It’s one of the biggest betting days of the year, The Kentucky Derby! The 147th run for the roses will take place tonight at 6:57 p.m. I say this every year, I’m not an expert when it comes to betting horses, the major American sports are my expertise. But I’m a gambler at heart and I will be having a fun time betting on the races today! Here’s a preview of a few different betting options as well as the horse that I will be putting the most money on tonight.
Kentucky Derby Betting Preview:
Essential Quality (2-1) – he comes in with a perfect record winning all 5 of his races. He has shown the ability to win by pushing the pace like he did in his most recent race in the Blue Grass Stakes and he’s also won as a pure stalker. This field has some other horses that have that same skill set. The experts are saying that if Essential Quality pushes the pace and jumps out to a lead early, it will force the competition to change up their plans. Everyone knows the speed he possesses and he has shown that he can sustain it for 1 1/8 miles. All reports say that he has looked great in his workouts and he is “primed” for today. He’s not your guy if you want to chase better odds but if you’re good with 2 to 1 or closer to 1 to 1 by the time all the money comes in on him by post time, he’s worth the bet.
Rock Your World (5-1) – Well a nice name that might describe the strong mint juleps you’ll be sipping on today. Rock Your World is undefeated coming in 3 for 3 in his career. The Santa Anita Derby has always proven to be a nice prep race for the Kentucky Derby and Rock Your World literally rocked everyone’s world there his last time out winning. The Santa Anita Derby was his first race on dirt but his trainer claims that was the plan all along to start on turf and then transition to dirt. It’s promising to see him perform so well in his first performance on the dirt so we will see if that can repeat that effort from his last time out. He does have the best career speed rating of all the horses in this race. Solid odds at 5-1.
Known Agenda (6-1) – Well the trainer and jockey have a certain agenda in mind for this horse today, WIN. Known Agenda is a pure stalker and he is coming off of his best performance of his career at the Florida Derby. The FLorida Derby has always been another top prep race for the Kentucky Derby so it’s good to see that he won there. A lot of experts don’t like his position to start this race but others say it’s not as bad as it used to be with the new gate. Irad Ortiz Jr. will be riding and he is one of the top jockeys in the sport. He should find a way to put Known Agenda in position to win but probably is a better option for a show bet.
Kof’s Bet – I will live on the long term tag of a guy who bets the favorites. I’d rather put more money on a horse that’s more likely to win than put less money down for a potential to win more. I’m a strong believe that the odds are always listed the way they are for a reason and I’m rolling with the favorite today. SHOCKER! I do plan to rock my world with mint juleps leading up to the race but it’s all about the Essential Quality today. Lots and lots of money will continue to pour in on him all day (for good reason) so his odds will be closer to even. I’m fine with that!