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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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 OddsShark.com ]

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Belmont Stakes Odds

Betting against I’ll Have Another has been a good way to lose money this year but horseplayers won't have to worry about that with the favored horse scratched.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was the big favorite on the 2012 Belmont Stakes odds menu, but a couple of horses have surged to the top of the morning line.

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

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Triple Crown Betting Odds

Anyone who threw $100 a few weeks ago on 2012 producing a Triple Crown winner now has a potential lottery ticket as I'll Have Another heads to Belmont June 9.

The 'no' bet on the Triple Crown odds prop was 30/1 or better and most were considering Union Rags or Bodemeister as the horses with the best shots at winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Instead, it's I'll Have Another with two comeback wins and three weeks to rest before the longest of the three races in New York.

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