Kentucky Derby Odds, Pick a Pony

Dan BooneSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2009

"The one thing I do not want to be called is First Lady. It sounds like a saddle horse."
- Jacqueline Kennedy


Doesn't the Kentucky Derby make ye think Spring? Hearing those hoofs pound makes the spring birds sing.

When pretty Persephone pokes her precious head out of Hades usually her first words are dearest Mother who do you like in the Derby this year?

What ye think your winter was rough? Poor Persephone been in the bleak Underworld bedding down with the Lord of Hell all winter long the least Momma can do is give her a winner.

But if ye can not get to Greece to get the Eleusinian Mysteries Superfecta special the best bet is to follow the early races or pick a pony whose name strikes ye.

Can Captain Candyman Can bring the sweets home? If anyone can the Candy Man can.

Yeah, yeah, yeah
Who can take tomorrow, dip it in a dream
Separate the sorrow and collect up all the cream
The Candy Man, the Candy Man can
The Candy Man can 'cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
Yes, the Candy Man can 'cause he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good
a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man
Candy Man, a-Candy Man, a-Candy Man

What's The Derby without a little Rat Pack, huh?

Dunkirk is a suddenly every-ones favorite but remember Dunkirk was a retreat, a very successful retreat, but a retreat none the less. Beware the horse might run backwards.

And Break Water Edison? The old light bulb man was a meanie who enjoyed electrocuting poor beasts. Giggling old Edison once gleefully fried an elephant named Topsy so shocking a horse would be cruel child's play for the demented electro man.

Pass on Edison Bad Karma. Bad Mojo. Call PETA. Whatever a horse should not have Edison in its  name. Wait for the Tesla horse.

Flying Pegasus now that sounds lucky but just remember Pegasus threw his last jockey, Bellerophon, badly. Hubris can be a bitch. One minute ye be reaching the heights of Mount Olympus and the next a gadfly gets ye.

But if the Pegasus pony wins for ye remember to salute the stars.

Old Fashioned still stands as the favorite and ye know favorites seldom win the Derby. Its always a cold Kentucky reign for Derby favorites.

Hit if Elvis!

Kentucky rain keeps pouring down
And up aheads another town
That Ill go walking thru
With the rain in my shoes,
Searchin for you
In the cold kentucky rain,

In the cold kentucky rain

Keep an eye on the Pioneer of the Nile, California Bob Baffert is overdue for a winner.

And give some love to Giant Oak because everyone knows Oak is a lucky spring wood.

What no love for Parade Clown? How much fun would it be to stand at the finish line screaming Come On Clown! Come On Clown!


A Horse! A Horse my Kingdom for a winning Horse!


Tue 4/28  9:00PM (EST)

101   A.P. Cardinal          +8000  
102   Alma d'Oro          +7000  
103   American Dance          +7000  
104   Atomic Rain          +7000  
105   Bear's Rocket          +5500  
106   Beethoven          +2200  
107   Big Drama          +3500  
108   Bittel Road          +4500  
109   Break Water Edison          +4000  
110   Capt. Candyman Can          +1800  
111   Captain Cherokee          +4000  
112   Chocolate Candy          +3000  
113   Cribnote          +6000  
114   Danger to Society          +4500  
115   Dunkirk          +1200  
116   Flat Out          +2800  
117   Flying Pegasus          +3200  
118   Free Country          +5500  
119   Friesan Fire          +2000  
120   Giant Oak          +2200  
121   Haynesfield          +3500  
122   Hello Broadway          +4000  
123   Imperial Council          +3500  
124   Indygo Mountain          +4500  
125   I Want Revenge          +4500  
126   Jack Spratt          +7500  
127   Masala          +4000  
128   Midshipman          +2000  
129   Mr. Fantasy          +3000  
130   Notonthesamepage          +4500  
131   Nowhere to Hide          +5000  
132   Old Fashioned          +1000  
133   Papa Clem          +2800  
134   Parade Clown          +7000  
135   Patena          +2500  
136   Perfect Song          +7000  
137   Pioneerof the Nile          +1500  
138   Poltergeist          +6500  
139   Professor Z          +8500  
140   Silver City          +4000  
141   Stardom Bound          +2000  
142   Take the Points          +4500  
143   Taqarub          +3000  
144   Terrain          +4000  
145   The Pamplemousse          +2800  
146   Theregoesjojo          +2800  
147   This Ones for Phil          +2800  
148   Uno Mas          +4500  
149   Vineyard Haven          +2500  
150   West Side Bernie          +4000  
151   Desert Party          +2500  
152   Warrior's Reward          +3500  
153   Rachel Alexandra          +3000  

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."
- W C Fields