LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey John Velazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16, leads the field across the finish line to win the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

2011 Kentucky Derby: Animal Kingdom Wins 137th Derby

Animal Kingdom took home the roses in an upset special. He was a 20/1 long shot to win the Derby.

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2011 Kentucky Derby Results: Final Finishing Order From Churchill Downs

Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby this year, amid a wide-open field and a wealth of unknowns (his jockey, John Velazquez, was slated to ride Uncle Mo until that horse was scratched). Animal Kingdom was a 20-1 long shot, and the victory gives Velazquez his first in the Derby.

Crowd favorites Nehro and Mucho Macho Man came in second and third, rounding out the trifecta. Dialed In, the favorite from the odds, finished in a disappointing eighth place and never was able to challenge for the roses.

Archarcharch was diagnosed with a lateral condylar fracture after coming up lame on the stretch. Luckily, this ailment is not life-threatening, and even with a bad leg the colt still finished in 15th place.

For those who wagered on the 2011 Kentucky Derby, there was a lot of money at stake. Here's the full finishing order for the 137th running at Churchill Downs:

1. Animal Kingdom
2. Nehro
3. Mucho Macho Man
4. Shackleford
5. Master of Hounds
6. Santiva
7. Brilliant Speed
8. Dialed In
9. Pants on Fire
10. Twice the Appeal
11. Soldat
12. Stay Thirsty
13. Derby Kitten
14. Decisive Moment
15. Archarcharch
16. Midnight Interlude
17. Twinspired
18. Watch Me Go
19. Comma to the Top

Here's the full payouts:

16-Animal Kingdom: $43,80, $19.60, $13.00
19-Nehro: $8.80, $6.40
13-Mucho Macho Man: $7.00

$2.00 Exacta: $329.80
$0.50 Trifecta: $988.10

For more payouts, check out the link above.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey John Velazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16 crosses the finish line on way to winning the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Kentucky Derby 2011 Results: Full Order Of Finish And Payouts

Check out our exhaustive Preakness Stakes coverage.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby is in the books and now we can look ahead to the Preakness in two weeks at Pimlico. The second of the Triple Crown is the point at which we find out if one horse has a chance to strike it big. Some think Animal Kingdom, this year's Derby winner, has a good chance given his racing style and the profile at Preakness. 

Before we look ahead, however, here's the full finishing order from the 2011 Kentucky Derby and some additional thoughts.

We start with Archarcharch who stumbled early and gave us a scary moment when he was taken off on an ambulance after the race. No one wants to see a horse put down. Fortunately, his diagnosis of a lateral condylar fracture is not life threatening. 

The race itself was extremely slow as explained by Matt Gardner:

 

KENTUCKY DERBY 2011: How Slow Was The Derby Pace? - And Down The Stretch They Come
In this light, it's pretty amazing Animal Kingdom was able to make up the ground he was in the final furlongs.  On the other side of the coin, front-running Shackleford had everything handed to him on a silver platter to win the Derby - an uncontested and easy lead.  While his 4th place finish was nice, a top quality frontrunner would have won yesterday's Derby gate-to-wire.

 

 

Below is the full finishing order and payout results for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, courtesy of SB Nation. You can watch the race again thanks to this video of the Kentucky Derby here.

  1. Animal Kingdom
  2. Nehro
  3. Mucho Macho Man
  4. Shackleford
  5. Master of Hounds
  6. Santiva
  7. Brilliant Speed
  8. Dialed In
  9. Pants on Fire
  10. Twice the Appeal
  11. Soldat
  12. Stay Thirsty
  13. Derby Kitten
  14. Decisive Moment
  15. Archarcharch
  16. Midnight Interlude
  17. Twinspired
  18. Watch Me Go
  19. Comma to the TopPayouts:

2011 Kentucky Derby Payouts:

16-Animal Kingdom: $43,80, $19.60, $13.00
19-Nehro: $8.80, $6.40
13-Mucho Macho Man: $7.00

