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Kentucky Derby Preview.

2 May, 2009,  Peter Bowman, Staff writer

Today Churchill Downs plays host to the 135th running of the legendary Kentucky Derby, so we thought we'd take a quick look at the bets bets in what is considered one of the toughest fields to pick in a while.

The following snippets are courtesy of leading wagering site Bodog Sportsbook.

With no Big Brown standout this year, the 135th Kentucky Derby is going to be harder to pick than a broken nose.  But on the eve of the big race, a few favorites have emerged

I Want Revenge (11/4):

Unbeaten since switching from synthetic to dirt tracks in February when pipped at the post by Pioneer of the Nile at Santa Anita Park, Revenge will be ridden by regular jockey Joe Talamo and should be tough to beat if able to get a clear run and stay out of trouble.

Pioneer of the Nile (6/1):

Yet to race on dirt, but impeccable form on synthetic tracks has seen him undefeated so far this year.  And from track work at Churchill Downs during the week the indications are that that this form will translate quite well on to dirt thank you very much.  Could be the value bet of the Derby at the generous odds of 6 to 1.

Friesan Fire (13/2)

Also unbeaten this year, Fiesan's last run was at Fair Grounds in the Louisiana Derby when he won on a heavy track.  If inclement weather persists through Saturday Friesan's chances will only improve, although there is a question mark over his ability handle Churchill Downs, having only raced at the Fair Grounds since December last year.

Bodog's long shot pick is General Quarters,  trained by 75-year-old Thomas McCarthy and paying 28/1.

The race starts at 6pm Kentucky time today.  Good punting.


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