Friday, April 30, 2010

The Kentucky Derby 2010 Contenders

The Kentucky Derby 2010 contenders don't seem to be plentiful this year. Among the 2010 Kentucky Derby contenders, only two have odds below 10-1. Lookin for Lucky is the top favorite at 3-1, although he didn't get any
favors with the No. 1 post position. The closest competitor is Sidney's Candy at 5-1, although he also got an unflattering position at No. 20. Everyone else in between them is a sleeper pick, which seems to suggest that there aren't a lot of high profile horses in the bunch. But this also means there are few overwhelming Kentucky Derby 2010 contenders, which gives almost anyone a shot.

The only consensus so far is that Lookin for Lucky and Sidney's Candy are the two favorites. However, the favorites in this race are often the first to fall apart, as they don't have the best track record. Although no one's confident enough to lower the odds of the other horses, they may be the ones to bet on in the end.

Finding the best Kentucky Derby 2010 contenders other than the two favorites is the hard part. At this point, the biggest challenger may be one that wasn't even entered in the race until days ago. Filly Devil May Care had to step in when favorite Eskendereya was scratched by trainer Todd Pletcher. Eskendereya looked to be Pletcher's best chance for his first Derby win, and now the hopes are pinned on Devil May Care.

This late entry in the Kentucky Derby 2010 contenders may not be the next Rachel Alexandra. But after winning her last race at Gulfstream Park, she is one of a select few with 10-1 odds behind the favorites. With her sudden entry, and with Pletcher's lengthy drought in Churchill Downs, Devil May Care will garner the most attention other than Lookin at Lucky and Sidney's Candy.

The other Kentucky Derby 2010 contenders with 10-1 odds are Florida winner Ice Box, and turf expert Awesome Act. At 12-1, Noble's Promise has had showdowns with Lookin for Lucky before, but lost each time. Derby winner Calvin Borel helms Pletcher's next best shot at a win, as he rides Super Saver at 15-1.


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