$2.00 Exacta: $329.80
$0.50 Trifecta: $988.10
$1.00 Super: $24,063.95
$1.00 Double: $196.50
$0.50 Pick 3: $1,184.55
$0.50 Pick 4: $6,146.10
$0.50 Pick 5: $213,895.34
$2.00 Pick 6 (5-of-6): $12,251.80
Pick 6 Carryover: $513,582.84

Fractions:
1/4: 23.74
1/2: 48.63
3/4: 1:13.40
Mile: 1:37.49
Finish: 2:02.04

Internal Splits:
1/4: 23.74
1/2: 24.89
3/4: 24.77
Mile: 24.09
Finish: 24.55

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Kentucky Derby 2011 Exacta: Animal Kingdom, Nehro Pay $327

With such great odds for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, those who picked a $2 16-19 exacta were handsomely rewarded on Saturday with a $327 dollar payout.

If you recall, I picked Animal Kingdom in my exacta box, but unfortunately did not have the foresight to select Nehro as one of his companions. My horses finished first, seventh, ninth and tenth.

Those who were lucky enough to select 16-19-13 (Mucho Macho Man showed) as the $2 trifecta earned a very hefty $3,950 for their efforts. With such a huge pool of money spread out so thin across the field, the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs was a perfect storm for horse gambling enthusiasts.

That's most of the fun when you're watching horse racing -- the chance to take home a huge purse for relatively little risk. Animal Kingdom now takes the reins as the top candidate to win the Preakness on May 21.

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2011 Kentucky Derby Results: Animal Kingdom Stunning Win

The 2011 Kentucky Derby gave us the show that everyone hoped for. After weeks of speculation and lots of anxious bets made, the trip went without incident and the finish not in doubt as Animal Kingdom pulled away down the stretch for the win with Nehro in second and Mucho Macho Man in third and Shackleford fourth.

There were nervous moments going into the start with Archarcharch on the rail and Watch Me Go on the outside position and all the horses in between. But within just a matter of minutes it was over the the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner was being decked in roses.

Soldat had a great start but it was Shackleford with the early lead at first turn and for most of the race. But Shackleford couldn't hold on and Animal Kingdom was able to break from the pack and win. Favorite Dialed In trailed most of the race and wasn't able to make any kind of late push beyond the eight spot. 

Animal Kingdom was at 20/1 odds before the race. 

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Kentucky Derby 2011: Wager From SB Nation Editor

Well, I've made my wager down at the local OTB site, Sandstone Cafe in Chandler. With the odds fluctuating a great deal during the run-up to the 2011 Kentucky Derby, it was very difficult to find a crop of horses that I was willing to put some money down for.

In the end, I liked what I saw from Brilliant Speed, Twice The Appeal, Pants On Fire, and Animal Kingdom. All of these horses have something in common: a favorable payout if they were to win. I decided to throw down a $3 exacta box on these four horses, hoping to catch lightning in a bottle in what has been a very unpredictable betting process for this year's Derby.

With the race less than an hour away, we're going to see a big spike in the wagering pool, which has already reached an incredible $13 million for the exacta bets alone. You have to love the Kentucky Derby!

For quick tips on exacta box and quinella bets in this year's Kentucky Derby, click those links.

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Good luck to everyone!

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Kentucky Derby Weather And Track Conditions Drive Late Odds Changes

Early in the day the weather forecast a 50 percent chance of rain at post time for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. As the day progresses the skies have cleared and the rain looks all but certain to hold off until late in the evening. That means a fast and firm track for the 137th Run for the Roses and with that news the late betting lines have shifted to the faster horses. 

The biggest mover from the morning odds to just under an hour before race time is Pants on Fire. This is a horse that likes to get out early and run fast. In the mud and muck he likely would have struggled, but with his good post position draw (seventh) his odds to run well have clearly improved. He was 20/1 this morning but has improved to 7/1.

Heading the other direction is Shackleford who went from a morning line of 12/1 up to 24/1 closer to start. This speed horse perhaps had an edge in a slower race but the fast track seems to have lessened his chances.

