Any gambler in his right mind loves the Kentucky Derby because it is the only time overlays are a given.
With 20 horses in the field (the Derby is the only horse race in the United States in which that many runners are allowed), heavy betting action on the favorites drives the prices way up on horses that otherwise normally take a lot of money. Derby linemaker Mike Battaglia has set Florida Derby winner Orb as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite, followed by Wood Memorial winner Verrazano (4-1) and Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents (5-1).
From there, there are 17 horses at 10-1 or higher, and for value hunters, that is a smorgasbord of opportunity.
The Derby draws casual players to the track and betting windows like no other race. These people not only do not like to lose, but they usually don't know what they're doing. They will follow the favorites—the horses they read about in the media—and bet on them.
Since racing is a pari-mutuel game, in which everybody is trying to win everybody else's money, you want to have these casual fans there. The question, however, is which horse with high odds you, the sharpie, should take a shot with.
Here are a lucky-seven batch of sleepers that could win the Run for the Roses at odds of 10-1 or higher.