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Horse Racing

Orb even odds to win Preakness

With the draw set for Wednesday afternoon, Orb appears set to be an even odds favorite on most Preakness Stakes betting menus.

The Kentucky Derby winner was listed at 1-1 odds at several online racebooks, who seem to feel he can win easily with a small field missing some top talent.

New runner Departing was made the second betting choice at Bovada at 5-1. Departing didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby, but won the Illinois Derby on April 20 with a fast time.


Orb Triple Crown Odds: Not Much Profit

It hasn’t happened since 1978 but clearly oddsmakers are impressed by Orb’s Kentucky Derby victory, shortening the odds on him winning the Triple Crown.

Several online racebooks posted Triple Crown futures after the Derby and both had him as a small underdog to pull off the remaining two races.

5Dimes had the ‘no position as a -390 line, with the ‘yes’ at +270. It was similar at Bovada where the ‘yes’ bet was +250 and the ‘no’ was -400.


Orb Wins Kentucky Derby 2013

The Shug McGaughey trained Orb showed on Saturday afternoon under the Twin Spires why he was the buzz horse all week at Churchill Downs, rallying in the stretch to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths.

Over $130 million was wagered on the Run for the Roses, and Orb returned his backers $12.80 for a $2 wager and now will head to Baltimore next week as the betting favorite for the $1 million Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico.


Bet On The Kentucky Derby

The question all week for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was, “Who is going to be the betting favorite?”

The undefeated Verrazano has been the future betting favorite since February, and closed in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Wager at 7-1. The colt has been as low as 7-2 at Bovada.


Kentucky Derby Props: Secretariat Safe

Secretariat's record time is safe, no horse will lead wire-to-wire, and the Derby winner won't win the Triple Crown.

That's the gist of Kentucky Derby props posted today as horse racing fever moves to the racebook window ahead of Saturday's Run For The Roses.

Orb and Verrazano are neck and neck for morning line odds favorite and it's a 20/1 payoff if any horse can touch Secretariat's time of 159.40 back in 1973.

That according to Bovada, which posted Kentucky Derby prop odds today.


Kentucky Derby Matchups: Orb Verrazano

Picking the Kentucky Derby winner is a longshot, even when betting the favorites, because so much can happen in a field of 20 horses.

But there is plenty of profit potential in betting head to head matchups. This involves betting on one horse to finish ahead of another horse and is much easier to handicap and much easier to win.

For example, morning line favorites Orb and Verrazano are each roughly 4/1 to win the Derby. And they are also a dead heat in betting odds posted by the racebook manager at Bovada.


Kentucky Derby Contenders: Verrazano

Kentucky Derby contenders are settling into Churchill Downs with their trainers and it looks like undefeated Verrazano will be the morning line favorite.

Why is the son of More Than Ready the top betting pick? Who are behind him in the Kentucky Derby odds menu as horse racing's biggest race gets set? Check out information on the top Derby hopefuls below:


Breeders Cup Juvenile Betting Odds

Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) drew a field of nine two-year-olds, with the winner likely to be christened as the early wagering choice for the Kentucky Derby next May at Churchill Downs.

*Editor Note: See the 2013 Breeders Cup odds on the Classic in this article.

There has been only one juvenile that has won both the Juvenile and the Run for the Roses, Street Sense accomplishing the feat in 2006.


Breeders Cup Ladies Classic Future Odds

The two early favorites in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic Future Odds will square off on Saturday in the $400,000 Beldame Invitational (G1), their final prep race for this year’s champion event.

The Breeders’ Cup will be held this year at Santa Anita Park on Nov. 2-3.

The Bill Mott trained Royal Delta, winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs is the early betting favorite for this year’s running at betting odds of 5-2.


Belmont Stakes Head To Head Matchups

The casual sports bettor can find racebook betting terminology a little intimidating, but something everyone can understand is a matchup.

Editor Note: With I'll Have Another scratched, the following odds will be replaced with new horse matchups, follow the links below.

And that’s what many online racebooks offer to casual fans at Triple Crown time and in their Belmont Stakes odds menus.

[ See the current Belmont odds here at ]



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