Kentucky Derby 135 odds makers have spent the better part of the past few months trying to sort out the contenders from the pretenders.
As the Kentucky Derby fast approaches the picture is starting to clear up a bit, but there are still a lot of unknowns about the upcoming Run for the Roses. One horse that has few doubters is Quality Road who burst on the scene with some top performances at Gulfstream and firmly positioned itself among the favorites in the Kentucky Derby 135 odds.
Kentucky Derby 135 odds have the horse listed at around 6:1 odds to win the race. These betting lines put Quality Road among the favorite to win at Churchill Downs. Owner Edward Evans is a well-respected owner and breeder and his best chance at a Kentucky Derby betting title, Quality Road, was foaled at his farm. But the biggest name in the horse’s stable is trainer James Jerkens, son of legendary trainer Allen Jerkens, whose family is racing blueblood.
Quality Road has run exclusively at Gulfstream this year and his preparation for the Kentucky Derby 135 odds has all been in South Florida. With the field slightly down this year at Gulfstream, Quality Road hasn’t seen as good of competition as in years past, but no one doubts his credentials as he enters the Kentucky Derby 135 odds race. In three races in 2009, Quality Road has two wins and a second place finish.
Entering the Kentucky Derby betting race, he’s riding a streak of two straight victories. His most impressive race of the year was his most recent, the G1 Florida Derby, arguably the most prominent tune-up race in the road the competition. In taking the Florida Derby title Quality Road beat out top competition like Dunkirk and firmly established himself as one of the top horses in the Kentucky Derby 135 odds.
Quality Road’s blood lines are strong with his sire Elusive Quality having already fathered on Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones. He’s also a versatile horse having won in the steamy seven furlong race at Gulfstream recently and also racing to victory at Aqueduct last fall. There are plenty of reasons to like this horse and it’s with good reason that he’s listed among the favorites in the Kentucky Derby 135 odds.
When the gate drops on May 2nd this horse should be among the horses fighting for the trip to the winner’s circle.