Kentucky Derby Odds: Bodemeister and More Favorites at Prestigious Race

Nicholas Goss@@NicholasGoss35Correspondent IMay 1, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 29:  Bodemeister 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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Bodemeister is one of several horses with a fantastic chance to win the Kentucky Derby and join the group of distinguished horses who have won the prestigious race.

With a just a few days before the action at Churchill Downs heats up, let's look at the top favorites to take home the Kentucky Derby crown on Saturday.

Union Rags: 9/2

Union Rags is a tremendous horse who has had some strong workouts leading up to Saturday's big race. 

Trainer Michael Matz has done a wonderful job keeping Union Rags in top form over the past year, and the horse has responded with four victories in its last seven races.

Unless something unexpected happens close to the race, expect Union Rags to finish no less than third at the Kentucky Derby.

Gemologist: 9/2

Gemologist has won five straight races, and in those victories, has shown some tremendous speed and stamina by staying strong over long distances.

Trainder Todd Pletcher has to be commended for his ability to keep Gemologist in top shape and condition race after race.

With great speed, power and stamina, it's hard to imagine this horse having a poor showing on Saturday.

Bodemeister: 5/1

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07:  Bob Baffert walks through the paddock area during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

Famous trainer and Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert has done a masterful job getting Bodemeister in top form ahead of the big race this weekend.

Bodemeister has raced four times in 2012, finishing first twice and second twice. The horse's most recent race was an impressive victory at the Arkansas Derby.

Bodemeister will be one of the best prepared horses at the Kentucky Derby and one of the top favorites to win the race.

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