Don't Overlook Preakness Newcomers

Don’t Overlook Preakness Newcomers

Although newcomers to the Preakness Stakes don’t often win, they do often add value to exotic bets.

2017 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds

PP Horse Morning Line Odds
1 Multiplier 30-1
2 Cloud Computing 12-1
3 Hence 20-1
4 Always Dreaming 4-5
5 Classic Empire 3-1
6 Gunnevera 15-1
7 Term of Art 30-1
8 Senior Investment 30-1
9 Lookin at Lee 10-1
10 Conquest Mo Money 15-1

Last year, Cherry Wine finished second in the Preakness Stakes at 17 to 1 odds. The $2 exacta with Exaggerator on top paid $88.40. The $2 trifecta with Derby winner Nyquist on the bottom paid $146.20.

It makes sense to consider one of the newcomers for the place position on your exotic bet tickets. With that in mind, here’s information on each one of the newcomers to the Triple Crown. They’re added in post-position order.

Should You Bet On Preakness Newcomers in 2017

What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

1-Multiplier

His Illinois Derby win wasn’t overly impressive. In the Preakness, breaking from post-position one could be to his advantage. Jockey Joel Rosario can rush him into a ground-saving position right behind the front-runners. If the pace is too swift upfront, Multiplier should be the horse to pick up the pieces a la Cherry Wine in last year’s Preakness. He’ll have saved the most ground of any horses as they turn for home.

2-Cloud Computing

His owners decided to send Practical Joke to the Kentucky Derby. Practical Joke finished fifth. Cloud Computing had no chance of catching Battalion Runner and Irish War Cry over the Aqueduct dirt in the Wood Memorial. The track favored frontrunners. He’s the most talented of the newcomers. He’s also trained by Eclipse Award-winning horseman Chad Brown.

The real reason to like Cloud Computing? Jockey Javier Castellano, who has won the Eclipse for Outstanding Jockey four years in a row, takes the call. Javier’s going to have Cloud Computing much closer to the pace in the Preakness than he was in the Wood Memorial.

7-Term of Art

On paper, Term of Art doesn’t appear to have a lot going for him. He has a record of 2 wins, 1 second-place, and 2 third-place finishes from 9 starts. But, he’s sired by Tiznow and is from a Storm Cat mare. Not only that, he was purchased for $220,000. That’s a nice chunk of change. Plus, he gets blinkers back on, a 17% winning move for Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Doug O’Neill.

I say put him in the exacta. If he pops up at 50 to 1 odds and splits Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t.

8-Senior Investment

I’d be very surprised if Senior Investment gets into the Top 3. Since his dad is Discreetly Mine and his mom is Plaid, he’s not in any way, shape, or form, bred to run 1 3/16 miles. I’d love to see Kenny McPeek put Senior Investment into a 7 or even 6-furlong race. He’s got that sprinting closer look about him.

He’s going to have to run much faster in the early part of the Preakness than he’s used to running. What it means is that his closing kick might be compromised. He’s the one horse out of the newcomers that I just don’t feel can get into the exacta. He’s not a bad horse. I just don’t think the race conditions suit him.

10-Conquest Mo Money

Do not leave this son of Uncle Mo off your exacta ticket. If Always Dreaming and Classic Empire only pay attention to each other, Conquest Mo Money can wire this field. He ran a :45.3 half in the 1 1/8 miles Sunland Derby and finished second to Hence. He ran a :46.4 half-mile in the Arkansas Derby and finished second to Classic Empire. He also held off Looking At Lee in the Arkansas Derby. Lookin At Lee finished second in the Kentucky Derby.

What’s going to happen if nobody wants to get into a speed duel with Jorge Carreno aboard Conquest Mo Money on Saturday? He’s going to get away with a :48 half. If he does, it will be all over but the shouting.

I can’t stress it enough. Don’t leave Conquest Mo Money off your exacta tickets.
  

Preakness, BYOB & More Slots

The 2017 Preakness Stakes will take place this Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. It is the second of the Triple Crown’s three legs.

