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Early Kentucky Derby Live Long Shots

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is coming up, with a 20-horse field lining up to go 1 ¼ miles on the first Saturday of May at historic Churchill Downs.

It is one of the best races to wager on all year, but can the betting public get it right again?

The wagering favorite has won in each of the last four years. Orb ($12.80) started the streak in 2013, followed by California Chrome ($7.00), American Pharoah ($7.80) and Nyquist ($6.60).

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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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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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Profile on Kentucky Derby Favorite Nyquist

Update - Nyquist was victorious in the 2016 Kentucky Derby with a time of 2:01:31. The horse is now a big favorite to win the Preakness Stakes. See the latest Preakness odds here.

He is perfect and he is heading to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May as the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1).

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Ultimate Kentucky Derby Props Page

The 142nd edition of the Kentucky Derby goes down this Saturday and although it lasts just two minutes, it's one of the most popular sports betting events of the year. Besides your win, place, show bets, there's a lot more action to get in on.

So whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned expert, feast your eyes on the comprehensive list of Kentucky Derby prop bets provided by Bovada.

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Kentucky Oaks Betting Preview

A good 24 hours before the gate is loaded for the 142nd running of the Run for the Roses, the ladies will take to the racetrack at Churchill Downs in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1).

A full field of 14 three-year-old fillies will line up in the historic race which has been won in recent years by greats like Ashado, Rags to Riches and Rachel Alexandra.

Ashado, the 2004 winner, went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1), earning nearly $4 million and entered racing’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

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Profile on Derby Contender Mohaymen

Mohaymen Kentucky Derby

Oh, how things can change in just a couple of minutes.

Mohaymen went into the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 2 as the solid early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby, down to odds of 7-2 at Bovada. But after the dust settled the colt faded to finish fourth for his first career loss while Nyquist remained undefeated and recaptured the role as the betting favorite for the Run for the Roses.

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Profile on Derby Contender Exaggerator

Kentucky Derby Exaggerator

The brothers Desormeaux will team up on the first Saturday of May for the Kentucky Derby (G1) with Exaggerator, Keith doing the training and the Hall of Fame rider Kent the pilot.

The son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin is coming off an impressive victory in the Santa Anita Debry (G1), which has put him squarely in the mix as a top contender for the Run for the Roses. His current Derby betting odds are at Bovada at 8-1, good for second choice in the early betting

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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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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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