Secrets of the Kentucky Derby

How many people have always wanted to know the secret sauce on their burger ? Me too. – There’s no sure fire way to eliminate runners based on past runnings, or we would have a chart to follow to whittle down twenty horses to just two or three. – Some believe in a chart of sorts and many have created their own. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when looking at the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports.”


* There is a big movement believing the winner comes from a sampling of closers. – Not that many drifted from this line of thought, but it is now being looked at as the starting point.

* No early speed runner has worn the roses in over 13 years. Bodemeister was the closest to get the job done according to Horse Racing Nation when he finished 2nd in 2012.

* The last 30 Kentucky Derbies have been won by a horse who has a sharp effort in his last race. – 18 of the last 24 winners have had a 74% winning average or higher.

*  Geldings have won just once since 1929 – For fans of the Beyer figures, the runner with the highest number has hit the wall down the lane – Extra credit goes to horses who have scored over the Churchill surface.

* The place that builds the best superfecta tickets is found in the 4th spot where bombers rule the day of odds of 20-1 or higher.

* 3rd and 4th place finishers hold a strong percentage of deep closers. This may be a help when thinking of that double-digit runner coming from the clouds.


If you’re thinking of wagering just a few days a year, make this your top. The Kentucky Derby has value galore and with the guaranteed pools and unique Oaks / Derby double and the original Oaks / Woodford / Derby pick-three, and you have plenty to shoot for that offer sweet payouts. There is so much money in the pools, and just a reminder you are not betting against the track. – You are playing against the other bettors, and more times than not you are battling dead money on the board with hunch players who make one or two wagers a year. This is a real bonus for players looking to drop some bombs that may payoff in handsome figures.


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