They are Kentucky Derby wagering favorite Big Brown, Colonel John and Pyro. Let’s take a look at the three leading contenders in 2008 Kentucky Derby odds.
Kentucky Derby odds begin by looking at Big Brown. He is the likely favorite and a deserving one. He has won each of his races very impressively and jockey Kent Desormeaux called him possibly the best horse he has ever ridden. Coming from a Hall of Fame jockey like Desormeaux, that is high praise. There are questions though about Big Brown. He has only raced three times in his life and has only run in stakes competition once. He reminds many Kentucky Derby odds experts of Curlin who finished third in last year’s Kentucky Derby wagering but then went on to win Horse of the Year honors. Big Brown might be just as good and the 2008 Kentucky Derby wagering field is definitely weaker than in 2007. Experience is a question mark for the Kentucky Derby odds favorite Big Brown but he is the most talented horse in the field and it doesn’t look to be even close in that regard.
The likely second choice in Kentucky Derby odds is Colonel John. He is the best of the horses from California and won the Santa Anita Derby. He has won four of his six races but none were that impressive. This will be the first race that Colonel John has ever run on the dirt as he raced on the synthetic surfaces in California. Colonel John also has other knocks against him in Kentucky Derby odds. He has a trainer in Eion Harty that has never been in the Derby and is not a big name trainer. Big Brown has that against him too, but not to the same extent since every Kentucky Derby wagering expert has great respect for Richard Dutrow as a trainer. The same can not be said about Harty. It should also be noted that a California horse has not won in Kentucky Derby odds in 10 years.
The horse that will likely be the third choice in Kentucky Derby odds is Pyro. He is the wild card in the race. He flopped in the Blue Grass but his trainer said it was because of the track. If he bounces back in the Derby he could be right in the Kentucky Derby odds picture.