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Kentucky Derby 2015 - Picks, Odds, Entries, & Post Positions

Kentucky Derby 2015

6:25 PM EST  

May 2, 2015

Churchill Downs

TV: NBC

Another year has gone by and the Kentucky Derby is back at the forefront of the horse racing populace. The 2015 Kentucky Derby is set to kick off this coming weekend, starting on May 2nd 2015. The draw went well for most of the favorites and we really think the top 5 betting choices will not be affected by spot in the starting gate. 

Readers should know that the gating order will dictate a lot of how this race culminates, with the 1st gate historically being the most likely winner (eight times in the history of the race). Still, as you can see anything is possible. We decided to take a look at two of our favorite horses in this year's big event.

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This is 1st big test for these young 3 years olds as the 1 1/4 mile is the first time these horses have run this far. This years derby is loaded with early speed trying to wing it on the front end in fact 4 of out top 5 favorites are speed horses, if speed duel come to fruition it could mean big upset for 2015 Kentucky Derby. 

American Pharaoh (5/2) takes the lead as the odds on favorite to win the 2015 Derby. Pharaoh has been spectacular in his derby preps winning all by dominating fashion. He beat Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths and Arkansas Derby by an incredible 8 lengths. American Pharaoh has a graceful, loping style that allows him to keep his position at the front. Question for American Pharaoh is can he set off the pace or will he get caught up in speed duel.

Carpe Diem (8-1) is probably the biggest contender that nobody is talking about. With a strong pedigree behind him, Carpe Diem has the stamina to run down the 2015 Derby. This year Carpe Diem has already won the Tampa Bay Derby and the Blue Grass Stakes. 

Of course we are always about getting better prices in the competitive 20 horse field and our handicapping picks and wagers are below the PP's.

2015 Kentucky Derby Entries, Jockey, & Trainer

 

1

Ocho Ocho Ocho (KY)

50/1

E Trujillo

J M Cassidy

2

Carpe Diem (KY)

8/1

J R Velazquez

T A Pletcher

3

Materiality (KY)

12/1

J Castellano

T A Pletcher

4

Tencendur (NY)

30/1

M Franco

G Weaver

5

Danzig Moon (ON)

30/1

J R Leparoux

M E Casse

6

Mubtaahij (IRE)

20/1

C Soumillon

M F de Kock

7

El Kabeir (FL)

30/1

C H Borel

J P Terranova, II

8

Dortmund (KY)

3/1

M Garcia

B Baffert

9

Bolo (KY)

30/1

R Bejarano

C Gaines

10

Firing Line (KY)

12/1

G L Stevens

S Callaghan

11

Stanford (KY)

30/1

F Geroux

T A Pletcher

12

International Star (NY)

20/1

M Mena

M J Maker

13

Itsaknockout (KY)

30/1

L Saez

T A Pletcher

14

Keen Ice (KY)

50/1

K J Desormeaux

D L Romans

15

Frosted (KY)

15/1

J Rosario

K P McLaughlin

16

War Story (KY)

50/1

J Talamo

T M Amoss

17

Mr. Z (KY)

50/1

R A Vazquez

D W Lukas

18

American Pharoah (KY)

5/2

V Espinoza

B Baffert

19

Upstart (NY)

15/1

J L Ortiz

R A Violette, Jr.

20

Far Right (KY)

30/1

M E Smith

R Moquett

 

2014 Kentucky Derby Predicted Order of Finish

1st Place: #15 Frosted (15-1) - The Wood Memorial Winner is one of the few contenders that doesn't need to be near the front to win. Love the way Frosted closed on the field in last win and a super fast pace early should set up for late closer. 

2nd Place: #8 Dortmund (3-1) - Santa Anita Derby winner looked amazing coming for home and think the distance will not be a problem for Dortmund. Not in love with the price as Dortmund will have to sit off the pace something he has not proven he loves to do. In recent years Santa Anita Derby form has held up and think it does again in 2015.  

3rd Place: #18 American Pharaoh (5-2) - The obvious favorite and hard to find a ton wrong with the form of American Pharaoh. Still we have to take a stand against favorite at such a low price. Quick pace with American Pharaoh sitting too close to that pace will soften up favorite and allow us to splash the pool with big longshot.

Winning Wager for 2014 Kentucky Derby

$100 Win/Place: #15 Frosted

$5 Exacta Box: #15 Frosted, #8 Dortmund, #18 American Pharaoh, and #2 Carpe Diem

$1 Trifecta Wheel: #18 Frosted, #8 Dortmund, #18 American Pharaoh with #18 Frosted, #8 Dortmund, #18 American Pharaoh, with ALL

 

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