2011 Derby Horses Lineup

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The current twenty-two contenders for the Kentucky Derby are arriving at Churchill Downs throughout April in preparation for the May 7th, 2011 Run for the Roses. Kentucky Derby horses are thoroughbreds, well-suited for jockey-mounted races due to their usually passionate or “hot-headed” nature.

Among the horses for the 13tth running of the Kentucky Derby are five expected to be among the top placing horses. Each of these Kentucky Derby horses ranks in the top five among expert Derby picks. Review these top horses and their recent race statistics to decide on a Kentucky Derby bet. Visit top horse racing bookmakers at Sportsbook.com or Bodog.com soon to place your bet for the winning Kentucky Derby horse.


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Eskendereya is currently the top favorite, with excellent showings in recent races such as:

  • 1st place at Wood Memorial on April 3, 2010
  • 1st place at Fountain of Youth on February 20, 2010
  • 1st place at Gulf Stream Park Alw 37000nfx on January 7, 2010
  • 9th place at Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 7, 2009
  • 1st place in Pilgrim 150k on October 4, 2009

Eskendereya seems to have a consistently strong lead that launches into a winning stride under the recent jockeying of John Velazquez. Eskendereya’s team is:

  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher
  • Owners: Zayat Stables
  • Breeder: Sanford R. Robertson
  • Jockey: John Velazquez in January through April 2010; 2 previous jockeys

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Looking At Lucky

Looking At Lucky is one of three favorite Kentucky Derby horses that have always had the same jockey. Since July 2009, Looking At Lucky has finished first in six of his eight races along the way to the Kentucky Derby. His most recent races include:

  • 3rd place at the Santa Anita Derby on April 3, 2010
  • 1st place at the Rebel Stakes on March 13, 2010
  • 1st place in the CashCall Futurity on December 19, 2009
  • 2nd place at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on November 7, 2009

Looking At Lucky is presented by:

  • Trainer: Bob Baffert
  • Owners: Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, Paul Weitman
  • Breeder: Gulf Coast Farms
  • Jockey: Garrett Gomez, all eight races

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Sidney’s Candy

Sidney’s Candy is making a recent mark on the races that could rival Eskendereya’s first place favorite role by May 1. In recent races, Sidney’s Candy has finished:

  • 1st place in Santa Anita Derby on April 3, 2010
  • 1st place in San Felipe on March 13, 2010
  • 1st place in San Vicente on February 15, 2010

Sidney’s Candy is supported by:

  • Trainer: John Sadler
  • Owners: Craig Family Trust
  • Breeder: Craig Family Trust
  • Jockey: Joseph Talamo, all races

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Awesome Act

Awesome Act is showing his Derby stride with strong and fast recent races that include:

  • 3rd place at Wood Memorial on April 3, 2010
  • 1st place at Gotham Stakes on March 6, 2010
  • 4th place in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on November 7, 2009

Awesome Act has a team including:

  • Trainer: Jeremy Noseda
  • Owners: Vinery Stables & Susan Roy
  • Breeder: Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.
  • Jockey: Julien Leparoux, all races

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Dublin has been under the reigns of six different jockeys since June 2009, which can affect a horse’s consistent performance. He is still a top favorite contender for the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle. Dublin’s recent race statistics are:

    • 3rd place in Arkansas Derby on April 10, 2010
    • 3rd place in Rebel Stakes on March 13, 2010
    • 2nd place in The Southwest on February 20, 2010
    • 1st place in The Hopeful on September 7, 2009

Dublin’s team includes:

  • Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
  • Owners: William Mack & Robert Baker
  • Breeder: Peter E. Blum & Gerry Dilger
  • Jockey: Corey Nakatani, as of April 2010

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Armed with these top Kentucky Derby horse picks, get into the action right away by making bets at Sportsbook.com or Bodog.com. These top sportsbooks are featuring a full list of Kentucky Derby betting lines on these and the other Derby contenders. May 1 is just around the corner, so saddle up your betting coupons before the opportunity races by.

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