Odds from Bodog have Archarcharch dropping from 10/1 to 13/1 and favorite Dialed In going from 4/1 to 5/1 as race day worse on.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Fans gather and party in the infield during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Derby Final Expert Picks And Predictions For Churchill Downs

We are closing in on the final hours before the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The 2011 race is one of the stranger fields to handicap, according to one expert who picked Dialed In, Mucho Macho Man, Midnight Interlude, and Soldat as his top four finishers in the field of 19 contenders.

Matt Gardner says this about the race Dialed In will need to run on Saturday afternoon.

While Dialed In is a deep closer, he has the ability to get into the race coming into the far turn. The key for Dialed In on Saturday is if jockey Julien Leparoux can get him to make a big move to get him close mid-way on the turn. If he can, I think he'll have an excellent chance to run down the leaders in the long Churchill Downs stretch drive.

Another interesting prediction out there is for Soldat (12/1) who is a speed horse who would do well if the track is wet and muddy. The latest weather prediction is for cloudy with only a 10 percent chance of rain at post time. Earlier in the day, thunder storms looked much more likely in the late afternoon but the latest weather report has them pushing off until the evening.

Here's the latest odds from Bodog.

1 ARCHARCHARCH 10/1
2 BRILLIANT SPEED 30/1
3 TWICE THE APPEAL  20/1
4 STAY THIRSTY 20/1
5 DECISIVE MOMENT  30/1
6 COMMA TO THE TOP  30/1
7 PANTS ON FIRE  20/1
8 DIALED IN  4/1
9 DERBY KITTEN  30/1
10 TWINSPIRED 30/1
11 MASTER OF HOUNDS  30/1
12 SANTIVA  30/1
13 MUCHO MACHO MAN  12/1
14 SHACKLEFORD  12/1
15 MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE  10/1
16 ANIMAL KINGDOM  30/1
17 SOLDAT  12/1   
18 UNCLE MO SCRATCHED
19 NEHRO  6/1
20 WATCH ME GO  50/1

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Fans admire horses and enjoy the atmosphere in the paddock area during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.    

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Kentucky Derby 2011: Quinella Betting

The quinella is a favorite of low-risk gamblers, because it's a straighforward, no-nonsense bet. A quinella is basically an exacta box with a lower payout, because you pick two horses that can finish either first or second in the race. For example, you could pick Dialed In and ArchArchArch, so at the counter you'd say "1-8 quinella" and pay out $2. 

Generally, a quinella is a $2 bet, but you can make the wager in any amount when you get to the counter. You can also do a quinella box, which means you are unsure between three or more horses. The payoff on these is not amazing, but they help guarantee a more likely return on your investment.

Experienced bettors will play the odds on these, seeing where the money is going on the board and betting on mid-range horses to surprise the crowd and come in first and second. When no one is betting on the horses you select, a win could pay off huge amounts of money with just a $2 bet at stake.

Good luck with your quinella bets today!

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Kentucky Derby Secret Mint Julep Recipe To Impress Your Lady Friends

The mint julep dates back to 1803 London but since 1938 it has been pushed by the Churchill Downs as the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. Every sporting even needs a signature drink and since beer is pretty much the drink of choice for everything else, why not have a sophisticated mix of bourbon and sugar and of course mint for the sport of kings.

According to Esquire Magazine's liquor experts, the original mint julep included a stiff belt of three ounces of French cognac. Obviously, you are NOT going to use any French liquor in your Kentucky Derby drink special. You will be using a good Kentucky bourbon.

The recipe itself is a simple. You put in a lot of mint, then some sugar, mixed it up with the bourbon of choice and add crushed ice.

The secret (don't tell anyone) is to crush the ice into a fine mash. Avoid the electronic appliances for this key task and bust out your hammer. Be sure to yield your hammer in front of the lady you are trying to impress, because every man knows that a woman can't resist a guy with a hand tool.

Remember folks, please drink responsibly. That means no drinking and driving and no drinking and betting either.

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LOUISVILLE, KY: A bartender serves a mint julep prior to the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Derby 2011: Building An Exacta Box

Many of you who are reading this article are likely going to your local OTB counter to make a wager on the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby.

