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2011 Kentucky Derby Favorites and Underdogs

April 21, 2011 by Sean

The world was expecting thoroughbred Uncle Mo to trot onto the track on May 7th as the outright favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. However, a serious cog has been thrown into the plans of the three-year-old's owners. Uncle Mo astonishingly lost at the Wood Memorial earlier this month, finishing in third place behind two undistinguished two-year-olds. The shocking defeat ended the colt's undefeated streak and sent odds-makers scrambling with "The Run for the Roses" less than a month away. Uncle Mo remains the favorite with some pointing to the horse's gastrointestinal infection as the reason for his first-ever loss. 

John Velazquez hopes he can ride the former Breeders Cup Juvenile champion to victory in Lousiville, but the prolific jockey will be up against some stiff competition. Many are tapping Dialed In to overtake Uncle Mo as the Kentucky-bred horse may have the best closing speed of any of the horses in the field. Dialed In is the son of Mineshaft (a former Horse of the Year Award winner) and shares lineage with Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew. Although many horse racing fans buying 2011 Kentucky Derby tickets will be putting their money on the favorites, this may be a good year to bet on an underdog. At the Blue Grass Stakes, Brilliant Speed won by less than a nose to qualify for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby. Can Brilliant Speed or another unexpected challenger pull off the upset? With so much unknown heading into the week of the derby, anything appears to be possible this year at Churchill Downs.

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