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Kentucky Derby Matchups

Betting on which horse will win the Kentucky Derby is just one of countless wagers you can make during the Run for the Roses each year.

And one of the most popular online racebook betting options is head to head Derby matchups.

Picking the winner from the field of 20 is a daunting task and sometimes the payout is not great on the favorites. But matchups offer tons of action and allow bettors to choose among two horses to see which one finishes higher.

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Will morning line favorite Bodemeister finish ahead of early favorite Union Rags? Bovada don’t think so, making Bodemeister a +115 underdog in that matchup.

What about undefeated Gemologist against Dullahan? That’s a -160 proposition for Gemologist.

"It's just a lot more fun and a lot more profit potential when you are cheering for multiple horses," said Mike Pickett. "The race only last two minutes, so you want to have a bit of action on more than one outcome."

2012 Kentucky Derby - Head to Head Matchups courtesy of Bovada:

4. Union Rags                                    -145

6. Bodemeister                                 +115

5. Dullahan                                         +130

15. Gemologist                                  -160

8. Creative Cause                             -120

19. I'll Have Another                      -110

3. Take Charge Indy                        -140

10. Daddy Nose Best                       +110

11. Alpha                                             -115

14. Hansen                                         -115

1. Daddy Long Legs                         -110

16. El Padrino                                     -120

13. Went The Day Well                 -155

17. Done Talking                              +125

2. Optimizer                                        +115

18. Sabercat                                       -145

9. Trinniberg                                      +115

12. Prospective                 -145

7. Rousing Sermon                          EVEN

20. Liaison                                           -130

3. Take Charge Indy                        EVEN

14. Hansen                                         -130

13. Went The Day Well   +120

16. El Padrino                                     -150

6. Bodemeister                                 -140

15. Gemologist                                 +110

4. Union Rags                                    -160

5. Dullahan                                         +130

3. Take Charge Indy                        -110

8. Creative Cause                             -120

11. Alpha                                             -160

16. El Padrino                                     +130

8. Creative Cause                             -150

14. Hansen                                         +120

5. Dullahan                                         -165

16. El Padrino                                     +135

3. Take Charge Indy                        +105

19. I'll Have Another                      -135

18. Sabercat                                       -180

20. Liaison                                           +150

7. Rousing Sermon                          -205

17. Done Talking                              +165