I can't blame you, as this race is full of potential for those who want to make good money off of a reasonable bet. There's no "sure thing" horse, and your best bet is to go for an exacta box.

An exacta box bet is desirable when you have a good feeling about two or three of the horses in the field, but don't know the precise order of their finish. Today's field features Dialed In, who is currently the favorite at 5/1 odds. Archarcharch, Twice The Appeal, Pants On Fire and Mucho Mucho Man all have odds better than 10/1.

When building your exacta box, you need to take into consideration a few long shots -- horses that could end up making you good money if they either win or place in the Derby today.

A few good options include Shackleford at 21/1, Master of Hounds at 18/1, and Twinspired at 27/1. Picking one of these "dark horses" to get into your exacta box could yield big rewards.

If you're unsure of who to bet on, pick illustrious trainers. Bob Baffert and Nick Zito both have horses running in the Kentucky Derby today. John Velazquez will ride Animal Kingdom, who is still considered long with 19/1 odds.

No matter what you end up betting on, do it responsibly and enjoy the race.

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Kentucky Derby Post Times, Updated Odds, And News On Favorite Dialed In

The 2011 Kentucky Derby is just hours away with a post time of 6:24 p.m. ET at Churchhill Downs with TV coverage starting at three hours prior on NBC and before that on Versus. The 137th Run for the Roses features a list of favorite contenders that included Dialed In, Archarcharch and Nehro. Unfortunately, there will only be 19 horses in the field since Uncle Mo was scratched on Friday due to a stomach illness.

Before the big race, however, there will be 13 races on the under card starting at 10:30 ET. Track conditions are Fast and Firm and the weather looks to be iffy. Temperatures will be in the upper 60's with thunderstorms off and on throughout the day. There's a 50 percent chance of rain at post time.

Dialed In, the 4-1 favorite in the morning line, will be riden by jockey Julien Leparoux and is trained by Nick Zito. Zito has won at the Kentucky Derby two other times in his career.

Post Horse Jockey Morning line odds
1 Archarcharch J. Court 10-1
2 Brilliant Speed J. Rosario 30-1
3 Twice the Appeal C. Borel 20-1
4 Stay Thirsty R. Dominguez 20-1
5 Decisive Moment K. Clark 30-1
6 Comma to the Top P. Valenzuela 30-1
7 Pants On Fire R. Napravnik 20-1
8 Dialed In J. Leparoux 4-1
9 Derby Kitten J. Castellano 30-1
10 Twinspired M. Smith 30-1
11 Master of Hounds G. Gomez 30-1
12 Santiva S. Bridgmohan 30-1
13 Mucho Macho Man R. Maragh 12-1
14 Shackleford J. Castanon 12-1
15 Midnight Interlude V. Espinoza 10-1
16 Animal Kingdom R. Albarado 30-1
17 Soldat A. Garcia 12-1
18 Uncle Mo J. Velazquez 9-2
19 Nehro C. Nakatani 6-1
20 Watch Me Go R. Bejarano 50-1

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: A rain soaked track runs during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Oaks Race Result: Plum Pretty Fastest Filly In Field, Barely

On the Friday before the 2011 Kentucky Derby the Kentucky Oaks race is held for three-year-old  fillies. The race is considered Grade 1 and is 1 1/8 miles with the horses carrying 121 pound. The purse is $500,000 and nice bunch of flowers for the girls. Plum Pretty managed to hold off a late challenge from St. John's River to get her second-consecutive win. 

Plum Pretty started the day with 5-to-1 odds and was 7-to-1 at post time. She paid out at  $14.60, $7.00, and $4.60.

And Down The Stretch They Come has description of the race:

Martin Garcia rode a masterful race on Plum Pretty, sitting her just off the early speed and in the clear of any possible trouble. St. John's River was pulled over to the rail by Rosie Napravnik right after leading the gate en route to a rail riding trip around the track.

Inside the final furlong, Napravnik guided St. John's River off the rail in on last attempt to run down Plum Pretty. She got within a neck of the winner but didn't have time to make a final surge to the front.

