Eskenderya is the favorite in Kentucky Derby betting but WinStar has four contenders.
2010 Kentucky odds list Eskendereya as the favorite at about 2-1. The horse is trained by Todd Pletcher. Neither WinStar Farm nor Pletcher has ever won the Derby. That could end this year. WinStar has said that Illinois Derby winner American Lion, Sunland Derby winner Endorsement, Florida Derby third-place finisher Rule and Arkansas Derby runner-up Super Saver are all getting ready to run in the Kentucky Derby. “We have to sit around and pinch ourselves,” WinStar co-owner Bill Casner said. “We're so incredibly blessed. It's been a pretty unbelievable spring for us.”
In past Kentucky Derby betting, WinStar has had nine Derby starters. Their best finish was with Bluegrass Cat who was second in 2006. “I think we have a lot of serious players without having Eskendereya,” WinStar’s Elliot Walden said. “At this point, it looks like he's better than everybody else. But out of everybody else I think we have four of the top eight.” Rule and Super Saver are trained by Pletcher. The trainer also has Eskendereya, Mission Impazible, Discreetly Mine and Interactif. Pletcher is 0 for 24 in the Derby. He has had two horses finish second as Bluegrass Cat was second in 2006 while Invisible Ink was second in 2001. This year he has the Kentucky Derby betting favorite in Wood Memorial winner Eskendereya. He also has Mission Impazible who is coming off a Louisiana Derby win. If he gets six horses into the race it would be a Kentucky Derby record. The current record is five horses and that record is held by D.Wayne Lukas (1996), Nick Zito (2005) and Pletcher (2007).
2010 Kentucky odds should have a full field of 20 horses. It is a year in which the cutoff in earnings is higher than it has ever been. The 20th horse in earnings is Homeboykris with $250,500. A year ago the last horse in the field was Nowhere to Hide with $55,000. Denis of Cork was the final entry two years ago with $165,000 in earnings. This year it is much higher. Wood Memorial runner-up Jackson Bend, Louisiana Derby runner-up A Little Warm and Santa Anita runner-up Setsuko need some horses to defect if they are to make the race.