With a field so stacked, there is no way to say any one horse is a runaway favorite in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Last year John Velazquez rode 20-1 long shot Animal Kingdom to a stunning victory, and you can expect this year to bring a similar surprise.
We simply don't get a chance to see these horses run enough to make a bullet-proof reading on how they'll run in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
That puts bettors at a slight disadvantage, but it also opens the door wide open to cash in on some serious cash. Here are two enticing long shots that are worth the gamble.
Daddy Nose Best
Daddy Nose Best is an intriguing candidate that nobody is talking about. A Steve Asmussen horse falling below the radar and being overshadowed by over-hyped horses like Bodemeister is incredibly dangerous.
This is a horse that took home top honors in three of his last four races and comes into the Derby with a full head of steam. Daddy Nose Best looks better every time we see him race and he's easy to fall in love with as a low-risk, high-reward betting option.
Sabercat is another Asmussen horse the field should fear. He's inconsistent and it's impossible to ignore the ugly 8th-place finishes he's endured in some of his most recent races.
Even so, an inconsistent long shot isn't necessarily a bad thing. This horse can get up and go and throwing down an across the board bet has a serious payout should he win, place or show.
Dropping a fun bet on an unpredictable long shot has proven to be a more effective strategy for bettors in recent Derbys than placing a lofty bet on a "can't-miss" favorite and this year will be no different.