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2017 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds:

Odds are current as of May 17.

PP Horse Morning Line Odds
1 Multiplier 30-1
2 Cloud Computing 12-1
3 Hence 20-1
4 Always Dreaming 4-5
5 Classic Empire 3-1
6 Gunnevera 15-1
7 Term of Art 30-1
8 Senior Investment 30-1
9 Lookin at Lee 10-1
10 Conquest Mo Money 15-1

Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming (4-5) and Classic Empire (3-1) are the top two runners to beat and will run from the 4th and 5th positions respectively. But behold a shorter track comprising tighter turns at Pimlico will disappoint anyone foolish enough to use their Derby tactics where Always Dreaming won by 2 1/2 lengths.

The Preakness Stakes will be refined to just 10 starters, a far cry from the 20-horse field that took part in the Run for the Roses earlier this month. At a distance of 1 3/16 miles, the Preakness is shorter than the Kentucky Derby. Combine that with a smaller field set to take part, this is anyone’s race

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2017 Preakness Stakes Odds Preview

2017 Preakness Stakes Early Odds Preview

The 2017 Preakness Stakes takes place this Saturday, May 20th, at historic Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore Maryland.The second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes almost always offers low odds on favorites. The reason is because favorites often win the race.

What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Both American Pharoah and California Chrome, in 2015 and 2014, won the Preakness as the favorite. Nyquist didn’t win the Preakness last year. But, Nyquist ran against rival Exaggerator over a sloppy track. Exaggerator was a great horse in the slop. Even with the draw scheduled for mid-week, 5Dimes.com has the early betting odds.

Early 2017 Preakness Stakes Odds

Horse Current Preakness Odds
Always Dreaming +105
Classic Empire +650
Lookin at Lee +1500
Gunnevera +1600
Cloud Computing +2000
Hence +1500
Conquest Mo Money +1600
Multiplier +2000
Senior Investment +2500
Term of Art N/A
Practical Joke +1500
Battle of Midway +1500
Irish War Cry +1000
Girvin +2000
Lancaster Bomber +1000
Malagacy +1000
Royal Mo +1300

Always Dreaming, the -150 Preakness favorite that easily won the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago, won the Derby over the slop. The big question facing Always Dreaming is whether anyone can beat him racing over a fast track. There’s only a 20% chance of rain in Baltimore for this Saturday. There’s a 50% chance of rain on Friday, though. If it rains, you must expect Always Dreaming’s odds to drop from -150 to -200.

Even if it doesn’t rain, Always Dreaming might be worse than a -150 favorite to win the Preakness Stakes. So far, only one other probable entrant is expected to go off at odds less than +900, that’s two-year-old champion Classic Empire.

The Mark Casse trainee had arguably the worst trip of any of the horses in the Derby. The trip was so bad that on Sunday morning, Classic Empire showed up with a shiner. His left eye had closed shut. Casse is bullish on his horse. So far, horseplayers have been bullish on Classic Empire as well. The two-year-old champion’s odds have dropped from +475 to +675 all the way to +375. Per the odds, if any horse can beat Always Dreaming at Pimlico this Saturday, it’s Classic Empire.

The +900 horse is Lookin At Lee. The Steve Asmussen trainee is the only horse to make up ground on Always Dreaming in the Derby. The reason his odds aren’t lower is because he got a dream trip up the rail at Churchill Downs while horses like Classic Empire had to go wide on the worst part of the track.

Some horseplayers appear to be taking that fact into account before betting on Lookin At Lee. With that being written, his odds should remain under double-digits. Lookin At Lee’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, has won the Preakness Stakes twice, in 2007 with Curlin, and in 2009 with Rachel Alexandra.

Horse bettors have beaten Gunnevera down to +1000 after the horse opened at +1600 in most sportsbooks to win the Preakness Stakes. The Antonio Sano-trained son of Dialed In should run well if the pace is swift on May 20. He has a lot of fans, which means like Lookin At Lee, Gunnevera too should keep his odds.

