Kentucky Derby Odds: Classic Empire Slim Betting Favorite in Loaded Field

Trainer Todd Pletcher plays numbers game at Kentucky Derby

Horse racing may still be known as the sport of kings, but it's not almost as popular as it once was.

The average payout for the Oaks-Derby Double since its inception in 1999 is $318.11 on a $2 ticket and that is with the bet paying $58, $37 and $16 the last three years.

Also, like most Pletcher horses, he likes to race near the pace, which would help on an off track. An amendment in 2000 allowed wagers online and by phone, though those are still restricted or banned in 10 states.

The latest betting lines show four horses, Classic Empire, Always Dreaming, McCraken and Irish War Cry anywhere from 4-1 to 6-1 odds. In a 20-horse field, anything can happen, and, usually, it does.

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Darren Beadman, right hand man to O'Shea during his three-year tenure, was granted a trainer's licence yesterday with horses to race under his name from tomorrow.

The absence of a dominant horse suggests an open race in Saturday's 143rd Kentucky Derby and punters should not overlook Patch and the longshots in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. In his first three wins, Gormley raced in first or second place early in the race.

Kerstein suggests picking a couple favorites and placing $2 bets.

Last weekend, Girvin turned in his final Derby drill at Keeneland in nearby Lexington, completing 5 furlongs in 59.60 seconds. Recent winners started from the outside the No. 12 paddock.

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The next level is placing bets on how more than one horse will finish.

"Look, what do you do when you buy a horse?"

Patch does face some long odds to win, however.

Kerstein said more experienced bettors may want to fill out a Pick 3. The entire purse for the Kentucky Oaks, the 11th race on the day, is $1 million, with the victor taking home the largest chunk, a $600,000 prize.

Wyatt Phillips, 6, said he also enjoyed everything from the Derby day, because he learned a lot of things he never knew. He's exceptionally bred for the turf, seems to race his best at this one-mile distance and has done well enough through the stakes ranks to warrant my top honors.

"It's a big production, but for this event for us at NBC, it's about seeing everything that goes with the race, from behind-the-scenes work to the life stories of the jockeys and horses to actual race analysis", Olczyk said. Many trainers spend whole careers dreaming of just one Derby entry.

After he endured hoof and back injuries and a reluctance to train, things are looking up for Classic Empire.

"He was the champion 2-year-old when he ran and came back this year as a 3-year-old", Kerstein said.

Winning Trainer: Ben A Jones worked together with jockey Eddie Arcaro spanning from 1938 to 1952 and collected a total of six wins at the Kentucky Derby.

After meeting at the racetrack when Napravnik rode a horse for Sharp, they started dating and married in 2011.



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