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to beat Mike to the punch and post my Morning Line Odds for the field of 19 colts, as Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy was withdrawn Wednesday morning due to an injury.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 www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/. 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.