The other horse getting some play is the Chad Brown trained Cloud Computing. A third-place finisher to Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner in the Wood Memorial, Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby to prepare the Preakness. Last year, Brown won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding trainer. That, more than anything, is why the horse’s odds to win the Preakness Stakes are steady at +1200 after his odds opened at +2000.

Other horses offering Preakness Stakes odds are Hence at +1500, Conquest Mo Money at +2000, Multiplier and Senior Investment at +3000, and Term of Art at +4500.

4 Must Watch MLB Games May 15-21

The 2017 MLB regular season is off to a wild and wacky start and has produced some surprising results in both leagues over the first six weeks of the regular season. With the season starting to heat up along with the rising temperatures, mark your calendars for this week’s top baseball tilts.

MLB Games To Watch May 15th-21st

Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs
When: Tuesday, May 16, 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field
TV: FSS-O, CSN-C

Analysis: Cincinnati will look to snap  three-game skid in their series opener against Chicago on Monday night, but one day later, the Reds will hand the ball to veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo after he tied a season high with six innings pitched while allowing two runs in a no-decision against the Giants in his last start. The Reds have gone 5-0 with the 40-year-old on the mound.

Veteran right-hander John Lackey is coming off a win over Colorado in his last start, but he’s still looking to bag his first win at home this season after going 0-2 with a 4.24 ERA in three starts at Wrigley Field. The Reds have won six of their last 10 while going a respectable 7-8 on the road this season while the Cubs have struggled in going just 7-9 at Wrigley Field.

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
When: Wednesday, May 17, 3:45 PM ET
Where: AT&T Park
TV: MLBN, SportsNet LA, NBCS BA

Analysis: At the time of writing, L.A. has won seven of its last nine games while the Giants have won three straight and four of their last five while nearly sweeping Cincinnati over the weekend.

Dodgers’ staff ace southpaw Clayton Kershaw (6-2, 2.43 ERA) will take the bump in this affair after tossing seven innings of two-run ball against Colorado on Saturday.

Giants ace right-hander Johnny Cueto (4-2, 4.15 ERA) has faced the Dodgers twice already this season while giving up an identical three runs each time. The right-hander threw a season-high 119 pitches in his most recent start against Cincinnati on Friday. Make no mistake bout it, no matter what the standings say, this longtime rivalry is must-see TV.

Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs
When: Friday, May 19, 2:20 PM EDT
Where:
Wrigley Field
TV: FSWI, MLBN, CSN-C

Analysis: Milwaukee has won three straight and six of its last seven games (at the time of writing) while sweeping the Mets over the weekend. The Brew Crew has gone 9-6 on the road compared to Chicago’s uninspiring 7-9 home mark. The Cubs have lost two straight and seven of their last nine games heading into the new week.

The good news for the Cubs is that right-hander Eddie  Butler (1-0, 0.00 ERA) tossed six shutout innings against St. Louis in his first start of the season the last time out. Milwaukee

Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
When: Friday, May 19, 7:05 PM EDT
Where:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TV: SNET, MASN

Analysis: Toronto hit the new week riding the wave of their five-game winning streak (at the time of writing) while bagging seven of their last eight games overall. Baltimore has lost four straight after winning their previous six contests but still sits just a half-game back of the division-leading Yankees.

Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (0-1, 2.95 ERA) look solid in his first start back in the rotation by allowing just one unearned run in five innings following two brief stints on the DL while the Yankees have not named starter for this matchup.

The Early 2017 Indianapolis 500 Odds

The Early 2017 Indianapolis 500 Odds

The Indianapolis 500 is on Sunday, May 28th. Odds are out for America’s most important Indy Car Race. The top oddsmakers choices are, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden.

Analyzing The Early 2017 Indianapolis 500 Odds

What: Indianapolis 500
When: Sunday, May 28, 2017
Start Time: 11:00 AM ET  
Where: Indianapolis, IN
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Watch: ABC
Stream: Watch ESPN

Any discussion regarding the Indianapolic 500 must start with the two drivers at the top of the IndyCar Series, Pagenaud and Dixon. Pagenaud has 191 points to Dixon’s 181 as of the IndyCar Grand Prix.

