01 May 2009

churchill downs prepares for 135th run for the roses

saturday 02 may 2009
the 135th running of the kentucky derby will be broadcast by nbc
from churchhill downs starting at 3:00 p.m. cdt
with post time at approximately 5:04 p.m. cdt
UPDATE 10:55 pm cdt friday 01 may 2009:

Friesan Fire ranks as 9-2 choice in advance Derby wagering
Louisiana Derby (G2) romper FRIESAN FIRE (A.P. Indy), who started off as the 5-1 fourth choice on the morning line, has been bet down to 9-2 favoritism for Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), as of 7 p.m. (EDT) on Friday.

Coming next in the early-bird wagering is Blue Grass S. (G1) victor GENERAL QUARTERS (Sky Mesa) at 5-1, plummeting from his 20-1 morning-line price.

Wood Memorial S. (G1) star I WANT REVENGE (Stephen Got Even), who was tabbed as the 3-1 morning line favorite, has drifted up to 6-1. UPDATE SCRATCHED

Florida Derby (G1) runner-up DUNKIRK (Unbridled's Song) has likewise seen his odds go up to 8-1.

CHOCOLATE CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]) is the only other runner in single digits, trading at 9-1, while PIONEEROF THE NILE (Empire Maker) has risen to 10-1.

I Want Revenge commands the lowest paying Oaks/Derby double ($1) with Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro), yielding a return of $6.10. The Rachel Alexandra/Friesan Fire double will pay $7.10.

The Oaks/Derby double payoffs ($1) and early odds for the Kentucky Derby contenders are listed below. ~ read more