Kentucky Derby Early Betting: Revolutionary, Goldencents Taking Action

Michael Dempsey@turfnsportFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2013

Nearly $600,000 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby on Friday wiht Revolutionary taking the most action.
Nearly $600,000 was wagered on the Kentucky Derby on Friday wiht Revolutionary taking the most action.Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

 With nearly $600,000 in win betting taken on Friday in advance on the $139th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1), Revolutionary and Goldencents share betting-favorite billing at 5-1.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Revolutionary actually has more money wagered, with $73,955 in the wagering pool compared to $71,010 for Goldencents.

Revolutionary was 10-1 on the morning line set by Churchill Downs linesmaker Mike Battaglia. The colt is coming into the Run for the Roses off a victory in the Withers (G3) at Aqueduct and the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The colt will be ridden by three-time Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel.

Borel certainly is popular among fans, which might explain the action, as well as the fact that the colt broke his maiden over a wet track and has a strong off-track pedigree.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain in Louisville on Saturday, according to

The Doug O’Neill-trained Goldencents is coming off a win in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) and is right at his morning line odds of 5-1.

Florida Derby (G1) winner Orb was installed as the 7-2 morning line favorite but has drifted up to 6-1 in early betting.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the undefeated Verrazano, who is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line. The Pletcher trainee has drifted up to 11-1.

The colt closed at 7-1 in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager on March 22, and has been the betting favorite through most of the spring.

Normandy Invasion, the Chad Brown trainee that rallied to finish second behind Verrazano in the Wood Memorial, is at 8-1, down from his 12-1 morning line.

Arkansas Derby (G2) runner-up Frac Daddy took some action on Friday, closing at 15-1. The Ken McPeek trainee is 50-1 on the morning line.

One of the chilliest in wagering on Friday was Vyjack, who was undefeated in four starts before running third in the Wood. The colt is 15-1 on the morning line but drifted up to 43-1 in early wagering.

Advance wagering was brisk for the Derby. “There was plenty of advance wagering on the Derby on Friday,” stated Barry Dorey, manager at U.S. Racebook, which takes wagers on Churchill Downs and over 100 other tracks in the U.S. and abroad.

“Interest in this year’s Derby is high, and with such a wide-open field, even a little rain will not stop horseplayers from getting down on the two most exciting minutes in sports,“ Dorey added.

Post time for the Kentucky Derby is at 6:24 p.m. ET; the race will be broadcast live on NBC.


Derby Wagering Odds as of Friday

Post Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds Friday Odds
1 Black Onyx

Kelly Breen
Scratched N/A
2  Oxbow
Gary Stevens
D. Wayne Lukas
3 Revolutionary  Calvin Borel  Todd Pletcher
4 Golden Soul Robby Albarado  Dallas Stewart  50-1
5 Normandy Invasion
Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
6 Mylute
Rosie Napravnik
Tom Amoss
7 Giant Finish Jose L. Espinoza  Anthony W. Dutrow  50-1
8 Goldencents  Kevin Krigger  Doug O'Neill  5-1
9 Overanalyze  Rafael Bejarano  Todd Pletcher  15-1
10 Palace Malice  Mike Smith  Todd Pletcher  20-1
11 Lines of Battle  Ryan Moore  Aidan O'Brien  30-1
12 Itsmyluckyday  Elvis Trujillo Eddie Plesa, Jr.  15-1
13 Falling Sky  Luis Saez  John Terranova II  50-1
14 Verrazano
John R. Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
15 Charming Kitten
Edgar Prado
Todd Pletcher
16 Orb Joel Rosario
Claude R. McGaughey III
17 Will Take Charge Jon Court
D. Wayne Lukas
18 Frac Daddy Victor Lebron  Ken McPeek
19 Java's War  Julien Leparoux  Ken McPeek  15-1
20 Vyjack Garrett Gomez
Rudy Rodriguez

Oaks-Derby Double $2 Will-Pays

1. Black Onyx, scratched
2. Oxbow, $2,133.40
3. Revolutionary, $790
4. Golden Soul, $3,599.20
5. Normandy Invasion, $742
6. Mylute, $1,508.20
7. Giant Finish, $5,844
8. Goldencents, $953.60
9. Overanalyze, $1,246.80
10. Palace Malice, $1,547.60
11. Lines of Battle, $2,337.20
12. Itsmyluckyday, $983
13. Falling Sky, $6,241.40
14. Verrazano, $804.60
15. Charming Kitten, $3,617.80
16. Orb, $621.40
17. Will Take Charge, $3,088
18. Frac Daddy, $3,943.80
19. Java's War, $1,685.60
20. Vyjack, $1,313.80


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