Following the scratch of Beholder from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has lowered Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's morning-line odds from 6-5 to 4-5.
Picking a Kentucky Derby favorite is much easier than picking the Kentucky Derby winner, but tabbing his (and 19 others') off odds is among the more difficult guessing games in the Sport of Kings. read blog
Orb was the 3-5 favorite in very early wagering on the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), according to the Maryland Jockey Club.
Depth of quality this year means Derby favorite may be 6-1. read blog
Keeneland officials said the Lexington racetrack will be the first in the country to introduce "fractional wagering" and a decimal odds display when the spring meet begins April 6.
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The latest odds say otherwise, but she certainly belongs in the mix read blog
If Zenyatta's connections opt to run her in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), she will be the favorite on the official Breeders' Cup morning line.
With slightly more than two hours until post for the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, the filly Rachel Alexandra is the 2-1 favorite. Four other horses are single-digit odds.
If the payoffs for the daily double involving the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (gr. II) and Preakness (gr. I) are any indication, the filly Rachel Alexandra will be the big favorite for the middle leg of the Triple Crown.
With three hours to post and more than $10 million in the win pool, Friesan Fire is the 7-2 favorite for the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
In the early on-track wagering on the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Friesan Fire is the 9-2 favorite.
The early Preakness (gr. I) wagering is no surprise, with Big Brown an overwhelming favorite. The winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) is the heavy 1-9 choice to win the Preakness and have a shot at the Triple Crown three weeks later.
- By Tom LaMarra
The topic of late odds changes continues to shadow the pari-mutuel industry.
As of 4:30 p.m. and with more than $5 million in the mutuel pool, Barbaro was 3-5 at Pimlico Race Course for today's Preakness Stakes (gr. I). Post time for the race is approximately 6:14 p.m.
Who is the favorite in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)? Well, the public is not sure.
With nearly $400,000 in the pool, admittedly a small amount compared to what will eventually be wagered to win on the Derby, the favorite is only 6-1.
Churchill Downs' 2006 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager enters its fourth year with no clear individual favorite for the track's prestigious grade I race for 3-year-old fillies, so the mutuel field has been installed as the solid 7-2 morning line choice as the wager opens its Jan. 26-29 run.
With $330,000 in the pool as of 3:15 p.m., the odds are hard to figure for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), which has a post time of about 6:40.
With about 75 minutes to the post for the 130th running of the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), Afleet Alex is the solid 5-2 favorite, with about $750,000 in the win pool.
The crowd at Churchill Downs has settled on Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bellamy Road as the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
- By Dan Liebman
Granted, the pool is still small, but the bettors on Kentucky Oaks day pushed more than $380,000 into the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) win pool on Friday. And they made Afleet Alex the favorite over program pick Bellamy Road.
On the heels of a Breeders' Cup when they had a huge day, the Europeans do not seem to hold as strong a hand this year.
The early money wagered on the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) has made Smarty Jones an overwhelming 1-5 choice over his eight rivals as he attempts to become racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.
The crowd at Churchill Downs has established Smarty Jones as the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite. In the advance wagering at 2:30 p.m.--with post time at 6:04--Smarty Jones is the 4-1 choice.
Delays in the length of time it takes to get final odds posted on a race in progress -- a vexing technological problem in the simulcasting age of racing -- can be improved, but aren't going away any time soon, a panel of tote company representatives told the International Simulcasting Conference on Sept. 30.
With less than an hour until post time for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Funny Cide is the 4-5 favorite of the wagering public. It goes without saying New Yorkers want to see the New York-bred gelding become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.
Sure, there is not much in the pool, but the early word is obvious--New Yorkers want New York-bred Funny Cide to become a Triple Crown winner. They are wagering on him to take Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Sackatoga Stable's Funny Cide is the 3-1 co-favorite for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) as of early wagering registered by 4:32 p.m. Peace Rules is also now 3-1. At 7-2 is the Bob and Beverly Lewis entry of Scrimshaw and Senor Swinger. There is $459,714 in the win pool.
Last year, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) favorite was an incredibly high 6-1. Unlike Harlan's Holiday a year ago, Empire Maker was supposed be lower than 2-1. Well, it doesn't look like that is going to happen.
In order to allow the posted odds to most accurately reflect the closing price, wagering during Keeneland's upcoming spring meeting will close as the first horse enters the starting gate.
With only $1 million in the pool, War Emblem is even money with those on hand at Belmont Park to complete the Triple Crown. Of course, there is still an hour until the first race on the Belmont Stakes Day card.
When the pre-entries were announced Wednesday, the British betting shops released their odds on the eight Breeders' Cup races. Among them is William Hill, which announced the following prices:
With two and a half hours to the post, Point Given is the slight favorite at 2-1 in the 126th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico. There is only $423,135 in the win pool. Monarchos and Point Given were both 5-2, but the public has now made Point Given, fifth as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the narrow choice.
As the Kentucky Derby win pool grew to $6.3 million by 4:00 p.m. (EDT) Saturday, Point Given was still favored at 2-1 odds. That is a radical departure from advance wagering Friday, when Dollar Bill was favored over Point Given.
Fusaichi Pegasus was the first favorite to win the Kentucky Derby in more than 20 years when he did so last year. Can Point Given follow in his footsteps as this year's likely Derby chalk?
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