Kentucky Derby 2012: Dullahan and Overrated Horses to Avoid

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Dullahan trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 138th edition of the Kentucky is sure to be very exciting, but if you're looking for a horse to pick, it would be a wise decision to steer clear of those being overrated. 

It happens every year, a horse gets a favorable post position and everyone falls head over heels for them. However, more often than not that horse never amounts to much in the Derby, squashing the hopes of many. 

With that said, here are the overrated horses to avoid. 



Dullahan has picked up some big hype this week, but this colt is one you want to avoid. 

First and foremost, Dullahan is 0-3 at Churchill Downs, which is a huge red flag right from the start. The three-year-old is known for his closing speed, but there's a big chance it wont matter during the race.

Dullahan drew post position No. 5, meaning he's surrounded by several talented horses, all who could easily get out front early and push Dullahan to the back, so it's best to avoid picking him. 



For starters, Gemologist is undefeated, which makes him such an enticing pick. 

However, he didn't race against very strong competition. Since he hasn't really been tested all that much, your best bet would be to forget about him.

Yes, he's a popular name right now, but considering he also drew post position No. 15, things may not go so well for Gemologist. 


Daddy Nose Best 

This colt may not have high odds to win the race like the other two, but Daddy Nose Best has a very favorable post position, which is why folks are high on him as a sleeper. 

Daddy Nose best is in the No. 10 post position, which was done really well in the Derby. The three-year-old has also won his two most recent races, another reason some feel he will surge on Saturday evening. 

However, he hasn't been tested by the elite and he has been inconsistent at times, so the wise move would be to pass on Daddy Nose Best. 


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