With post positions now official for the 2015 “Running of the Roses”, Kentucky Derby fever kicks into high gear with 48 hours to race time. Although American Pharaoh drew about as far of an outside post as one can with slot number 18, the impressive three year old still remains race favorite in many online sportsbooks. However, with second favorite Dortmund drawing the relatively clear and unencumbered 8th spot things just got a little closer and expect the morning line tomorrow to reflect that.
And although it would be tempting to think of this as a two horse race, wiser heads caution against it pointing out the strength and speed of Carpe Diem and the surprise potential of the likes of mid-odds Firing Line. As well the Kentucky Derby is the type of horse race that can be won by surprise long shots. With a huge field of 20 starting contenders, favorites have been bumped, tripped and boxed in before leaving the field clear for middle of the pack and well rested longshots to steal victory.
Regardless of what happens at Churchill Downs tomorrow, the sweet tradition of Kentucky thoroughbred racing gallops into its 141st year and is looking none the worse for wear. Even though racecourse attendance continues on a historical multi-year decline, and as more racetracks really become casino slot palaces or “racinos”, the lure and august beauty of the Kentucky Derby continues to shine.
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