Pagenaud is going off at +1000 in most sportsbooks to take home the Indianapolis 500 Trophy. Dixon is going off +800 in most books to win the Indy 500 hardware. Out of the two, Dixon should end up the favorite over Pagenaud. Dixon won the Indy 500 in 2013 while Pagenaud has never won the race.

Helio Castroneves, the Brazilian IndyCar driving powerhouse, has gotten some love. Castroneves won the race in 2009. He’s going off at +800 in the early betting at most sportsbooks. That makes Castroneves the co-favorite along with Dixon.

For some Indianapolis 500 players, Tony Kanaan is going to be the Brazilian driver that they play. Kanaan won the 500 in 2013. Although Kanaan is eleventh in the point standings while Castroneves is fourth, Kanaan’s Indy win is more recent than Castroneves’s. Not only that, but Kanaan is offering odds at +1000 compared to Castroneves’s +800 odds.

2017 Indianapolis 500 Odds (May 15th)

  • Scott Dixon +850
  • Helio Castroneves +850
  • Juan Pablo Montoya +825
  • Tony Kanaan +850
  • Josef Newgarden +750
  • Marco Andretti +1150
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay +1150
  • Simon Pagenaud +1150
  • Will Power +1250
  • James Hinchcliffe +1300
  • Alexander Rossi +2000
  • Takuma Sato +2750
  • Charlie Kimball +2750
  • Graham Rahal +2750
  • Fernando Alonso +2250
  • Ed Carpenter +3000
  • Carlos Munoz +3500
  • Jack Harvey +5500
  • JR Hildebrand +3300
  • Max Chilton +6600
  • Sebastien Bourdais +6600
  • Mikhail Aleshin +7000
  • Oriol Servia +8800
  • Conor Daly +11500
  • Sebastian Saavedra +13500
  • Zach Veach +13500
  • Spencer Pigot +17500
  • Sage Karam +17500
  • Ed Jones +17500
  • Jay Howard +17500
  • Buddy Lazier +20000
  • Gabby Chaves +22500
  • Pippa Mann +22500

2015 winner Juan Pablo Montoya isn’t even in the Top 20 in the IndyCar Series point standings. Yet, Montoya is offering +800 odds in some sportsbooks. His odds to repeat as champion at Indianapolis are no worse than +1000 in other sportsbooks. Can Juan Pablo win his second Indianapolis 500 in the past 3 years? Maybe, he can. Montoya finished a nice eighth in the IndyCar Grand Prix on May 13, the warm-up to the Indianapolis 500.

Josef Newgarden is receiving plenty of attention in sportsbooks even though he isn’t the American that won the Indy 500 in 2016. Newgarden has never won an Indianapolis 500. His odds are +800 to +900 in most sportsbooks. The reason is because Newgarden is ranked third in the IndyCar point standings.

The American driver that won the race in 2016 is Alex Rossi. Rossi is offering dynamite odds of +2000 to +3000 in most sportsbooks to take home the Indianapolis 500 trophy. Don’t sleep on Rossi’s chances to repeat. He’s ranked ninth in the IndyCar Standings. He also finished eighth in the IndyCar Grand Prix.

Fellow American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay’s odds are hovering around +1000. Hunter-Reay’s odds might drop below double-digits after his fine third place finish behind Scott Dixon and Will Power at the IndyCar Grand Prix. Since Hunter-Reay took home the checkered flag in 2014 at the Indy 500, he must be taken seriously as this Sunday’s possible winner.

Speaking of possible winners, Will Power goes to Indianapolis having won the IndyCar Grand Prix. His odds at the time of this writing are +1200. Can Power get it done? It’s hard to say. He’s never won the Indianapolis 500.

This might be Powers’s year. He’s been one of the best drivers in the IndyCar Series for a while. It’s hard to see him providing a disappointing push after what he showed on May 13. Expect Powers to be the sharp bettors’ favorite the closer we get to Indy 500 Race Day.

