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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender Gunnevera

This colt has turned out to be a bargain, purchased for just $16,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Sale, and he has earned over $1.1 million, winning four of his nine starts including three graded stakes.

The colt is currently at 12-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada, the fifth choice in the wagering.

He showed some ability as a juvenile, winning the Saratoga Special (G2) last summer, then was fifth in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in his first start going long, which was won by Derby favorite Classic Empire.

He capped off his juvenile campaign winning the Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs last November.

He started his three-year-old campaign with a solid second in the Holy Bull (G2). Then he won the Fountain of Youth (G2) for his career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 97, drawing off to win by 5 ¾ lengths.

That win brought his early Kentucky Derby odds down to 12-1 at Bovada, and his third in the Florida Derby (G1) last out as the 6-5 beaten favorite was not his best, but his price stayed about the same.

In that outing, he was far back early and made a good late rally while six wide to finish 6 ½ lengths back of the winner Always Dreaming, who is the co-favorite in early Kentucky Derby wagering with Classic Empire at Bovada.

The colt is trained by Antonio Sano, who will be starting his first Derby runner this year.

He has some pedigree to handle the extra ground, by Dialed In (Mineshaft) out of Unbridled mare, who has dropped six other winners.

His late running style should set him up for a good effort on the first Saturday of May and he just needs to get a good trip to be in the mix.

  • Race record: 9-4-2-1
  • Career earnings: $1,170,200
  • Bovada Odds: 12-1
  • Last race: Third in the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park

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Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown for OddsShark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

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