The Kentucky Oaks is a nice warm up for Saturday's Derby and the ladies didn't disappoint the fans. 

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 06: Jockey Martin Garcia (top), riding Plum Pretty #12 edges out Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding St. John's River #13 to win the 137th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Kentucky Derby 2011: Surprising Odds Favor Nehro, Pants On Fire

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, Saturday, May 7 at 6:24 p.m. Eastern time. With highly regarded colt Uncle Mo a scratch from the race, the odds for each horse have fluctuated a lot on Friday.

Those who have experienced the greatest rise on the charts have been Twice The Appeal and Pants On Fire, who both are hovering around 8/1 odds to win the race. Nehro currently has the second best chance to win according to the bookies, also around 8/1 odds.

Dialed In, a favorite for the past few days, is hovering at 9/2 odds. ArchArchArch, who has the inside position at the start of the race, is holding steady at 12/1.

This field is not filled with many superstar horses, which makes setting the odds a very precarious job. With half the field paying over 20/1 odds for a Win bet, this could be a very lucrative and exciting time for horse gamblers across the nation.

Shackleford's stock has dropped a great deal over the course of Friday, going from 12/1 to 20/1. Does someone know something we don't?

Full odds below:

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Kentucky Derby 2011 Contenders: Nehro Closing Fast On Favorites

Nehro was a little known horse with great pedigree before he came from 11 lengths back to win his first race at Oaklawn in late February. Since then he's continued to impress experts with his ability to finish strong with wide rallies. In the Arkansas Derby he just missed catching another 2011 Kentucky Derby favorite, Archarcharch.

Nehro is trained by Steven M. Asmussen at the Zayat Stables and is the product of Mineshaft and The Administrator. Having two second place finishes and a win in his last three starts, some are starting to notice this colt a bit more. With the additional length of the Kentucky Derby this slow-starting, strong-finishing horse could benefit form the additional furlong.

Expert Matt Garder doesn't see his post position draw as a problem either.

At first glance the #19 looks bad for Nehro, but he does no running in the early stages of his races and he should be able to easily get over towards the rail before the field hits the first turn.

Nehro will be riden by Corey Nakatani who's never won the Derby but he does have seven Breeders Cup victories to his name. At least one writer expects that hunger to fuel a furious attempt on Satuday, "Look for the rider nicknamed C-Nak to put in the try of his life in an attempt to get this one to the winners circle."


The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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2011 Kentucky Derby Expert Picks And Predictions Target Dialed In And Archarcharch

The horse racing experts are starting to roll in with their picks and predictions for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. The 137th running of the famous race is set to start on Saturday afternoon. With news Friday that one of the favorites, Uncle Mo, is a scratch, the field of contenders already took a hit. 

Of the three experts we looked at, all agree that Archarcharch is a horse to be reckoned with Dialed In and Nehro getting plenty of love as well. There was some disagreement over Brilliant Speed and Stay Thirsty is one expert's pick to finish in the top three.

Brian Polking of a horse betting web site from Las Vegas sees Dialed In as the favorite now that Uncle Mo is out. He also taps Toby's Corner, The Factor and Archarcharch as potential sleepers. A horse he says to stay away from, Brilliant Speed, is one another expert feels is coming on strong in the final days leading up to 2011 Kentucky Derby.

Claire Novak of ESPN has been at Churchhill Downs all week and after watching the horses work out, she's most impressed with Archarcharch, Shackleford and Brilliant Speed. She says:

"they've been three of the best lookers in the bunch this week...That these three runners are hitting their best stride at just the right time is obvious to the expert eye."

Meanwhile, Mike Battaglia, who has been "setting the early odds for the Kentucky Derby since 1974" gives us his picks in clear cut terms. His favorites are also Dialed In, Nehro and Archarcharch but he throws Stay Thirsty in the mix too based on the No. 4 post position he drew. Battaglia has Nehro winning with Stay Thirsty to Place and Dialed In to Show.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: A horse trains on the track at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. The 137th Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday May 7. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Derby Odds Update After Uncle Mo Scratch

Plenty of us have gone to work with a stomach problems and there's lots of examples of athletes playing through "flu-like symptoms". Last season in the NBA Playoffs we were even treated to a coach throwing up on the side lines (thanks, Alvin Gentry for this moment in sports history). But when it comes to racing in the Kentucky Derby a little thing like an upset tummy has caused Uncle Mo to scratch.

