05/02/2012 5:09PM

2012 Kentucky Derby: Bodemeister early favorite from post 6

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bodemeister, who will break from post 6, has been made the Kentucky Derby favorite. He is 9-2 on Daily Racing Form National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker's line and 4-1 on the Churchill Downs track line.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Projected favorites Bodemeister and Union Rags avoided landing post positions to the extreme inside or outside when in Wednesday afternoon’s post draw for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The former, the Churchill Downs morning-line favorite at 4-1, drew post 6, while Union Rags, the 9-2 second choice, has post 4. Daily Racing Form National Handicapper Mike Watchmaker has Bodemeister at 9-2 and Union Rags at 5-1.

Juvenile champion Hansen may have benefited from the most from the draw, getting post 14, outside the two other principal speed horses, Bodemeister, and Trinniberg (post 9).

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Gemologist, the 6-1 third choice on the track morning line set by Mike Battaglia, also appears well drawn in the auxiliary gate in post 15, with the bulk of the speed to his inside, potentially allowing his jockey, Javier Castellano, to have his mount track those inside him.

Stuck on the fence is European invader Daddy Long Legs, who drew post 1 when just that post and post 14 were available. On the far outside in post 20 is 50-1 longshot Liaison, one of two Bob Baffert-trainees, along with Bodemeister.

In a deviation from recent years, there is a horse on the also-eligible list – with the lone also-eligible being My Adonis, who could draw into the field if a horse in the body of the field is scratched before 9 a.m. Eastern Friday.

Two horses will add blinkers in the Kentucky Derby: Liaison and Went the Day Well.

Kentucky Derby (G1), Post Time: 6:24 ET

Purse: $2,000,000; 1 1/4 miles

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

Watchmaker Odds

ML Odds

1

Daddy Long Legs

A. O'Brien

C. O'Donoghue

30-1

30-1

1

Optimizer

D.W. Lukas

J. Court

50-1

50-1

1

Take Charge Indy

P. Byrne

C. Borel

15-1

15-1

1

Union Rags

M. Matz

J. Leparoux

5-1

9-2

1

Dullahan

D. Romans

K. Desormeaux

12-1

8-1

1

Bodemeister

B. Baffert

M. Smith

9-2

4-1

1

Rousing Sermon

J. Hollendorfer

J. Lezcano

50-1

50-1

1

Creative Cause

M. Harrington

J. Rosario

6-1

12-1

1

Trinniberg

B. Parboo

W. Martinez

50-1

50-1

1

Daddy Nose Best

S. Asmussen

G. Gomez

20-1

15-1

1

Alpha

K. McLaughlin

R. Maragh

15-1

15-1

1

Prospective

M. Casse

L. Contreras

50-1

30-1

1

Went The Day Well

H.G. Motion

J. Velazquez

30-1

20-1

1

Hansen

M. Maker

R. Dominguez

10-1

10-1

1

Gemologist

T. Pletcher

J. Castellano

8-1

6-1

1

El Padrino

T. Pletcher

R. Bejarano

20-1

20-1

1

Done Talking

H. Smith

S. Russell

50-1

50-1

1

Sabercat

S. Asmussen

C. Nakatani

30-1

30-1

1

I'll Have Another

D. O'Neill

M. Gutierrez

15-1

12-1

1

Liaison

B. Baffert

M. Garcia

50-1

50-1

1

My Adonis (AE)

K. Breen

E. Trujillo

50-1

50-1

 

Mark More than 1 year ago
Seems like the track was speed biased for most of the day. Any thoughts about how the rain might affect it and how it will be tomorrow?
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
Since the KD coincides with Cinco de Mayo this year, maybe I should place a token bet on #5, Dullahan...to show. :D
kenneth More than 1 year ago
This years race is being over-handicapped and I don't see why. There is one horse, and then the rest. Union Rags is a man among boys here, and will show it Saturday. The Derby is always a tough race, but this year, not so tough. Leparoux will move with the pack, the big horse will get rolling around the turn, and it's over. Don't over-complicate things when they are not. Go to the window and make some money.
Roy Fu More than 1 year ago
hurchill Downs Friday, May 4, 2012 Race 11 ( # 11 Karlovy Vary) play double $50 double # 11 Karlovy Vary with Kentucky Derby # 6 Bodemeister # 16 El Padrino
Roy Fu More than 1 year ago
hurchill Downs Friday, May 4, 2012 Race 11 ( # 11 Karlovy Vary) play double double # 11 Karlovy Vary with Kentucky Derby # 6 Bodemeister # 16 El Padrino
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
This may be wishful thinking but is there a KD handicapper that is consistently 'in the money?' This is a tough field from my perspective. I'd love to hear from someone that has 'the eye' for this.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Ahhh, The Grail... I have a map that will take you to a man who says he knows of such a man...
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
LOL!!!! :D
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
I wish I could say I was one of them LOL
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I know of a man who SAYS he is that man...
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
Thanks anyway. I wish I could find the mojo I had when I didn't know squat about the horses and went to an off-track betting place close to home with my sister and brother-in-law...both of whom seemed to know a good bit. Especially my brother-in-law. I looked at the race lineup and pointed to "Thunder Gulch" and said there's your winner...AND HE WAS!! Blew my sox off!! :D
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
The really sad part is that I didn't bet anything. :(
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
Don't feel bad, last year I had Animal Kingdom in exacta's with nine other horses, I just didn't have him with Nehro. And several tri's as well.
KWGRID More than 1 year ago
Yikes! That had to sting!! :(
Rodney Dangerfield More than 1 year ago
The x-factor on Bodemeister is having Mike Smith as the jockey. Mike likes to win big races and I'm sure he will get Bode in a good spot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Something I noticed about Bode when looking at a bunch of still shots is that he's alert, head up, looking and listening. He's a big fella, too. Put me in mind of Secretariat as far as his attitude when quiet. He also reminds me of the young Secretariat that Lucien Lauren said was 'lazy' and 'only does what he wants to do when he wants to do it.' *chuckle* I think Mike Smith could help Bode decide what to do and when to do it. :D
John Spero More than 1 year ago
I guess the rest of the jockeys prefer to win claiming races.
Willian J. Brune More than 1 year ago
I've been betting on the Derby since the '50s and this year is the most difficult I've seen to handicap a winner. And the exotics? Forget it.
JIM TURANO More than 1 year ago
6-10-11 Thats all folks!
Douglas Rutherford More than 1 year ago
An early break-down from the last few days leading up to the Derby ; BODEMEISTER and GEMOLOGIST finishing No Better than 4th . And that is being nice . 19 , 18 , 17 , 16 , 15 , 10 , 9 , 7 , 6 I just dont see being in the Trifecta . I am very aware that this may seem foolish to many . Everybody has their own way of viewing the Derby . I will admit , thru my 20 years of wagering on the Derby , I have selected the Winner 7 times ............ I honestly believe the easiest part of the Derby is getting the feel of whom belongs , and dont get all caught up into a Colt that you may have been following thru-out the last past year and a half ! The Derby has an Act of its own . At the stable areas in the morning is a huge factor , with their eating and drinking normally . Just so much to witness from the inside of the stables . Just Food For Thought - when ya see UNION RAGS out on the track during the post parade , and during warm ups , dont be fooled by seeing that UNION RAGS looks washed up , swetting ! This will happen come Saturday . That will be nothing to be alarm about . That is just him .