The Kentucky Derby is far and away the most famous horse race in the world, and we are now just a few days away from the 142nd running of this great race. This is a race that has been labeled “The most exciting 2 minutes in sports,” and for very good reason. Every year seems to throw up some great story line, with many of those coming from long shots that have seemingly come out of nowhere to win the Run for the Roses. It is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, and draws in hundreds of thousands of bettors who might ordinarily not give horse racing a second look. A large number of those bettors go in search of a live long shot that will help them cash a huge winning ticket, and this race certainly had a history of delivering those big winners. We will have a better idea on how to handicap this race when the post-position draw is made on Wednesday night, but for now, let’s take a look at 3 horses that might just be able to spring the horse racing odds upset, r which should at least be considered as part of your exotics.
There are a ton of things to consider when choosing a horse to win the Kentucky Derby, and it’s a lot more than just looking at their career record. At 10 furlongs (1 ¼ miles) the Derby is a long race, and is not a distance that every horse in this field is used to running on a regular basis. This is why it’s always a good idea to look at the pedigree of the horses when choosing. Suddenbreakingnews is out of A.P. Indy and Mineshaft, a pair of horses who excelled at longer distances. This is a horse that builds momentum and makes a late run, which should keep him out of any potential problems in the early jockeying for position. If the pace gets hot up front, he may just be able to mow them down in the stretch, just as he did in the Southwest Stakes, where he eclipsed a field of 14 to win by 2 ¼ lengths.
My Man Sam
This is not a horse who has been raced very often, and he in fact only has 4 starts under his belt. That will scare a lot of people away, but it really shouldn’t. This is another horse that will be making a late run, and with Julien Leparoux in the irons, he will have a jockey who can almost certainly pick any his way through any holes that open up coming down the stretch. My Man Sam has a pair of second place finishes in his 4 races, the most impressive of which was rallying to finish behind Brody’s Cause in the Bluegrass Stakes in early April.
There are many bettors who will scratch this horse off their racing form immediately, based solely in the fact that he is a Japanese import. What they will not be seeing if they do that is a horse that has experience at the distance, as well as racing against larger fields, both of which are positives in the Kentucky Derby. The owners of Lani brought the horse to Churchill Downs much earlier than we are used to seeing, and he should have a good handle on the course by the time the ace comes around. There is also talk that he will be given Lasix before the Derby, which could improve his performance in the big race. Probably the biggest outsider of the 3 horses mentioned here, but a threat nonetheless.