Kentucky Derby 2012 Morning Line

churchill downsDerby Day has officially arrived. The 138th Run for the Roses, the first leg of the Triple Crown series, will take place today at the legendary Churchill Downs race track in Louisville, Kentucky. Official post time for the event, which will be broadcast live on NBC, is set for 6:24pm EST. The Kentucky Derby 2012 morning line has seen the odds change since Wednesday’s post draw with colts like Daddy Long Legs (30/1) and Optimizer (40/1) seeing their odds get even longer. The latest Horse Racing Odds, while still favoring Union Rags and Bodemeister, have both colts listed at 9 to 2 odds. Bodemeister was a slight 4 to 1 favorite (Union Rags 9/2) as of Thursday morning.

The prep race performances and the solid pedigree of Bodemeister and Union Rags warranted the two colts drawing favored status for the Kentucky Derby, but there has been a bit of uneasiness in each horse’s camp since the post draw.

Union Rags drew Post #4 and Bodemeister Post #6, leaving them toward the inside of the large Derby field. With most of the speed on the outside, there is some fear that the two colts might over exert themselves at the start in an attempt to clear the traffic and dirt. Union Rags finished an unexpected third at the Florida Derby after getting trapped on the inside and Bodemeister has never jumped from gates one through seven in four career starts. It remains to be seen how the Bob Baffert trained colt will handle the congestion it is bound to experience later this evening.

All is not lost for Union Rags and Bodemeister backers, though. Both animals are legitimate Derby threats and capable of winning today’s race should things break right. Any other year and they might not have as much to worry about, but the 2012 Derby field is littered with potential winners.

Other colts to keep an eye on today include I’ll Have Another (14/1), Creative Cause (12/1), Take Charge Indy (12/1), and the undefeated Gemologist (13/2).

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Kentucky Derby 2012 Morning Line: Provided by

1. Daddy Long Legs 30/1
2. Optimizer 40/1
3. Take Charge Indy 12/1
4. Union Rags 9/2
5. Dullahan 8/1
6. Bodemeister 9/2
7. Rousing Sermon 40/1
8. Creative Cause 12/1
9. Trinniberg 40/1
10. Daddy Nose Best 14/1
11. Alpha 14/1
12. Prospective 35/1
13. Went The Day Well 25/1
14. Hansen 11/1
15. Gemologist 13/2
16. El Padrino
17. Done Talking 40/1
18. Sabercat 35/1
19. I’ll Have Another 14/1
20. Liaison 50/1