Kentucky Derby 2012 Horses: Most Intriguing Contenders in the Field

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 4, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03:  Hansen trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The 138th running of the Kentucky Derby has arguably the most wide open field we've seen in a long time.

Bodemeister and Union Rags are the odds-on favorites, according to Sportsbook.com, but a number of other horses are closing fast with oddsmakers.

By race day it wouldn't be surprising at all to see a five or six horses in single-digit odds.

While Bodemeister and Union Rags are the top contenders, here's a look at the most intriguing contenders.

 

Trinniberg

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  Trinniberg is riden on the track during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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We'll start with Trinniberg because the entire race starts with Trinniberg. The beyond-fast colt could set a ridiculously fast pace if he wants and that could change the entire complexion of the race.

If his jockey attempts to keep him reined in a bit there is no telling what will happen.

Currently a 50-1 shot because he's expected to falter after the sets the early pace, Trinniberg is about as intriguing as they come.

 

Hansen

Running with Trinniberg early will be Hansen, but the difference is this nearly white horse has a chance to go gate to wire for the win at top speed.

Currently at 10-1 and riding from a favorable 14th post position, he's a threat to win the whole thing if handled correctly.

He's already beaten Union Rags once and comes into the Derby running well.

 

Take Charge Indy

While the horse itself is special, this is all about three-time Derby-winning jockey Calvin Borel, who is jokingly called "Bo-Rail" for his love of the rail at Churchill Downs.

HALLANDALE, FL - MARCH 31:  Take Charge Indy #3, riden by Calvin Borel, charges ahead of Neck 'n Neck #4, riden by Edgar Prado, and Reveron #9, riden by Elvis Trujillo, on turn four during the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 31, 2012 in Hallanda
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Fittingly enough, Take Charge Indy is riding out of the third post putting the jockey and horse in the exact position they want to be.

His odds have already improved and he's currently going off at 10-1. By race day that number will be in the single digits.

 

Gemologist

The undefeated colt didn't draw a favorable position, but he wasn't hurt either. His odds have moved to 6-1 since the posts were drawn and he's likely to see them move again as race day approaches.

An undefeated horse is bound to catch the eye of bettors and sooner rather than later his payout will pay the price.

If you are in on Gemologist, you best get in on him now.