Kentucky Derby Odds: Long Shots Worth the Gamble at Churchill Downs

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Daddy Long Legs trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The 138th edition of the Kentucky Derby runs today and while a great deal is made of the favorites, there are those horses who could surprise everyone and pull off the major upset. 

It's no secret the field at the 2012 Kentucky Derby is incredibly strong, which means those long-shot horses will have a tough time shocking the world, but it's still possible. 

Everyone goes all-in on the favorites, but the bigger payout is with the long-shot horses, if you have the money to throw around for that kind of thing. 

With that said, here are some horses with long-shot odds to win the Derby. Since the payout is huge, they're worth the gamble. 


Daddy Long Legs 

At 30/1 odds, Daddy Long Legs will bring you a lot of money if the colt wins and you bet on him. 

In the post position No. 1, Daddy Long Legs will have to start out strong or else he could get pushed to the back by all those horses hoping to get the inside right from the start. 

The winning horse at the Derby has come from post position No. 1 a total of 12 times, which is tied for the most wins. 

Sure, it hasn't happened since 1986, but that doesn't mean it won't happen this year. If Daddy Long Legs bolts to the front right out of the gate, the colt will finish strong, which is why he is worth the gamble. 



Currently at 50/1 odds, Trinniberg is the one horse with that long of odds worthy of placing a bet on. 

It wouldn't be wise to drop a ton of money on all the long-shot horses, as that would be foolish.

However, picking one (or two if you've got the money) to bet on and hoping for a miraculous win to a large payday is part of what makes the Derby fun. 

Trinniberg drew post position No. 9, which is a favorable spot in the Derby. With elite speed, Trinniberg is a horse to keep an eye on. The colt is sure to have a superb start out of the gate and if he can hold on, he just might win it all.  


Take Charge Indy 

Currently at 15/1 odds, Take Charge Indy is a major sleeper in the field of 20 this year. The line is sure to change, so the sooner you jump on the colt the better off you'll be. 

At 15/1, Take Charge Indy may not seem like much of a long shot, but in reality he is, especially when four horses have single-digit odds. 

Jockeyed by Calvin Borel, winner of three of the last five Derbies, Take Charge Indy has the skill to win at Churchill Downs. 

After recently winning the Florida Derby, Take Charge Indy is a horse to watch out for and one that will result in a good payday if you bet on him to win right now. 


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