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2012 Kentucky Derby Preview

Posted by: Princeton Group | Posted on: May 4th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Fans, it’s that time of the year again! It is the first Saturday of May when all eyes will be on Louisville, Kentucky and Churchill Downs for the first race of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The patrons are ready to come-out for a fun-filled day at the track, wearing their large, wild, fancy hats and sipping on their Mint Juleps. It is a sure fire bet that the grandstand area and “Millionaire’s Row” will be packed! The field has been set for the 138th Kentucky Derby, with 20 three-year-old thoroughbreds set to go for the 2012 “Run for the Roses.” The 20 horse field means the total purse for the Derby will be $2,219,600, with the Derby winner getting $1,459,600. The early favorites to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby appear to be Bodemeister and Union Rags. Bodemeister, a run-away winner of the Arkansas Derby, will run out of the 6th posting position and is the morning-line favorite at 4-1. Union Rags, who will start out of the 4th posting position, is the second favorite at odds of 9/2. The following is a list of the 20 horse field, their post positions, and their opening betting lines for the 138th Kentucky Derby:

1. Daddy Long Legs (30-1)
2. Optimizer (50-1)
3. Take Charge Indy (15-1)
4. Union Rags (9/2)
5. Dullahan (8-1)
6. Bodemeister (4-1)
7. Rousing Sermon (50-1)
8. Creative Cause (12-1)
9. Trinniberg (50-1)
10. Daddy Nose Best (15-1)
11. Alpha (15-1)
12. Prospective (30-1)
13. Went The Day Well (20-1)
14. Hansen (10-1)
15. Gemologist (6-1)
16. El Padrino (20-1)
17. Done Talking (50-1)
18. Sabercat (30-1)
19. I’ll Have Another (12-1)
20. Liaison (50-1)

The 138th Kentucky Oaks will be run on Friday May 4, 2012 from Churchill Downs featuring 15 three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. The favorites to win the garland of lilies in 2012 are Grace Hall, the morning line favorite at 5-2 and slotted in post position 2, along with On Fire Baby and Broadway Alibi, both with odds of 4-1. On Fire Baby drew post position 1 for the race.

This Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is shaping-up to be a closely contested battle between a full Derby field. It is always fun to watch “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” and it will be very exciting to see who takes this year’s “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs and have the chance to end a 34 year Triple Crown drought.