Louisiana Derby Bets

With the sports world coming to a halt last week, so did my sports gambling, obviously. I have yet to dive into Russian basketball, but the withdrawals may be kicking in soon.

Luckily, there is some horse racing to tide me over. The Louisiana Derby is in a few hours, running at Fair Grounds. The race has a new distance this year, moving to 1 3/16 miles, matching the Preakness distance. Of the 14 horses, eight are locals, as well as a son of American Pharoah.

The Odds Favorite

Of the 14, Enforceable enters as the favorite in the morning odds, at 7/2. He has own at this track before and has faced 11 of the other 13 in this field. The son of Tapit who likes to chase, the crowded field could be an issue if he gets pushed outside early from the 10-hole.

Horse #Horse NameOdds
1Major Fed8-1
2Mailman Money15-1
3Wells Bayou8-1
4Chestertown15-1
5Social Afleet50-1
6Shake Some Action15-1
7Sharecropper20-1
8Royal Act10-1
9Portos8-1
10Enforceable7-2
11Ny Traffic15-1
12Lynn’s Map30-1
13Silver State6-1
14Modernist6-1

Son of Pharaoh

Looking at prior form, two horses in the field have achieved triple digit equibase scores. Number 3 horse Wells Bayor has a 101, but the pack leader is the number eight horse, Royal Act. Royal is the son of triple crown winner American Pharoah, and had posted a 106 Equibase score and the second highest speed figure in the field.

Photo courtesy of Daily Racing Form

My Favorite

Wells Bayou got the best post draw of the front contenders out of the three hole, with the other speed horses to his far outside. He should get a good early start, and if Enforceable gets in trouble early, might build a lead too big to chase. His Beyer score was 96 and Timeform score was 114, dwarfing most of this field.

Photo courtesy of Bloodhorse.com

Bets

I have Win-Place-Show bets on 3 and 8, as well a an exacta box on 3-8-10.

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