|Written by Bishop Whitmore|
|Thursday, 02 May 2013 08:04|
The event is called the "fastest two minutes in sports" which is always held on the first Saturday in May at the famed Churchill Downs track for the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the world. The event is also the first jewel of Triple Crown as jockey's horses and trainers alike look to win three consecutive races in search of the elusive title. With just days away from the big event, 2013 Kentucky Derby odds favor Verrazano as the 9/2 horse betting favorite to win around the 1 1/4-mile track on Saturday and a 16/1 favorite to become this year's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
It won't be easy to pick a winner for all three races however, after gambler's were tantalized last year with I'll Have Another winning the Derby and Preakness only to be retired on the eve of the Belmont. Verrazano is one of five horses trained by Todd A. Pletcher that will run in this weekend's event but is the only horse to have won all four of his career starts. Verrazano will take off from the gates in the #14 post with John R. Velazquez in the saddle as the pair are coming off two straight victories at the Tampa Derby (G2) and Wood Memorial (G1). 2013 Kentucky Derby odds favor Verrazano to win the 10-furlong race on Saturday but gamblers will need to keep a watchful eye on the Claude R. McGaughey III trained Orb who has also won four straight events including the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Florida Derby (G1).
Orb will take off from the outside in the #16 post with jockey Joel Rosario onboard and has been listed in Vegas as a 16/1 favorite to win the Triple Crown. The Doug O'Neil trained Goldencents has been listed as the third choice to win at Churchill on Saturday at 6/1 and is coming off an impressive victory over Flashback at the San Anita Derby (G1). Goldencents will break from the #8 post position with jockey Kevin Krigger in the saddle. Although 2013 Kentucky Derby odds favor Verrazano, Goldencents will be a hometown favorite with co-owner and winning head coach of the NCAA championship Louisville Cardinals, Rick Pitino, in attendance. While Pitino's basketball team showed the resilience to become champions, bookmakers have cautiously listed Goldencents as a 20/1 favorite to win the Triple Crown.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:02|