Below you will find updated information regarding the 2009 Kentucky Derby. On this page we will be posting updated articles, picks, odds and information all pertaining to the 2009 Kentucky Derby. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates.
Kentucky Derby 135 Results & Payouts
by Doc's Sports
Mine that Bird came from last place at the ¾ mile mark to win the 135th Kentucky Derby going away. This is Jockey Calvin Borel's second win in three years at the Kentucky Derby and he has proven to be one of the best in the business with this new breed of jockeys.
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Kentucky Derby: Chocolate Candy an Interesting Longshot
by SBG Global - 05/01/2009
How can you not like a horse named Chocolate Candy to win the Kentucky Derby? The horse is owned by Jenny Craig, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and will be ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith.
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2009 Kentucky Derby Predictions
by Trevor Whenham - 04/30/2009
Who is going to win the Kentucky Derby? That's a million dollar question at this time of year. Some years I have a pretty good answer to that question, and occasionally it's even the right answer. The last three years have been particularly simple - I was emotionally and financially attached to Barbaro, Curlin and Big Brown by March.
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2009 Kentucky Derby Post Positions and What They Mean
by Trevor Whenham - 04/30/2009
Wednesday afternoon saw the annual spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby post position draw. It's one of the more unique pre-event happenings in sports, and the results are annually heavily debated between when the field is set and the race starts. The post positions are, in my view, also one of the more overrated and over-considered factors leading up to the Derby.
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The Derby Pretenders, Maybes and Contenders
by Greg Melikov - 04/30/2009
There will be a full field of 20 horses racing in the Kentucky Derby for the sixth consecutive year. As usual, injuries during the year took their toll, most notably for probable favorite Quality Road because of quarter cracks on his right feet.
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Kentucky Derby Trends
by Trevor Whenham - 04/29/2009
With most things in life, the more you do them the easier they get. That only makes sense. The same can't be said, though, for handicapping the Kentucky Derby. Just when we seem to get a handle on things, everything changes. Kentucky Derby trends that were once rock solid now look fragile and meaningless, while horses that only recently would have been given no shot to win because of their experience are now legitimate contenders.
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2009 Kentucky Derby Jockeys
by Trevor Whenham - 04/29/2009
As we get ready every year to try to pick a Kentucky Derby winner, the smallest of men are often the biggest of stories. With a race as big and crowded as the Derby, the jockeys play a very important role. A good rider can steer a horse out of trouble and get the most out of its talent. A bad ride can spell disaster.
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Kentucky Derby Trivia Questions and Answers
by Greg Melikov - 04/29/2009
A little Kentucky Derby trivia music please: "The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky Home." With more than 13 decades to draw upon, here are 15 multiple choice Kentucky Derby trivia questions and answers to test your knowledge of The Run for the Roses. Get a dozen or more correct and you go to the head of the class. The answers are at the bottom of the page.
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Kentucky Derby by the Numbers
by Greg Melikov - 04/23/2009
Numbers often play a part of horse racing from odds and post positions to speed and pace figures. It's no different in America's Race.
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10 Horses to Watch in Kentucky Derby
by Greg Melikov - 04/21/2009
The 135th Kentucky Derby is fast approaching and the cream of the three-year-old crop has risen to the top. The major preps are history so here are my main contenders in the Run for the Roses from the top:
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Legitimate Kentucky Derby Contenders
by Trevor Whenham - 04/15/2009
The first thing you need to know as you get ready for this year's Kentucky Derby is this - this is a very good field. The last couple of classes have come under criticism for a lack of depth, but this one really can't. There are several ways to measure that, including the obvious visual test. One statistical approach to take, though, is to see if a horse has run the last three furlongs (3/8 mile) of a 1 1/8-mile prep race in less than 38 seconds.
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Five Kentucky Derby Longshots to Eliminate From Card
by Trevor Whenham - 04/15/2009
Handicapping the Kentucky Derby is almost an impossible task. The field is massive, the horses have to run farther than they ever have before in front of the biggest crowd they will ever see, the horses come from all over the country and the world and each is a star by some definition, and they are ridden by the best jockeys in the world. Ultimately, picking a winner requires a bit of skill and a whole lot of luck.
