales in comparison to what he’ll face in the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds. With two victories in lesser races at the end of 2008 he certainly knows his way around the track, which is certainly a bonus in the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds. His last two races were at Gulfstream and against a beefier field he mustered at the Holy Bull Stakes, but came third in a very competitive Fountain of Youth race –his final tune up before the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds.
Calvin Burrel is said to be Beethoven’s rider in the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds. A talented rider no doubt, but perhaps not as familiar with the horse as bettors would like. But perhaps the biggest knock on this horse is that he might not have the stamina for a full mile and a quarter as the all horses from the Pulpit blood line (sire’s side) tend to fizzle at around a mile 1/16.
This horse won’t win the Derby, but if he gets clear early, he could definitely place. Open an Account and start betting on Beethoven at SBG Global!