|Written by Mark Fernandez|
|Saturday, 05 May 2012 06:20|
Kentucky Derby lines for the 138th "run for the roses" have listed the undefeated Gemologist as a 6/1 favorite in horse betting odds for Saturday's race at Churchill Downs that can be seen live on NBC starting at 5:00pm EST. Owned by WinStar Farm LLC and trained by the hall of famer Todd A. Pletcher, Gemologist will be looking to win his fifth straight race in the first jewel of the 2012 Triple Crown coming off a win at the Wood Memorial G1 with jockey Javier Castellano onboard. The 3-year-old Colt flew around the 1 1/8-mile track at Aqueduct to defeat Alpha and Teeth of the Dog in a time of 1:50.96.
Gemologist broke his maiden with a first place win at Turfway park with jockey Jesus Castanon in the saddle but shortly after, Pletcher chose to switch rider and give Javier Castellano the reigns. The chocolate colored Colt responded with four straight wins including two allowance races and two graded races. Gemologist and Castellano won the Kentucky Jockey Club G2 at Churchill Down in a time of 1:44.46 and most recently found the winner's circle at Aqueduct for the Wood Memorial G1 in a time of 1:50.96. Kentucky Derby lines for 2012 have listed Gemologist as a 6/1 favorite in horse betting odds breaking out of the #15 post position. Although Pletcher has a proven contender to win the blanket of roses on Saturday, the question many handicappers are wondering is how Gemologist will handle the 1 1/4-mile length.
That being said, the horse has yet to taste defeat and has a pedigree that includes Mr. Prospector, Seattle Song and Northern Dancer making the thoroughbred an instant contender in horse betting odds for Saturday's race at Churchill Downs. Gemologist has been given the outside #15 post position and should have two horses that will help the 3-year-old keep pace with Hansen (10/1) to his left in the #14 and El Padrino (22/1) to his right in the #16. For Gemologist to remain undefeated as a 6/1 favorite in 2012 Kentucky Derby lines and take the first leg of the Triple Crown, Castellano will have to be loose on the reigns and simply let the 3-year-old loose right from the gate as the two race for history.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 07:32|