What are the Betting Positions of the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular horse races in the world. If you’re looking to place a bet on this year’s Kentucky Derby, then where should you place your money? The answer is complicated. There are both favorable and unfavorable betting positions for this year’s Kentucky Derby. So where should you place your money, and what are those betting positions? Let’s take a look.

The Favorites

There’s no question that the vast majority of the public likes to bet on the favorites in the Kentucky Derby. The question is whether you should too. Let’s start with Desert Goldie, the 1-2 favorite. She is the daughter of Candy Candy, the sire of Desert Dream, who was named after the song Candy (You’re My Candy). Candy Candy also sired Country House, who in turn sired two other Kentucky Derby winners – Go Ahead And Win and Northern Tricks. So it’s clear that Desert Goldie is a very promising prospect.

Another strong favorite this year is Exaggerator, the 2-1 odds-on favorite. He is the son of Candy Cane, who is also the sire of Exaggerator One. Exaggerator One also sired the famous Gallant Man, the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes back-to-back. Exaggerator is also a half brother to Big Easy, who captured the 2016 Kentucky Derby. It’s evident that the Exaggerator breeding program is incredibly promising. He is a great example of a classic, hard-working horse with exceptional breeding and incredible talent.

The Darkhorses

While most people will put their money on the favorites, there are also many individuals who like to bet on the darkhorses. Those are the horses that no one expects to win. Sometimes the very thing that makes a horse stand out can be its worst enemy. Take Maximum Function, the 6-5 favorite this year. He is the son of Afleet Setter, who is probably the most famous darkhorse in history. He won the Derby in 1929, but it was later disqualified when it was discovered that he had an illegal weight rider on his back. Afleet Setter has also sired Native Dancer, the 2007 Derby and Preakness Stakes winner. Native Dancer was named after the famous Richard Simmons’ exercise program, which starts with the letter D. That’s a great deal of Simmons’ work for you!

Another darkhorse that has attracted a lot of attention is Trippi, the 6-4 favorite. He is the son of Tripple Play, who recorded one of the all-time great performance quotes when asked about his runner-up finish in the Derby in 1945: “I figured it would be best to just save my energy for the Preakness. It’s a tough course, and I expect my big boy to do well there.”

The Longshots

While most people will flock to the favorites or the darkhorses, there’s another group of horseplayers that like to bet on the longshots. These are the horses that nobody expects to win. Sometimes it is the case that the more famous/popular the horse, the longer the odds will be. Take Supreme Court, the 14-1 longshot this year. He is the son of Nothin’ Fancy, whose sire is Danzig, the greatest longshot of all time. He won the Derby in 1939 and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes as well. Unfortunately, he also met his demise at the hands of the infamous Man o’ War in the 1940 Kentucky Derby.

Another longshot that has drawn a lot of attention is Summer Hoop, the 17-1 longshot. He is the son of the late great Northern Dancer, whose dam is a half-sister to Seattle Slew. Northern Dancer was named after a legendary boxing bout that took place in Alaska in 1925. The final fight of the series was postponed to a later date when the ice began to thaw. That’s classic Alaskan history right there!

As you might have guessed, there are both favorable and unfavorable betting positions in the Kentucky Derby. It’s always good to know which ones are which. The first one to consider is the favorite. If you’re betting on the favorite, you’re automatically assuming that it’s going to win. While that might seem obvious, it’s important to keep in mind that not all the favorites will win and vice versa. Consider Exaggerator. He is undoubtedly a very talented horse, but he is also quite popular, which means there is probably a lot of money floating around on him. It’s always unwise to bet on a horse that you think is going to win, simply because the public is betting on it. That’s like buying a lottery ticket. You might have the best of intentions, but let’s face facts – no one ever wins the lottery.

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