The lightly raced Daddy Long Legs with make a run at glory this weekend as a member of the 2012 Kentucky Derby field. As a competitor in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile the chestnut colt is having a second go at the legendary Churchill Downs track. Trainer Aidan O’Brien is hoping for a better result this time around as the horse placed a distant 12th in that event. The latest Kentucky Derby Predictions would suggest Daddy Long Legs is a long shot; the colt, which was bred by Woodford Thoroughbreds in Kentucky, is presently listed at +2500 Horse Racing Odds to win the 138th Run for the Roses.
Daddy Long Legs kept a busy scheduled last year, racing four times between August 10th and November 5th, but the colt has barely touched the track in 2012. The Scat Daddy sired colt has competed only in the Grade 2 UAE Derby, which took place at the end of Match.
The light schedule has caused some to speculate that Daddy Long Legs may not be prepared for the 1 1/4 miles Derby, but that is not the only concern dogging the animal. The colt has shown well on synthetic and turf surfaces, winning the Grade 2 Royal Lodge Stakes in England (turf) and the aforementioned UAE Derby (synthetic); however, its lone dirt track run left much to be desired.
Daddy Long Legs ran to a 12th place finish at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall at Churchill Downs. The lackluster result, coupled with the factors mentioned above, has caused many to question whether or not colt can stay competitive on Saturday.
Working in the colt’s favor, though, is the pedigree of its sire, Scat Daddy. Despite an ugly 18th place finish at the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Scat Daddy proved himself adept on dirt and in distance races, winning both the Grade 1 Florida Derby (1 1/8miles) and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes (1 1/8 miles) in 2007. Perhaps some of that lineage will manifest itself when Daddy Long Legs hits the Churchill Downs dirt for a second time.
Daddy Long Legs Odds 2012 Kentucky Derby Predictions: Provided by Bovada.lv
Daddy Long Legs +2500 (To Win 2012 Kentucky Derby)