With the big race just weeks away it’s time to start contemplating the horses and handicapping the chances of each. One horse that no one should overlook in the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds is 3-year old West Side Bernie.
2009 Kentucky Derby Odds are hardly set in stone at this early stage and are likely to fluctuate between now and May 2nd. But as it stands, West Side Bernie is one of the dark horses in the Kentucky Derby betting –both literally and figuratively. The black beauty is currently listed a 40:1 longshot in most 2009 Kentucky Derby odds sites. Hardly a front runner, Bernie is perfectly positioned to stage a surprise win that could land a savvy bettor in the money.
West Side Bernie is owned by George and Lori Hall, no strangers to Kentucky Derby betting ponies and trained by Kelly Breen. Breen first put this horse on the map with a masterful run at the Kentucky Juvenile in 2008 winning the race. Bernie won two of his four starts as a 2-year old and his name begin circulating in 2009 Kentucky Derby odds circles.
As a 3-year old West Side Bernie has been less successful, but has been racing against strong fields. In his run up to the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds the horse has yet to win a race. In 2009 the horse has started three races with no wins. However, it’s ran better of late with a third place finish earlier in the year and a second place finish in its most recent outing at the Wood Memorial Stakes on April, 4th.
This horse isn’t likely to see any more action before the 2009 Kentucky Derby odds and will be looking to build on its momentum when the Derby rolls around. Jockey Edgar Prado will get the mount and he knows this horse well, riding it to its Turfway win last year. Trainer Breen is a bit of a newcomer and will be looking to prove himself, but could be a wild card.
West Side Bernie certainly has the pedigree to win a major race with sire Bernstein and dam Time Honored, both winners in their careers, with Bernstein siring various winners in Argentina and Japan.
So far this year Bernie’s collected just over $174,000 through four races. He’s been beaten badly in two of the races, but also come from behind in another and ran very strong in his most recent race. The horse seems to run well in Kentucky and could prove to be a smart outside bet to place.
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