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Kentucky Derby 2012: Odds for Union Rags, Bodemeister and Gemologist

HOT SPRINGS, AR - APRIL 14:   Jockey Mike Smith rides Bodemeister to win the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park during the Racing Festival of The South on April 14, 2012 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.    (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2012

The 2012 Kentucky Derby will take place this Saturday, and there are some horses sure to shine brighter than others. 

Every year there are long shots that generate some buzz, but the favorites are where it's at. Of course, the odds are sure to change one the post positions are announced, which happens on Wednesday evening

However, I doubt the odds will have any drastic changes. You can check out the odds here at KentuckyDerby.info.

That being said, here are the top favorites for the 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby. 

 

Union Rags 

Sitting at 9-2 odds, Union Rags is the top favorite for the big race, and depending on the post position, the colt will likely stay the top favorite. 

Many are hoping Union Rags draws a number on the inside track, as that is where the majority of Kentucky Derby winners have started. Should Union Rags draw an outside number, it will be tough to win it. It's no impossible—just a lot harder. 

Since August of 2011, Union Rags has finished in first place in three prominent races, and it's looking as though the three-year-old will add another victory. 

Union Rags' trainer is Michael R. Matz, who also trained the 2006 Derby winner, Barbaro. 

 

Bodemeister

Also sitting at 9-2 odds, Bodemeister is another horse to keep a keen eye on in the big race. 

The post position the colt draws will be extremely important, but there is no denying Bodemeister's talents. 

Bodemeister's most recent race was the Arkansas Derby, where the colt placed first in a great sign for the upcoming Kentucky Derby. 

Bob Baffert trains Bodemeister, which is good news for the horse, seeing as how Baffert's horses have won the big race three times, the most recent being back in 2002 though. 

 

Gemologist

Sitting at 7-1 odds, Gemologist is the next best favorite, but again, the colt may suffer if it draws a bad position. 

A great post position might also make Gemologist an even bigger favorite. Seeing as how Gemologist has won first place in the last five races it has competed in, several folks are high on the three-year-old. 

Those five races date back to September of 2011, and even though none of them were as long as the Kentucky Derby, Gemologist should be just fine. 

Gemologist is trained by Todd A. Pletcher, a hot-shot trainer in the horse racing world. He trained Super Saver, winner of the 2010 Kentucky Derby. 

 

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