05/02/2008 11:00PM

Big Brown favored in early betting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Big Brown was a lukewarm 7-2 favorite for the 134th Kentucky Derby as the close of advance wagering neared Friday.

As of 6:30 p.m. Eastern, and with $446,183 in the win pool, Big Brown was the slight choice over Colonel John (4-1), Pyro (5-1), and Eight Belles (8-1). The rest of the 20-horse field was 14-1 or higher.

Advance Kentucky Derby odds:

1. Cool Coal Man, 36-1

2. Tale of Ekati, 46-1

3. Anak Nakal, 57-1

4. Court Vision, 14-1

5. Eight Belles, 8-1

6. Z Fortune, 17-1

7. Big Truck, 20-1

8. Visionaire, 22-1

9. Pyro, 5-1

10. Colonel John, 4-1

11. Z Humor, 67-1

12. Smooth Air, 40-1

13. Bob Black Jack, 26-1

14. Monba, 29-1

15. Adriano, 23-1

16. Denis of Cork, 27-1

17. Cowboy Cal, 42-1

18. Recapturetheglory, 48-1

19. Gayego, 21-1

20. Big Brown, 7-2