In 2008 it was Big Brown running away as the favorite in Kentucky Derby odds while in 2007 it was Smarty Jones winning at low Kentucky Derby betting odds. As you look at Kentucky Derby betting this year you might want to look back at recent history for clues as to who might win this year’s race.
Kentucky Derby betting is oftentimes unpredictable despite the fact a favorite has won the last two years and three of the last five years. There was a time when taking the Kentucky Derby odds favorite was the kiss of death in Kentucky Derby betting but no more. Favorites are always popular and lately they have been winners.
Whenever you get a big longshot that wins in Kentucky Derby betting that seems to be what everyone remembers. Giacomo won in Kentucky Derby betting in 2005 and was the second biggest longshot ever in Kentucky Derby odds. His win has kind of overshadowed how the favorites have done recently in Kentucky Derby betting. Always remember as you look at Kentucky Derby odds that recent trends can change. Favorites are on a nice little run lately in Kentucky Derby betting but all it takes is one horse to change that.
Recent Kentucky Derby betting history tells us that Big Brown won in 2008, Street Sense in 2007 and Barbaro in 2006. Each of these horses was highly respected in Kentucky Derby betting. Big Brown went off at 5-2, Street Sense at 5-1 and Barbaro at 6-1. Two of the three were favorites in Kentucky Derby betting. We mentioned the Giacomo win in 2005. He went off at 50-1 in the Kentucky Derby. Smarty Jones won as the 4-1 favorite in 2004 while Funny Cide was 13-1 in 2003. War Emblem was 20-1 in 2002, Monarchos 10-1 in 2001 and Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Smarty Jones and Fusaichi Pegasus were the favorites in the Kentucky Derby.
The Kentucky Derby is definitely one of the most exciting times of the year. Anything can happen when two year old horses go in a 20-horse field. Longshots can win, big payoffs can happen and people can hit the big score. The Kentucky Derby is really the most exciting two minutes in sports and something that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
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