Future Wagering Odds for the Kentucky Derby

The Todd Pletcher trained Verrazano passed his first class test by winning the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9 and continues to be a solid favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs.

The colt is now at 6-1 in betting odds released by Bovada this week. The colt is perfect in three career starts and will make one more start before he heads to Louisville for the Run for the Roses.

His trainer announced on Monday morning that the talented colt will make his final Derby prep on April 6 in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Others that are likely heading to the Big A for the Wood include Vyjack (16-1), Normandy Invasion (16-1) and Overanalyze (40-1).

The Ed Plesa trained Itsmyluckyday is the second choice in the Bovada Derby future wagering at odds of 10-1. The colt is perfect in two starts this year, taking the Gulfstream Park Derby on New Year’s Day followed by a victory in the Grade 3 Holy Bull on Jan. 26.

The colt makes his next start in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 30. Also expected to compete in the Florida Derby are 2012 juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby (16-1) and Grade 2 Fountain of Youth winner Orb (16-1).

Hear the Ghost (12-1) jumped toward the top of the list of Derby contenders with his fast closing victory in the Grade 2 San Felipe last Saturday at Santa Anita Park. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee was making his first start around two turns in that outing.

He beat a pair of more accomplished foes in Flashback (12-1) and Goldencents (25-1) in his upset victory.

Coming up on Saturday, March 16 is the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, with 85 points up for grabs in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series (50-20-10-5 to the top four finishers).

Among those pointing toward the race are Grade 3 Southwest winner Super Ninety Nine (16-1), Grade 2 Remsen third place finisher Delhomme, Grade 2 Risen Star fourth place finisher Oxbow (40-1), and Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis runner up Den’s Legacy.

Current odds as of March 12, 2013 provided by Bovada:
Verrazano 6/1
Itsmyluckyday 10/1
Flashback 12/1
Hear The Ghost 12/1
Revolutionary 14/1
Normandy Invasion 16/1
Orb 16/1
Shanghai Bobby 16/1
Super Ninety Nine 16/1
Vyjack 16/1
Dice Flavor 20/1
Uncaptured 20/1
Frac Daddy 25/1
Goldencents 25/1
Archwarrior 33/1
Capo Bastone 33/1
Falling Sky 33/1
Ive Struck A Nerve 33/1
Power Broker 33/1
River Seven 33/1
Tesseron 33/1
Bern Identity 40/1
Fortify 40/1
Hes Had Enough 40/1
Overanalyze 40/1
Oxbow 40/1
Dynamic Sky 50/1
Palace Malice 50/1
Title Contender 50/1