Uncle Mo reportedly was diagnosed with a "stomach ailment" after he lost a race on April 9. He's been treated with medications but hasn't recovered. I guess a month-long bout with a bug is harder to resolve in a horse than an NBA coach who ate some bad avocado for lunch. 

With Uncle Mo out of the race, the field is down to 19 horses. He was in the 18th position from the pole which means Nehro and Watch Me Go move in a spot and the 20th slot will be empty for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. 

Uncle Mo was recently given 9/2 odds. According to SB Nation's report, the updated odds-on favorite is now Dialed In at 4-1, with Nehro close behind at 5-1 and Shackleford, Soldat, and Archarcharch all sitting at 8-1 to win.

With news of the scratch, updated odds have been posted at Bodog. Here's the most recent list we have at of May 6, 2011:

Dialed In +400
Nehro +600
Archarcharch +1000
Master of Hounds +3000
Midnight Interlude +1000
Mucho Macho Man +1200
Soldat +1200
Shackleford +1200
Pants on Fire +2000
Brilliant Speed +3000
Stay Thirsty +2000
Animal Kingdom +3000
Decisive Moment +3000
Santiva +3000
Comma to The Top +3000
Twice The Appeal +2000
Twinspired +3000
Watch Me Go +5000
Derby Kitten +3000

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Kentucky Derby entrant Uncle Mo with exercise rider Hector Ramos works during morning workouts in preparation for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2011 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Derby 2011 Contenders: Dialed In, Early Bettor's Favorite

Today is Cinco de Mayo, and that means we're officially two days away from the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. While fancy hat season got off to an early start in 2011 thanks to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, there will still be plenty of intrigue and suspense at this year's race.

Dialed In is one of the top contenders to win the Derby this weekend. Put to the test by famous horse trainer Nick Zito, Dialed In has won three of the last four races he has entered, including the Florida Derby on April 3rd of this year.

The Kentucky Derby is a fairly long race, being 1.25 miles (known as 1 1/4 miles around the horse track). This horse has yet to race such a distance, so we don't know exactly how he'll react on that final eighth.

Dialed In will post in the eighth position, and while that is hardly ideal, he should be able to make up ground quickly. As a 4/1 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, there will likely be a lot of money put on Dialed In before the gates open on Saturday afternoon.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Kentucky Derby Updated Odds: Line On Favorite 'Dialed In' Moves To Even

The draw for the post positions held Wednesday has made some big changes to the betting lines and Vegas odds for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Rail position "winner" Archarcharch went from 10/1 odds on Tuesday to 3/1 today. Interesting move that probably reflects public sentiment and name awareness as much as anything. 

The favorite for the 137th running of the Derby is now Dialed In who comes in today at even odds (1/1) after pulling 3/1 earlier in the week before Wednesday's post position draw. Dialed In was the winner of the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and is trained by Nick Zito.

Here's the updated morning odds via Bodog.

1. Archarcharch 3/1
2. Brilliant Speed 7/1
3. Twice the Appeal 5/1
4. Stay Thirsty 11/2
5. Decisive Moment 11/1
6. Comma to the Top 17/2
7. Pants on Fire 11/2
8. Dialed In 1/1
9. Derby Kitten 17/2
10. Twinspired 15/2
11. Master of Hounds 9/2
12. Santiva 6/1
13. Mucho Macho Man 7/2
14. Shackleford 7/2
15. Midnight Interlude 3/1
16. Animal Kingdom 6/1
17. Soldat 7/2
18. Uncle Mo 11/10
19. Nehro 2/1
20. Watch Me Go 13/1

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at the SB Nation 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Kentucky Derby entrant Dialed In with excercise rider Carlos Correa up, works during morning workouts in preparation for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2011 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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Kentucky Derby Post Positions: Draw Doesn't Doom Archarcharch

The draw for post positions for the 2011 Kentucky Derby were announced on Wednesday. Position matters in the horse racing game but it really depends on the profile of the pony. Our favorite horse in the field (based on name alone), Archarcharch, drew the inside rail position.

