As I usually do, here are some suggestions based on what I think could happen in the Oaks this evening and again in the Kentucky Derby tomorrow evening. No, I am not any sort of handicapping expert, but I generally do okay on picking the ponies. My one day at Keeneland was a plus of around $350 total, just as an example. I will start with a hint on the under card for the races today.
In the 10th race, Will Take Charge is a favorite and a horse you do not want to bet against. I was going to play an exacta bet with him and add the Norman Invasion horse along with Moonshine Mullin, all boxed – though I think you could put Will Take Charge in the first spot no matter what. However, Norman was scratched this morning. While I don’t like it as much, I did just the two remaining horses in the exacta.
In the Oaks, which is the 11th race on the card I think it is a one horse race again. This one is Untapable’s race to loose really when you get down to it. Because of that, the odds are going to be horrid again. I do like Rosalind, Unbridled Forever, & My Miss Sophia to probably round out the top three spots, so I put all 4 in a box trifecta. If you just want to cash a ticket (for not much) take Untapable for the win. I did put a $2 win bet on the longshot Aurelia’s Belle, just because. I had some early money on Untapable by the way, but the odds were short then as well – my opinion of this girl has not changed.
Moving on to the Derby, the grand-daddy of all horse races, I had a few favorites in the early part of the season and I have some money on them. A few of them, including Wildcat Red, Tapiture and Vicar’s in Trouble drew into the field. I have some good locked in odds there. I really don’t think Vicar’s has in him anymore to be a real contender, but I will be happy he does. I think that in addition you have to add Intense Holiday and Wicked Strong. Wicked Strong is on the way outside though, so a big question. I personally have a distaste for California horses and I just don’t think Chrome is going to be there at the end. That being said, picking a winner is hard is such a talented crowded field. I put a box trifecta on Wildcat Red, Tapiture, Intesnse Holiday, and Wicked Strong.
Best of luck to all bettors and let me know who and what you have in the comments!
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