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by Victor Ryan - 04/14/2009
Over the decades, handicappers developed a slew of rules and principles to help identify the winner of each year's Kentucky Derby. But the modern game has turned many of these ideas (i.e. must have three starts at age three, must have raced within a month of the Derby, etc.) on their heads. Here's a few Kentucky Derby handicapping tips to consider for this year's Run for the Roses.
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Kentucky Derby Handicapping: Synthetic Surfaces
by Trevor Whenham - 04/09/2009
If you haven't already heard a lot of talk about synthetic tracks and their impact on the Kentucky Derby then you certainly will between now and the first Saturday in May. No topic in horse racing now is more controversial, and nothing has created more headaches for handicappers trying to pick a winner in a race that was already almost impossible to handicap. So what's all the fuss about?
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Fillies in the Kentucky Derby
by Trevor Whenham - 04/08/2009
As we head towards another Kentucky Derby, one of the biggest stories is still last year's post-race death of Eight Belles, the filly that placed second against the boys but injured both front legs soon after the race and had to be euthanized. Everyone seemed to have an opinion about the incident, and most had a common theme - this happened because a filly was running against the boys. That is ridiculously stupid - stupid to the point of being an insult to our intelligence.
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Kentucky Derby Handicapping: How to Prepare for Run for the Roses
by Trevor Whenham - 04/07/2009
It seems hard to believe, but the Kentucky Derby is less than four weeks away. I've been counting the days and following all of the lead-up action for months now, but I realize that most of you aren't like me on that front. If you are serious about having a good betting day on the first Saturday in May, though, then you can easily catch up and be on top of things by the time the field is set for the biggest of races. Here are six things you can be doing now to be very prepared for the Kentucky Derby:
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Kentucky Derby Last Ten Winners: Where Are They Now?
Ever what wonder what happened to winners of the Kentucky Derby? The oldest survivor is the resident queen of Bertram and Diana Firestone's Newstead Farm near Upperville, Virginia.
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Kentucky Derby Top Ten
by Trevor Whenham - 4/2/2009
With the arrival of April we are now just a month away from the best single day in sports, the Kentucky Derby. I'm always very excited by this time of year, but especially this year as I am going to be attending my second Derby in person. It's never too early to pick favorites. Here, then, is my current Derby Top Ten:
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2008 Kentucky Derby Results
Big Brown showed why he was the favorite in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and dominated this race from start to finish and will be a heavy favorite when the Preakness is run on May 17th, 2008. As it stands now there will only be one other holdover from the Derby that will enter the Preakness Stakes. This is clearly the horse to beat when the Preakness rolls around and it will interesting to see how low his odds go. A 1/5 favorite is certainly not out of the question.
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Kentucky Derby Party -- Infield or Clubhouse: A Kentuckian's Advice on Throwing a Derby Bash
by Kaelan Hollon
Staring down the long, cold barrel of a Kentucky State Trooper's handgun at 2:49 in the morning in the first weekend of May is not a fun way to bide time. Kentucky takes its horses very, very seriously, and attempting to hop on a $120,000 thoroughbred during one's stay in the Bluegrass State does not a good Derby Day make, as a friend of mine recently found out. Handcuffs hurt. And the jails in the Commonwealth? Let me tell you something, Bubba, they ain't a bit of fun.
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Kentucky Derby Betting Tips
by Trevor Whenham
The Kentucky Derby won't be here for several weeks, but I'm already dreaming of cashing a big ticket, and I'm sure I'm not alone in those thoughts. In my mind nothing is more exciting than the Derby, and the lead up and anticipation is almost too much to take. It's way too early to do any serious handicapping because we won't have a good idea of the field for several weeks. What we can do, though, is put some thought into our methodology so that we're ready to make a logical pick when the time comes. Here, then, are seven tips and thoughts that you can let bounce around your mind until the real handicapping can begin:
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