UFC 211 & The Players

UFC’s first legitimately stacked PPV event of the year is this Saturday evening, as UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2 rings into action from the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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The event features two amazing championship fights. At the top of the card, Stipe Miocic (-140) making his second title defense against former heavyweight king Junior dos Santos (+110). The two met at UFC on FOX13 in 2014 and the challenger won on the scorecards. Now for the rematch!

In the co-main, UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (-185) will face former bantamweight Jessica Andrade (+150).

UFC 211 Odds:

  • Stipe Miocic -140
  • Junior dos Santos +110
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk -185
  • Jessica Andrade +150
  • Demian Maia EVEN
  • Jorge Masvidal -130
  • Frankie Edgar -150
  • Yair Rodriguez +120
  • Eddie Alvarez -105
  • Dustin Poirier -125
  • Chas Skelly -125
  • Jason Knight -105
  • Krzysztof Jotko -185
  • David Branch +150
  • James Vick -400
  • Marco Polo Reyes +300
  • Courtney Casey -125
  • Jessica Aguilar -105
  • Jared Gordon -160
  • Michael Quinones +130
  • Chase Sherman -165
  • Rashad Coulter +135
  • Gabriel Benitez -205
  • Enrique Barzola +165
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov -365
  • Joachim Christensen +275

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The Players Championship

The Players Championship is the best golfing event that’s not a major.

Why? The stacked field and $10.5 million purse to start.

Participants and odds

  • Dustin Johnson: 7-1
  • Rory McIlroy: 10-1
  • Jordan Spieth: 12-1
  • Jon Rahm: 12-1
  • Sergio Garcia: 18-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 22-1
  • Rickie Fowler: 22-1
  • Justin Rose: 25-1
  • Jason Day: 25-1

This year’s Players Championship tees off on Thursday at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The first round at 7:10 a.m. ET and continuing until the final group at 2:47 p.m. Players are grouped into trios, either teeing from the No. 1 or No. 10 hole depending on their grouping.

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Always Dreaming Dominates Preakness Odds & Field

For the past few years, trainers have been reluctant to run their horses back 2 weeks later in the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Almost as important, trainers have been reluctant to send their fresh horses into the Preakness to face the Derby winner.

Derby Winner Always Dreaming Scares No Ahead of the Preakness, Yet

What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2117
Post Time: 7:35 p.m. ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: Coverage starts at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

Always Dreaming, who looked great winning the Run for the Roses this past Saturday, could face not only a bunch of fresh faces but also a few opponents from the May 6 Kentucky Derby at the Preakness on May 20.

Always Dreaming, although visually impressive, hasn’t scared anybody away from the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. One horse, two-year-old champ Classic Empire, is raring to go after suffering one of the most brutal trips of the race this past Saturday. Classic Empire finished fourth even though his eye was swollen on Sunday due to getting cracked up by McCraken (get it?).

Early 2017 Preakness Stakes Odds & Picks
Horse Odds
Always Dreaming EVEN
Irish War Cry +550
Classic Empire +650
Looking at Lee +1100
Battle of Midway +1100
Cloud Computing +1400
Conquest Mo Money +1600
Gunnevera +1600
Malagacy +1600
Practical Joke +1800

Empire’s trainer, Mark Casse, said that the champ “looked a bit like Muhammed Ali” after the race. Casse has no reason to fear Always Dreaming. He was one of the few trainers that knew the best part of the track on Saturday was on the rail.

Always Dreaming ran the rail to his Derby win. The horse that finished second, Lookin At Lee, chased Always Dreaming up the rail. Those were the only two horses in the entire field that ran along the rail for the entirety of the race.

Gunnevera, who finished seventh in the Derby, is possible. Another possibility from Saturday’s Run for the Roses is Irish War Cry. Curlin’s son ran the entire race on the worst part of the track, had to go wide around both turns, and still managed to finish in the Top 10.

