2019 Kentucky Derby Horses as Famous Athletes

With the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby right around the corner, let's take a look at the top 10 Kentucky Derby points winners and find out who their world famous athlete counterpart is based on their character, race history and connections. 1. Tacitus Juddmonte Farms' Bill Mott-trained gray colt is strong and athletic but lightly raced. The son of Tapit and champion mare Close Hatches clocked a Brisnet Speed Figure of 103 in the Wood Memorial (G2), which he [...]

How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast: Pedigree Handicapping the Kentucky Derby

The most common question when handicapping the Kentucky Derby after "Who do you like" is "Can he get the distance?" A horse's pedigree is often used to help identify horses with a potential ability for 1 1/4 miles on dirt, but it can provide many other clues to a horse's demeanor and aptitude for the demanding classic race. David M. Miller joins Ed DeRosa on BetAmerica.com's How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast to discuss how his use of pedigree has [...]

2019 Kentucky Derby: Trainers, Facts and Trends

Bode Baffert (and Mike Smith) holds up the Derby trophy as his father, trainer Bob Baffert (second from left), enjoys the moment after Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Some of the best-known trainers in North American horse racing will be represented by major contenders in the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but as usual, the “Run for the Roses” will make room for a few newcomers as well. Sixteen different [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Omaha Beach and By My Standards

Omaha Beach winning the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) - Coady Photography The 2019 Kentucky Derby is so deep it only makes sense to discuss the chances of the likely favorite winning in the same blog about the chances of one of the longest shots on the board. Omaha Beach should enter the Kentucky Derby as either the first, co-first, or second choice. Omaha Beach has beaten Game Winner and Improbable in his last couple of races. He looks [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Vekoma and Tax

Vekoma winning the Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) - Keeneland Photo Not a lot of love is flowing towards Bluegrass Stakes winner Vekoma and Wood Memorial runner-up Tax. Nobody’s talking about either horse having a shot to win the May 4 Kentucky Derby. That might be an issue because both appear well-suited for decent Derby runs. First up? Vekoma. After making the case for and against Vekoma to win the Run for the Roses, we’ll turn our attention [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Maximum Security and Spinoff

Maximum Security wins Florida Derby(Coglianese Photos) Because 20 horses enter into the Kentucky Derby starting gate, there’s a chance that many runners will offer overlay odds. Two of those horses offering overlay odds on May 4 should be the Todd Pletcher trained Spinoff and the Florida Derby winner, Maximum Security. Both are quality three-year-olds who deserve to be in the starting gate. But, questions surround both, which is why to get a real idea of whether either has [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Improbable and Tacitus

Improbable wins Street Sense S. (Coady Photo/Churchill) The Kentucky Derby on May 4 figures to be one of the most difficult to handicap in years. The 2019 Derby is incredibly deep. There won’t be a clear-cut favorite like Justify last year. That’s why it’s important to think about the pros and cons of each entrant. In this blog, I provide a Derby case for and against both Improbable and Tacitus. The Bob Baffert trained Improbable could go off [...]

Kentucky Derby Make the Case: Roadster and Game Winner

Game Winner wins American Pharoah S.(Benoit Photo) Two time Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert will saddle three horses for the May 4 Kentucky Derby. All three should garner plenty of action. Two of the three are Roadster, the Santa Anita Derby winner, and last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Game Winner. Both appear to have what it takes to win the Run for the Roses. Not only are they trained by arguably the top three-year-old horseman of [...]

Who Do Ya Like Podcast: Kentucky Derby Chat With Churchill Downs’ Joe Kristufek

On this week's Who Do Ya Like Podcast on the Bet America Radio Network, host Scott Shapiro welcomes in Churchill Downs' handicapper and on-air analyst Joe Kristufek. Now in his 5th Kentucky Derby, Joe discusses his top contenders for the world's most famous horse racing and how he approaches the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports both as a handicapper and a bettor.