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139th Kentucky Derby: Triple Crown Horse Racing Predictions

Can you believe it? It’s been 40 years to the day since Secretariat blazed the field in record time (1:59.40) at Churchill Downs, defeating Sham, thus beginning his epic run to winning the Triple Crown of horse racing.

Hope springs eternal in 19 barns as horse owners, jockeys, and trainers dream of having the next Big Red in their stable. Post time for the 139th Kentucky Derby is slated for 6:24 PM ET on Saturday May, 4, 2013.

Itsmyluckyday and Revolutionary Top Chalk on Derby Day

Checking the Kentucky Derby morning lines posted at the online sportsbook we find co-favorites at the top of the betting board as Itsmyluckyday and Revolutionary are both posted with a +350 wagering line. Calvin Borel will be piloting Revolutionary today and that’s significant because “Bo-rail” guided Super Saver (2010) and 50-1 longshot Mine That Bird (2009) to victory on sloppy Churchill Downs tracks in the past. Borel will be a steadying influence on Revolutionary.

Normandy Invasion, Orb, and Goldencents are all horses to watch

Peaking at the perfect time, with quality starts in his last four races, Normandy Invasion is listed with a +600 line and, if he can stay out of trouble early, he will be in contention down the stretch. A top favorite in the days leading up to the Derby, Orb has seen his odds drop from top chalk down to +650 with about two hours until post time. Doug O’Neill, who trained 2012 Derby winner I’ll Have Another, brings Goldencents (+700) to Kentucky after winning the Santa Anita Derby.

Triple Crown Horse Racing: Sportsbook Review Kentucky Derby Predictions

Faced with a sloppy track, and no “super horses” to speak of, the Kentucky Derby is even more unpredictable than it normally is. So much so in fact that a huge payday could be instore for horse bettors following The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. Below, the horse handicappers here at Sportsbook Review offer up their choices for the 139th Kentucky Derby based on the odds posted at the TopBet online sportsbook. Good Luck to everyone – enjoy the Kentucky Derby!

Across The Board Bet: Revolutionary ($30)

Longshot With A Chance Across The Board Bet: Java’s War ($30)

Golden Box Exacta Bet: Goldencents with Golden Soul and Orb ($24)

Exacta Box Bet: Revolutionary with Normandy Invasion and Verrazano ($24)

Trifecta Box Bet: Revolutionary with Java’s War, Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday ($24)

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