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Horse Racing

Baffert’s Hoppertunity Worth Derby Look

With California Chrome now bet down to 7/4 on the latest Kentucky Derby odds released by Bovada it might be time to start looking for value, and that could be with the Bob Baffert trained Hoppertunity.

The colt is currently listed at 14/1 in Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada, good for fifth choice on those odds. The other three at lower odds are Danza and Wicked Strong at 8/1 and Vicar’s in Trouble at 10/1.

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California Chrome Solid Derby Favorite

The betting price on California Chrome continues to drop, with the talented colt now at 2/1 in Kentucky Derby futures odds released by Bovada. The colt has won his last four starts by a combined 24 lengths and is coming off a 5 ¼ length victory in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 5.

Back in February horse bettors could have received 60/1 after his win in the California Cup Derby. That win came against state breds and up until that point he had not shown he could handle open stakes company.

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Bayern must justify Kentucky Derby odds

After winning his first two career starts including beating first level allowance foes by 15 lengths, the Bob Baffert trained Bayern took some serious action at Bovada in Kentucky Derby futures betting, currently sitting at 16-1, with just five runners at lower prices.

The colt starts as the second choice at 2-1 on the morning line for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), and needs a top two finish to guarantee himself a spot in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses.

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Kentucky Derby Points Standings

The Steve Asmussen trained Tapiture earned 10 points by winning the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 17 to move up into first place in the Road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby points standings. The colt is currently listed at 12-1 in Derby future betting odds.

There are two major Derby preps on Saturday, each with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs to the top four finishers. The winner of the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) and the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) will each earn 50 points, which virtually assures locking in a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

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Breeders Cup Classic Betting Picks

This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is one of the most wide-open runnings we have seen in quite some time. Sure, Game On Dude is the 8-5 morning line favorite, but is would be no surprise to see any of about six or seven others win the race.

Game On Dude was the betting favorite last year but tossed in a clunker in a seventh place finish, beaten 15 lengths by the upset winner Fort Larned, who paid $20.80 as my top pick last year.

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Breeders’ Cup: Game On Dude Fave

Game On Dude was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita. The Classic drew a strong field of 12 that will go 1 ¼ miles in the marquee event of racing’s two-day championship.

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Breeders Cup Classic Betting Odds

The Bob Baffert trained Game On Dude heads a field of 13 that were pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park on November 2.

A total of 172 horses were pre-entered in the 14 races over the two-day championship event.

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Belmont Stakes Odds: Orb Favorite

Kentucky Derby winner Orb was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Belmont Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, while Preakness Stakes winner Oxbow was relegated to third choice at 5-1.

A field of 14 will line up for the third jewel of the Triple Crown, the largest field since 14 went to the gate in 1996.

[ Click here for this year's Belmont Stakes betting preview ]

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Belmont Stakes betting history

Belmont is the longest of the Triple Crown races and it's not really surprising that some longshots have won in recent years. The 1.5-mile track has demoralized many favorites who are not bred for the stamina of such a long race.

Upset specialists like Birdstone in 2004, Sarava (a huge 70-1 bet in 2002), and Da'Tara at 40-1 in 2008 are just a few of the longshots to win in New York. Very seldom does the favorite win at Belmont.

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Preakness Stakes Props; Orb vs Departing

Orb is favored to win the Preakness Stakes and favored in all three horse matchup betting props posted this week ahead of the big race.

Orb was 1-1 as of Thursday and a -500 bet to finish in the Top 3 of the 9-horse field.

Online racebook Bovada also set 1.5 lengths as the over-under for margin of victory and 155:30 as the over-under for the winning time.

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