For Lookin At Lucky, the rail position was the kiss of death in last year's race. But according to the fine folks at And Down The Stretch They Come the draw might not be so bad for this year's no.1 position horse.

Archarcharch is on the rail but he's not a horse that has to be out of the gate quickly (and Brilliant Speed is a stone-cold closer, so he should be able to out-break him in the first 1/2 furlong). It's not an optimum spot to start from, but he should fair better than Lucky did last year.

Here are the Kentucky Derby post draw results:

No. 1: Archarcharch
No. 2: Brilliant Speed
No. 3: Twice The Appeal
No. 4: Stay Thirsty
No. 5: Decisive Moment
No. 6: Comma To The Top
No. 7: Pants On Fire
No. 8: Dialed In
No. 9: Derby Kitten
No. 10: Twinspired
No. 11: Master Of Hounds
No. 12: Santiva
No. 13: Mucho Macho Man
No. 14: Shackleford
No. 15: Midnight Interlude
No. 16: Animal Kingdom
No. 17: Soldat
No. 18: Uncle Mo
No. 19: Nehro
No. 20: Watch Me Go

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at our 2011 Kentucky DerbyStoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  ArchArchArch is lead to the track in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


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Kentucky Derby 2011 Contenders: Master Of Hounds Imports Irish Luck

There's only one horse at the 2011 Kentucky Derby who arrived via overseas flight and went to a quarantine stable for 48 hours. That's how they treat international contenders in blue grass country and Master of Hounds is the only pony in the race to earn that honor.

Master of Hounds is trained by Aidan O'Brien who's making his second trip to the Derby. He had two horses in the race in 2002. The Irish import last ran at the UAE Derby in Dubai on March 26. He came in second place. The three-year-old is the product of Kingmambo Silk And Scarlet. Garrett Gomez is expected to get the ride on Saturday.

In the latest odds for the 2011 Kentucky Derby, Master of Hounds is at 16/1. Here's the video of Master of Hounds thrilling second place finish at the UAE Derby where he missed the price by a nose.


The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 7, and Kentucky Derby post time is 6:24 p.m. Eastern, 3:24 p.m. Pacific. Check out SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down The Stretch They Come, for all the Kentucky Derby previews, analysis, and news you need.

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Kentucky Derby Vegas Odds: Favorite 'Uncle Mo', Long Shot 'Watch Me Go'

We can expect the Vegas odds and various betting lines to change frequently between now and the running of the 2011 Kentucky Derby on Saturday. One big thing that will change the odds between no and post time is the announcement of the post positions. The draw for crucial positioning is scheduled for Wednesday at 5pm ET on Versus.

Once the draw is over we can expect to see the odds change as horses tendencies and history racing in different positions is analyzed by the experts and book-makers alike. For now, however, the clear favorite is Uncle Mo at +250. The long shot horse in the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is Watch Me Go. 

The winner of our Best Name In The Field Award is Archarcharch and he's at a solid +1000 as of these latest odds posted online. Here's the entire field as it currently stands.

Uncle Mo+250
Dialed In+400
Nehro +600
Soldat+800
Midnight Interlude +800
Archarcharch+1000
Pants On Fire +1200
Mucho Macho Man+1200
Shackleford+1400
Stay Thirsty+1500
Twice The Appeal+1700
Animal Kingdom+2000
Brilliant Speed+3000
Master of Hounds+3000
Santiva+3000
Decisive Moment+3000
Comma to the Top+3500
Twinspired+3500
Derby Kitten+5000
Watch Me Go+5000
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Kentucky Derby Contender Profile: Mucho Macho Man Cheating Death At Every Turn

Those in the horse racing business know that of the contenders in the field for the 137th Kentucky Derby no horse has a more compelling story than Mucho Macho Man. This colt has been surrounded by death at every turn and on each occasion either the horse or those around him have prevailed.

