The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports is back! The 143rd Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, and within those two minutes every bettor will experience a full spectrum of emotion, going from courageous to sadness and heartbreak within two minutes or less. Or maybe you will be one of the lucky ones who experiences joy, after your horse comes sprinting across the finish line in first place. Even if you have a small $2 wager, you will experience all of the highs and lows of the day.

If you are looking for advice on who to pick for this year’s Kentucky Derby you have come to the right place. Get your wallets ready, because I have your Kentucky Derby winner.

I will make this quick for you. The current favorite Classic Empire, is not the horse for you. The horse that will be crowned the 2017 Kentucky Derby champion and wear the garland of roses will be Always Dreaming.

Photo courtesy of Coady Photography.

Here is why.

First, lets talk post position. Always Dreaming drew the #5 post. Since a starting gate was first used in 1930, posts 5 and 10 have produced the most Kentucky Derby winners with nine each.

Second, lets talk jockey. John Velazquez will jockey Always Dreaming. Velazquez is one of the most accomplished and respected jockeys in the history of the sport. He has won 11 Breeders’ Cup races including the Kentucky Derby in 2011. In 2014 he became the leading money-earning jockey in the history of the sport. When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, I like experienced jockeys, and John Velazquez fits that bill. Most people will underestimate the influence of the jockey during the race, so don’t ignore these facts.

Third, the trainer. Always Dreaming is being trained by Todd Pletcher, a top trainer in the industry. Pletcher won his first Kentucky Derby in 2010. This guy knows how to prepare his thoroughbreds. Pletcher holds the all-time record for purse earnings, $336 million plus, and when he is eligible he will be a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Finally, lets talk about Always Dreaming. Always Dreaming is from the first crop of Bodemeister, runner-up to I’ll Have Another in the 2012 Kentucky Derby. Pedigree in horse racing means a lot, so this bloodline is worth knowing. In his past four races, Always Dreaming has finished First, First, Second and Third. He is high energy, and concerns about his temperament has made some oddsmakers stay away, making Classic Empire the favorite. You can see in the video below that this horse can keep pace and then move away from the rest of the field in a hurry.

If you are looking to put $20 on a horse, make it $30, and bet Always Dreaming. With the right post, the right jockey, and the right trainer, the dream will come true for Always Dreaming and he will be crowned the 2017 Kentucky Derby Champion. As of this morning, he is at 5-1 odds.

 

 

 

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