Sports Betting – Expect a Wide Open Kentucky Derby

May 30, 2011 Sports Betting

The Kentucky Derby is less than two weeks away and we already know that the race is going to have some wide open sports betting odds.

It is very possible the favorite will go off with online sports betting odds of more than 5-1.  We might even see the post-time favorite in the Kentucky Derby approach double-digit odds.

Early Favorites Flopped
This year’s Kentucky Derby was not supposed to be so wide open. It was thought to be all about Uncle Mo and The Factor.  Both of those horses disappointed as favorites in their prep races and now the status of both horses is up in the air for the Derby. Uncle Mo is trained by Todd Pletcher and looked to be unbeatable but in the Wood Memorial he simply stopped.  Now there are serious questions whether the horse can even make the distance of the Kentucky Derby. Perhaps the gastrointestinal virus was the cause of Uncle Mo’s problems but we may never know for sure.  The Factor is another horse that was supposed to be a serious contender in the Derby. He ran in the Arkansas Derby and never showed up at all and finished a horrible seventh. He may not even run in the Kentucky Derby.

Dialed In the Likely Favorite
The only horse that really did what he was supposed to do in his last prep race was Nick Zito’s Dialed In. The horse won the Florida Derby but it was not a good field and the horse really doesn’t inspire a ton of confidence. He will likely be the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but bettors are going to be looking to beat him which means we might see 6-1 or so in sports betting on this horse as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby.

20 Horse Field
What we do know about this year’s Kentucky Derby is that any trainer who has a horse that is eligible is going to want to run.  There will not be any superstar horse that worries other trainers this year.  That means you will be able to make a case for almost every horse in the field of pulling off the upset against the Kentucky Derby odds at the Sbg global sportsbook.

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