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Derby Favorites: Can Dunkirk & Edgar Prado give 1st Derby win to Todd Pletcher?

by Thomas Jensen on Friday, May 1st, 2009

Derby Favorites: Can Dunkirk & Edgar Prado give 1st Derby win to Todd Pletcher?It is no secret that Todd Pletcher has the worst record of any trainer in the Run for the Roses, going 0-21 overall however he might just have his best chance with Dunkirk.  The odds makers at internet racebook SBG Global have Dunkirk listed at +400 odds (Bet $100 win $400) making him one of the top Derby favorites running at Churchill Downs.

"I don't see Dunkirk being green at all,” stated trainer Todd Pletcher about Dunkirk’s chances as one of the Derby Favorites. “He's been very professional in all three of his starts. He's had a lot of traffic and dirt in his face and has been inside, outside and behind horses. So I don't think greenness is an issue. He's very well educated for a lightly raced horse.''

Legendary jockey Edgar Prado will be riding Dunkirk from the 15th post. Prado rode fan favorite Barbaro to a 6.5 length victory in the 132nd Kentucky Derby back in 2006. Barbaro was pulled up following a major ankle injury during the Preakness Stakes two weeks after winning the Derby and subsequently was euthanized in January 2007.  All that is behind Prado, who is hoping to secure his second Derby win on Dunkirk.

“The day he broke his maiden, he made me say aloud ‘I think I just watched the Derby winner,’ something I haven't said in several years,” stated VegasInsider.com Horse Racing Expert Anthony Stabile when asked to comment on Derby favorites including Dunkirk. “He's done little wrong in such a short amount of time and is seasoned beyond his three race career.

“Dunkirk may be the most talented three-year-old in the field, but he lacks seasoning and figures to get either knocked around or forced to go very wide,” stated Horse Racing Expert James Scully when asked to comment on the 2009 Derby Favorites. “It's a lot to overcome for the one-run closer, but the $3.7 million purchase may be good enough to do it. Trainer Todd Pletcher is going to win a Derby eventually (0-for-21 so far), and Dunkirk gives him a big chance to get over the hump.”

Stabile continued: “I really would have liked Gomez to stay here as I can't remember a top-notch rider like Prado go into a funk like this ever. A major, major player.”

SBG Global has posted horse racing odds to win the 2009 Kentucky Derby:

Advice: +3000     
Atomic Rain: +5000
Chocolate Candy: +2000
Desert Party: +1500
Dunkirk: +400
Flying Private: +5000
Friesan Fire: +500
General Quarters: +2000
Hold Me Back: +1500
I Want Revenge: +300
Join in the Dance: +5000
Mine That Bird: +5000
Mr. Hot Stuff: +3000
Musket Man: +2000
Nowhere to Hide: +5000
Papa Clem: +2000
Pioneerof the Nile: +400
Regal Ransom: +3000
Summer Bird: +5000
West Side Bernie: +3000

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