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Profile on Derby Contender Gun Runner

Trainer Steve Asmussen is headed to the Hall of Fame later this summer, and has a good chance of making it an even better year when he saddles Gun Runner in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The colt finished first in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 151, picking up 100 of those points with his impressive victory in the Louisiana a Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds on March 26 in his final prep.

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Trifecta Wagering

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Cashing a Trifecta ticket involves getting the top three finishers in a race in exact order, a tall task, but one that can reap great dividends for a good (or sometimes lucky) horseplayer.

A common way to play the trifecta is to box three horses, which for a $1 bet would be a $6 investment. There are now some tracks that are offering .50 cent Trifecta betting. The .50 cent increment will be available for the first time at the 2010 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs.

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Exacta Wagering

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An Exacta wager is putting together the top two finishers of a race in the exact order. It is tougher than traditional Win, Place, and Show wagering, but obviously not as difficult as attempting to hit a Trifecta or Superfecta.

There are many ways to place exacta wagers, probably the most common a two horse Exacta Box.

A $2 Exacta Box with the 1 and 2 horse would cost a horseplayer $4. If the race comes in either 1-2 or 2-1, the horseplayer wins. Any other combination, and the ticket is worthless.

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Win, Place, and Show Wagering

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Looking to jump in the betting pool? A good place to start is with traditional wagering, or the simplest way to wager, and that is in the win, place, and show pools.

A Win bet is simple. You cash if your horse wins. If you wager $2.00 on a 5/1 shot and it wins, your ticket will be worth $12.00.

If you wager on a horse to Place, your horse must finish either first or second. Since the pool will be split between the winner and runner up, expect a shorter payoff.

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Understanding Beyer Speed Figures

If you are a casual sports fan getting ready to check out the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown, you are going to hear plenty of talk about Beyer Speed Figures.

But what the heck are they you ask?

Longtime Washington Post columnist Andy Beyer created the Beyer Speed Figures, first appearing in his ground breaking handicapping book Picking Winners in 1975.

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Emoção a galope

Conhecida como “os dois minutos mais excitantes do esporte”, a Kentucky Derby deste ano vai acontecer no dia 7 de maio, no hipódromo de Churchill Downs, em Louisville, casa da histórica corrida de cavalos desde sua primeira edição, em 1875. São dois minutos em que a adrenalina de cavalos, jóqueis, público e, principalmente, apostadores, vai às alturas, com promessas de fama e prestígio, além de dinheiro, para os vencedores.

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Mohaymen Battles Nyquist in Florida Derby

Horseplayers will get an early preview of this year’s Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, with the top two betting choices for this year’s Run for the Roses squaring off in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

Mohaymen is the early betting choice at Bovada for the Kentucky Derby at 4-1 and was installed as the 1-1 morning line favorite for the Florida Derby.

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Baffert Has 2nd Bullet for Derby With Cupid

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert swept the Triple Crown races with American Pharoah last spring, and now has a second major contender for this year’s Run for the Roses after the victory by Cupid in Saturday’s $900,000 Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park.

The colt came into the Rebel off a maiden victory on February 7 at Santa Anita and proved he can mix it up with the best of his class with a gate to wire score in the Rebel where he won by 1 ¼ lengths.

It was Baffert’s sixth Rebel win in the last seven runnings.

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2016 Cheltenham Festival Betting Odds

St. Patrick’s Day is almost here, which means that it is almost time for the Cheltenham Festival. Possibly the biggest event in horse jumping will draw fans from all over the UK, Ireland and the world to Cheltenham Racecourse for four days of world class racing.

That also means plenty of betting opportunities not just on trifectas or exactas, but also on props. Bet365 has released a full list of prop bets for the event and we take a look at a few of them here.

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Early Derby Favorite Nyquist in Action

Last year’s champion juvenile Nyquist became the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) after his win last October in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and will be looking to regain that status on Monday when he is sent off as the 4-5 morning line favorite in the $200,000 San Vicente (G2).

The Doug O’Neill trainee is now the second choice in future Derby betting at BetOnline at +850.

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