Odds to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby

kentucky derby union ragsWith the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby just over a week away excitement for the legendary race will reach a fever pitch in the upcoming days. The most famous of the Triple Crown races is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5th at approximately 5:00pm ET; it will be broadcast live on NBC. Kentucky Derby Odds have Bodemeister and Union Rags listed as +500 moneyline co-favorites. Other top contenders in this year’s Run for the Roses include Gemologist (+700), Alpha (+1000), Creative Cause (+1000), Dullahan (+1000), and Hansen (+1200).

Union Rags won Grade I and II races after breaking his maiden in July of 2011 and the Michael Matz trained colt again turned heads with a second place finish at the 1 1/16 miles Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November. The three year old bay returned to the winner’s circle in February at the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, establishing itself as the one to watch in this year’s Derby field.

Union Rags did suffer a bit of a setback his last time out, though, placing behind Take Charge Indy and Reveron at the Grade I Florida Derby in late March. Still, most horse racing experts view the gifted colt and jockey Julien Leparoux as a threat to conquer the 1 1/4 miles track at Churchill Downs next Saturday.

Joining Union Rags as a favorite is the Zayat Stables owned Bodemeister. The bay colt, which is trained by three time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert (Silver Charm 1997, Real Quiet 1998, War Emblem 2002), has just four races on its resume (two stakes races); however, its stock jumped significantly after a brilliant winning turn at the Grade I Arkansas Derby (1 1/8 miles) on April 14th.

The Todd Pletcher trained Gemologist is also viewed as another strong Derby contender. The Tiznow sired colt is undefeated in five races and it most recently won the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Wood Memorial on April 7th at the Aqueduct in New York. Gemologist just edged fellow Derby entrant Alpha to claim the race.

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Odds to win the 2012 Kentucky Derby: Provided by SBG Global

Bodemeister +500
Union Rags +500
Gemologist +700
Alpha +1000
Creative Cause +1000
Dullahan +1000
Hansen +1200
I’LL Have Antoher +1200
Take Charge Indy +1500
El Padrino +1600
Secret Circle +2000
Went The Day Well +2000
Daddy Nose Best +2000
Daddy Long Legs +2500
Done Talking +3000
Mark Valeski +3000
Howe Great +3000
Liaison +3500
Sabercat +3500
Optimizer +5000
Prospective +5000
Reveron +5000
Rousing Sermon +5000
Castaway +10000
Isn’t He Clever +10000
Golden Ticket +12500
Morgans Guerilla +12500