Kentucky Derby Betting and The Starting Position

There are only a few days left before Kentucky Derby 2012 hits off. And today, marks a very important event on the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Today, they will hold their draw for post positions in the Run for the Roses and it’s going to have a huge affect on the odds of each horse. Yes, the starting position of a horse is very important to win. You would think that the No. 1 post position, the one closest to the rail, would be ideal because it allows a horse to run the shortest distance to the finish line. That’s true, but a horse starting from the No. 1 post also stands a good chance of getting pinned against the rail. It’s not an accident that no horse has won from the No. 1 post since 1988. History favors horses starting from the middle, which is right around the No. 10 post. These are spots that give horses a chance to start out in front, and from there they can at least stay within striking distance.


Some expert handicappers at says that “If Bodemeister has a bad draw, then it’s got to be Union Rags,” “And if Union Rags has a bad draw, it would be the other way around.” Bodemeister and Union Rags are some of several horses with a fantastic chance to win the Kentucky Derby and join the group of distinguished horses who have won the prestigious race.


With a just a few days before the action at Churchill Downs heats up, take a quick look on my Top 3 favorite horses – and definitely the horses I’m going to put my Kentucky Derby betting on. These horses will give their competition a hard time on the racetrack no matter what their starting position is. And then the battle between these three – winning the race – depends on what position will they get.


Union Rags: Union Rags is a tremendous horse who has had some strong workouts leading up to Saturday’s big race. Trainer Michael Matz has done a wonderful job keeping Union Rags in top form over the past year, and the horse has responded with four victories in its last seven races. Unless something unexpected happens close to the race, expect Union Rags to finish no less than third at the Kentucky Derby.


Gemologist: Gemologist has won five straight races, and in those victories, has shown some tremendous speed and stamina by staying strong over long distances. Trainder Todd Pletcher has to be commended for his ability to keep Gemologist in top shape and condition race after race With great speed, power and stamina, it’s hard to imagine this horse having a poor showing on…

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