Kentucky Derby Odds according to GQ

April 29, 2009 | Gary Quill

Every boy who grows up playing sports year-round, dreams of becoming a professional athlete. When that dream fades for the vast majority of boys as they enter adulthood, many of them turn to Fantasy Sports. It’s their way of trading in the physical participation of a sport into the GM-like, arm-chair athlete participation.    


The beauty about my adult-life sports dream is that I’ll never outgrow it and one day would love to realize it. IT is providing the Morning Line Odds for a thoroughbred race track. Mike Battaglia has performed these duties at Churchill Downs for longer than I can remember and will do so early Wednesday afternoon immediately after the Post Positions are drawn for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby (approximately 12:10pm).


Well this year, I wanted to beat Mike to the punch and post my Morning Line Odds for the field of 19 colts, as Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy was withdrawn Wednesday morning due to an injury. Morning Line Odds are supposed to reflect how the public is going to bet the race, not an opinion on the each horse’s chance of winning. Keep in mind, that in a field of 19, the oddsmaker will often adjust his/her Morning Line (M/L) based on good or bad Post Position assignments. Without further adieu, may I present Kentucky Derby Odds according to GQ   


Name                                       Jockey / Trainer                      GQ M/L

I Want Revenge                       Talamo / Mullins                         7-2

Pioneerof The Nile                   Gomez / Baffert                         4-1

Dunkirk                                     Prado / Pletcher                         6-1

Friesan Fire                             Saez / Jones                              8-1

Desert Party                            Dominguez / Suroor                 12-1

Regal Ransom                         Garcia / Suroor                        12-1

Hold Me Back                          Desormeaux / Mott                   15-1

General Quarters                    Leparoux / McCarthy               15-1

Musket Man                            Coa / Ryan                                17-1

Chocolate Candy                    Smith / Hollendorfer                  20-1

Papa Clem                               Leparoux / McCarthy               20-1

West Side Bernie                    Elliott / Breen                            25-1

Mr. Hot Stuff                           Velazquez / Harty                    30-1

Advice                                    Douglas / Pletcher                    35-1

Flying Private                          Albarado / Lukas                      40-1

Mine That Bird                         Borel / Wooley                          45-1

Summer Bird                            Rosier / Ice                               50-1

Atomic Rain                             Bravo / Breen                           60-1

Join In The Dance                    DeCarlo / Pletcher                    70-1



Complimentary Past Performances for the Kentucky Derby should be available by Wednesday evening at Hope your weekend plans include watching “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”. Enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offers. Good Luck.