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2008 Kentucky Derby Handicapping

by Steve Hastings on Friday, May 2nd, 2008

The most exciting 2 minutes in sports, The 2008 Kentucky Derby, is happening Saturday May 3rd at 4:30 PM ET airing on NBC.  Horse handicapping expert John O’Brien has decided to analyze some recent trends for this year’s 2008 Kentucky Derby. BodogLife.com has Big Brown is the odds on favorite at 5-2 odds for 2008 Kentucky Derby Handicapping. “In the Derby the key is staying close in the race early and having the stamina to close late.” said O’Brien. The front runner in this year’s Derby is Big 2008 Kentucky Derby HandicappingBrown who’s only real question has been a lack of experience with only 3 career starts that were all wins. How relevant is experience in the Derby? In the last 126 years their has only been one Derby winner that has won having not ran as a 2-year old and that was the horse Apollo in 1882.

John O’Brien had this to say about Big Brown. “All of the early money has moved on Big Brown but after drawing the dreaded outside rail position those win tickets on Big Brown are probably going to get torn up forget the pole position that outside rail is a killer.” O’Brien’s statement is even more glaring when you take into consideration the fact that their has been only 1 Derby winner in the past 19 years that has won from the first four posts.  Another relevant factor in 2008 Kentucky Derby handicapping is the path that the contenders made to get to the Derby. In the last 18 years all but 3 Kentucky Derby winners have not finished in the money in their last race.

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