Kentucky Derby 2017 a ‘wide-open’ race; early expert picks and betting odds, and more: Derby news roundup
The 2017 Kentucky Derby is wide-open and features a number of contenders without a true lopsided favorite in the same mold as Nyquist or California Chrome. Each of the prime contenders, namely Classic Empire and Always Dreaming, gives reason for pause, while several with longer odds offer chances for big payouts.
Let’s take a look around the web at the latest 2017 Kentucky Derby news …
For starters, take a look at what time the race starts, how to watch the Kentucky Derby and how to find out when post positions are drawn.
HorseRacingNation.com’s Brian Zipse has a good, introductory look at each horse in the field and offers a feel for their style and what type of race will be favorable for their winning odds. Anyone getting started in their early Kentucky Derby research would be wise to start here. Gunnevera, for example, is a “closer” who would benefit from an “honest pace,” Zipse writes.
Zipse also makes a compelling case for McCraken to win the Kentucky Derby, citing his pedigree, style, preparation and training. Zipse calls McCraken the horse “I use the most” in his betting strategy. He projects McCraken as an 8-to-1 bet.
HorseRacingNation.com also has a useful look at Kentucky Derby jockeys and their records, broken down by most Kentucky Derby races won.
Looking for quick betting tips from a Churchill Downs expert? USA Today’s For The Win blog has advice from race analyst Kevin Kerstein, starting with keeping things simple and not looking too far down the odds list for a winner. This year’s edition of the Kentucky Derby, more so than many others, has potential to entice bets on sleeper picks.
John Cherwa puts it bluntly in his headline for the Los Angeles Times: “It’s anyone’s guess who will win this year’s Kentucky Derby.” He lays out five storylines to watch and breaks down the best jockeys in the field, which is an item of importance for horse-racing novices looking to make their picks.
Bleacher Report’s Nate Loop opens with a broad look at the projected Kentucky Derby lineup and the pedigree for each horse in the field. Loop pulls in 24 top-ranked horses vying for spots in a field of 20 contenders and looks at their family bloodlines. One of the early race favorites, Classic Empire, has impressive bloodlines from Pioneer of the Nile, a second-place finisher at the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Loop writes.
Forbes tracked down Kentucky Derby picks and opinions from The Bluegrass Wise Man, a Kentucky horseman and owner, according to the website. The aim was to address concerns and answer prominent questions Derby followers might have. The Forbes article addresses the “flaky” nature of Girvin, the steadiness of McCraken and the erratic nature of top contender Classic Empire. It’s a must-read.