Kentucky Derby 2012: Key Factors in Selecting This Year's Winner

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Kentucky Derby 2012: Key Factors in Selecting This Year's Winner
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Picking a winner seems like pure luck. It can be. But if you do your research, you can increase your chances at a winning pick significantly. 

Sometimes a horse's name can increase his or her odds because a lot of people bet on the name alone. That does not mean that horse is going to do well in the race.  

Some of the factors may surprise you if you've never bet on a horse race before. The Kentucky Derby is a good place to start. 

The field for this year’s Derby field is pretty wide open. It’s hard to predict who is going to do well. 

Hall of Fame trainer and two-time Kentucky Derby winner (Unbridled and Street Sense), Carl Nafzger, explained his observations of this year’s Derby field with Loren Hebel-Osborne.

“This is going to be a great Derby field – it’s a solid crop! These horses are giving you their race every time,” Nafzger said.

Nafzger also said that any of the horses could “come around” in their very next race.

Here are some of the factors that could mean a good day or a bad day for the horses on Saturday.

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