Mucho Macho Man's story started at birth. He was born three weeks late and was thought stillborn when he finally arrived. Thoroughbreed Times recounts the story:

"I went over there and he was lifeless. I worked on the foal to see if I could revive him. My husband was there and my daughter was there. It was June 15, Father's Day. We prayed over him. We thought he was a dead foal, and he stood up and ran off. He ran off. The farm manager's wife said, 'You ought to name him Lazarus.' That's what he was called, up until he left for [trainer] Bill White."

Mucho Macho Man was sold as a two-year-old to Dean Reeves and training responsibilities went to Kathy Ritvo in 2010. Ritvo herself is a heart-transplant survivor who suffered from a disease that caused deterioration the muscle in her heart and required the transplant in 2008. Like her horse, Ritvo also beat the odds to survive. 

The third part of this horse's death-cheating story is the rider, Eibar Coa. Coa was thrown riding another horse just a day before he was set to race Mucho Macho Man in the Risen Star event. Coa was paralyzed in the accident but has since recovered.

Current odds on Mucho Macho Man in the 2011 Kentucky Derby are 14/1. With the kind of luck surrounding this horse you might want to take a close look at betting him.

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Mucho Macho Man runs during the morning exercise session in preparation for the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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Kentucky Derby Odds, Schedule And Best Name In The Field

The 137th running of the Kentucky Derby is just a few days away and you know what that means, betting time. The latest Vegas odds are out via Bodog.com and we've got them here for you as well. But first, before you get your gambling on, there's a couple of items of business.

The first is the TV schedule. Here it is:

Wednesday:

4-5 p.m. ET: Derby Classics on Versus
5-6 p.m. ET: Derby Post Position Draw on Versus

Thursday:

4-5 p.m. ET: Derby Classics on Versus
5-6 p.m. ET: Derby Access on Versus

Friday:

4-5 p.m. ET: Derby Classics on Versus
5-6 p.m. ET: 137th Kentucky Derby Oaks on Versus

Saturday:

4-5 p.m. ET: Kentucky Derby Red Carpet Special on NBC
5-7 p.m. ET: The 137th Kentucky Derby on NBC

The next item of house keeping is a little thing we like to call "Best Name in the Field". Horse names are pretty much the second-best part of the Kentucky Derby right behind gambling and drinking. OK, so make that the third best thing. 

Here's our picks for the 2011 Best Name in the Field:

Best Name: Archarcharch

Archarcharch is the son of a horse called Arch. So obviously the extra arch is to add speed? vigor? stud fees?

Actually, the horse's owner said it's all a big joke.

"We just tried to pick a name that people would remember and the announcers would have fun with, just something catchy that people wouldn't forget."

Runners up for the Best Name award in the 2011 Kentucky Derby are Comma to the Top and Nehro. Being writers, we obviously love the literary references. It's as if these ponies were named just for us.

Finally, here's the Derby odds:

  1. Dialed In 3/1 
  2. Uncle Mo 4/1 
  3. Nehro 8/1 
  4. Archarcharch 10/1 
  5. Soldat 12/1 
  6. Mucho Macho Man 14/1 
  7. Master of Hounds 16/1 
  8. Midnight Interlude 16/1 
  9. Shackleford 20/1 
  10. Pants On Fire 25/1 
  11. Stay Thirsty 25/1 
  12. Twice the Appeal 25/1 
  13. Animal Kingdom 30/1 
  14. Derby Kitten 35/1 
  15. Sway Away 35/1 
  16. Twinspired 35/1 
  17. Brilliant Speed 40/1 
  18. Santiva 40/1 
  19. Comma to the Top 45/1 
  20. Watch Me Go 50/1 
  21. Decisive Moment 60/1

The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 7, and Kentucky Derby post time is 6:24 p.m. Eastern, 3:24 p.m. Pacific. Check out SB Nation's horse racing blog, And Down The Stretch They Come, for all the Kentucky Derby previews, analysis, and news you need.

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