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Kentucky Derby Trends and Facts

With this year’s two most exciting minutes in sports upon us, it is time to start digging deep and finding betting trends that may assist us in finding this year’s Kentucky Derby winner.

The two big questions this year are whether we will see our fifth consecutive betting favorite win the Run for the Roses and if trainer Todd Pletcher can improve on his mediocre 1-for-45 record in the race.

Here are some betting trends and facts for this year’s running:

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Kentucky Derby Futures: Classic Empire Strikes Back

- Stay up to date with Kentucky Derby odds on the horses who are the favorites to race to a victory in the first Triple Crown event of the season.

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Kentucky Derby Prep Races Betting Preview

With less than a month to go before the Run for the Roses, there are three major Road to the Kentucky Derby points races on tap on Saturday.

The $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct, $1-million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland and the $1-million Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita each offer 100-40-20-10 points toward entry into this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1), which will be run on Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs.

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Dubai World Cup Odds: Arrogate Leads Strong U.S. Quintet

The Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate is the heavy favorite in early wagering at Bovada for the $10-million Dubai World Cup (G1) on Saturday night at Meydan Race Course.

The colt will be making his first start since winning the inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28. The win was his sixth in seven career starts and he has already earned over $11 million.

Bovada has the colt listed at betting odds of 1-3 to add $6 million in earnings in what is now the world’s second-richest race.

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Early Kentucky Derby Betting: The Elite Eight

Spring has nearly sprung, with the Kentucky Derby (G1) now just over two months away. Classic Empire, the early prohibitive favorite, is seeing bettors jump from his bandwagon, once the heavy favorite but now relegated to third choice in the early Derby wagering at Bovada.

That could change once his foot abscess heals and he gets back on track with a better effort than we saw in his third-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2).

Until then at least, it looks as if McCraken is deserving of the top spot in OddsShark’s Elite Eight Derby prospects.

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Arrogate Slight Favorite in Early Pegasus World Cup Wagering

The field is now set for the inaugural running of the $12-million Pegasus World Cup (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, with a dozen going to the post in what will be the world’s richest race in history.

Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Arrogate is the slight favorite in early wagering at Bovada, currently at odds of even money.

The three-year-old was the winner of the Eclipse Award for top three-year-old of 2016 and has won his last five races for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The colt will break from the rail with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.

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Kentucky Derby Future Wagering: Trainer Betting Odds

We are just over four months away from the first Saturday of May and the Kentucky Derby (G1), and it is not too early to get a bet down.

MyBookie is offering future wagering on horses, trainers and jockeys for the Run for the Roses, which will be run at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6.

Trainer Mark Casse is one of Canada’s best conditioners and is the current betting favorite in early Derby wagering on trainers at MyBookie at odds of +600.

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Breeders’ Cup Classic: Top Contenders and Betting Trends

It is going to be a long time before we see the excitement like last year where Triple Crown winner American Pharoah completed the so-called Grand Slam of racing with his win in the Classic, right?

Paging California Chrome.

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Breeders’ Cup Mile: Top Contenders and Betting Trends

The defending champion Tepin is back, beating the boys last year returning $11.20. She won her next six starts but was finally beaten in her most recent start in a runner-up finish to Photo Call who took the field gate to wire to win the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland. Tepin won the First Lady last year by seven lengths. 

The Mile has had the most repeat winners, a feat accomplished by Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss, Goldikova and Wise Dan. 

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Breeders’ Cup Turf Top Contenders and Betting Trends

Defending champion Found was ninth in last year’s Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly, ran second in the Champion Stakes (G1) and then won the Turf, becoming the 10th Turf winner to have also run in the Arc.

However, no Arc winner has won the Turf. Oops, Found won the Arc this year at 9-1, so is that a bad thing? She has kept her busy schedule, running a good second in the Champion Stakes (G1). She seeks to give her trainer Aiden O’Brien his sixth win in the Turf.

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