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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.

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Kentucky Derby Futures: Always Dreaming Slight Favorite

- 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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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender Practical Joke

Practical Joke showed a ton of tenacity as a juvenile, winning a pair of Grade 1 races in photos in his second and third career starts.

He broke his maiden in his debut at Saratoga last August and came right back a month later to win the Hopeful (G1), then won the prestigious Champagne at a mile at Belmont Park.

The Chad Brown trainee suffered his first career start when third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), beaten 7 3/4 lengths by Classic Empire.

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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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How To Bet The Kentucky Derby If You're A Sports Bettor

If you never bet the ponies but you’re going to bet the Kentucky Derby (y’know, because it’s on TV and all), first understand this: You are going to lose. 

One of the big reasons horse betting is dropping in popularity all the time is that the gambling crowd is getting younger and wiser – which I realize may sound like a contradiction – and this crowd doesn’t like losing. 

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2017 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and Betting Odds

Post positions for the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby were set on Wednesday morning, giving horse bettors more to work with for handicapping Saturday's race. Position #5 has historically performed the best as horses starting from that gate have won the race 13 times since 1900. It just so has it that one of this year's top contenders, Always Dreaming, drew that position, perhaps providing the horse with an additional edge.

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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender Always Dreaming

Trainer Todd Pletcher will send out three contenders in this year’s Run for the Roses and Always Dreaming is his best shot of improving on his 1-for-45 record in the race.

The colt made his first two starts last year under the care of Dominic Schettino, with Pletcher taking over this year, and the colt broke his maiden by 11 1/2 lengths at Tampa Bay Downs in his first start for the new connections.

The colt then beat first-level allowance company by four lengths at Gulfstream Park, and was pointed toward the Florida Derby (G1) for his stakes debut.

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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender McCraken

McCraken, who is the current fourth choice in early Kentucky Derby wagering at Bovada at odds of 7-1, was perfect last year as a juvenile, winning all three of his starts and they all came over the Churchill Downs main track.

The Ian Wilkes trainee broke his maiden last October and then won the Street Sense and the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).

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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender Classic Empire

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner and Eclipse Award winner for top two-year-old was a solid early betting favorite to start the year, but his price drifted up after a disappointing third-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park to start off his 2017 campaign.

The colt came out of that race with a foot abscess and a bad back and his early betting odds at Bovada drifted up to 12-1.

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Profile on Kentucky Derby Betting Contender Irish War Cry

Irish War Cry has the distinction of being the lone runner in the Kentucky Derby (G1) field that has earned two triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures. He is currently the third choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at 13-2.

The colt earned a 101 for his victory in the Holy Bull (G2) in February and matched that figure in his most recent outing winning the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct.

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