Even if Always Dreaming dominates his Derby opponents, he must deal with new shooters before putting the second jewel into his crown. The John Shirreff’s trained Royal Mo is a go for the Preakness. So is Lexington Stakes winner Senior Investment, Illinois Derby winner Multiplier, the Chad Brown-trained Cloud Computing, Conquest Mo Money, and the Aidan O’Brien trained Lancaster Bomb.

The two most interesting are Lancaster Bomb and Conquest Mo Money. If O’Brien puts Lancaster Bomb in the race, he must think he can win it. O’Brien doesn’t train bad horses. He’s must a use if Aidan sends him over the pond.

Conquest Mo Money might be the fastest horse in the race. He ran a 22.75 quarter and a 46.98 half in the Arkansas Derby. What’s impressive is that Conquest Mo Money had to go wide around the first turn to get the lead since he broke from post position 11. He finished second to Classic Empire.

Team Pletcher had better be on their toes. New foes are coming and old foes will be awaiting the Derby winner at the Pimlico for the Preakness Stakes on May 20.   

2017 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds & Power Rankings

With the 2017 Kentucky Derby set to get underway on Saturday, May 6 in just over 72 hours, you need to know the odds on each and every thoroughbred hopeful in the field, whether it’s one of the top favorites or a longshot with little to no hope.

Here is a look at the most recent 2017 Kentucky Derby odds followed by my thourghbred power rankings.

2017 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

*Also Eligible horses can have jockeys named to ride that have mounts within the body of the field

HORSE POST ODDS
Classic Empire 14 4-1
Always Dreaming 5 5-1
McCraken 15 5-1
Irish War Cry 17 6-1
Gunnevera 10 15-1
Gormley 18 15-1
Hence 8 15-1
Girvin 7 15-1
Tapwrit 16 20-1
Lookin at Lee 1 20-1
Practical Joke 19 20-1
Thunder Snow 2 20-1
J Boys Echo 13 20-1
Royal Mo 21* 20-1
Irap 9 20-1
Battle of Midway 11 30-1
Patch 20 30-1
State of Honor 6 30-1
Untrapped 4 30-1
Sonneteer 12 50-1
Master Plan 22* 50-1
Fast and Accurate 3 50-1

Royal Mo and Master Plan were entered as alternates should one of the 20 Kentucky Derby starters scratch before 9 a.m. ET on Friday.

2017 Kentucky Derby Power Rankings

1. Classic Empire

  • Record: 5-0-1 in six starts
  • Career Earnings: $2,093,820
  • Last race: First in Arkansas Derby
  • Five wins and one third place finish are daunting, to say the least.

2. McCraken (pictured)

  • Record: 4-0-1 in five starts
  • Career Earnings: $385,048
  • Last race: Third in Blue Grass, 3 3/4 lengths behind winner Irap.
  • Four wins and a third place finish in five starts say that McCracken could win it all.

3. Girvin 16/1

  • Record: 3-1-0 in four starts
  • Career Earnings: $849,800
  • Last race: First in Louisiana Derby
  • Three victories and a second place finish in four starts puts Girvin right at the top with the favorites.

4. Always Dreaming

  • Record: 3-1-1 in five starts
  • Last race: First in Florida Derby
  • Career Earnings: $589,000
  • Three wins, one second place finish and one third place finish tell me that Always Dreaming will finish in the top three.
  • Here is a look at the rest of my 2017 Kentucky Derby power rankings.

5. Irish War Cry

  • Record: 2-0-0 in three starts
  • Career Earnings: $699,460
  • Last race: First in Wood Memorial

6. Gormley

  • Record: 3-0-0 in five starts
  • Career Earnings: $920,000
  • Last race: First in Santa Anita Derby

7. Gunnevera

  • Record: 2-1-0 in five starts
  • Career Earnings: $1,137,800
  • Last race: Third in Florida Derby.

8. Thunder Snow

  • Record: 1-0
  • Career Earnings: $1,621,063
  • Last race: First in UAE Derby

9. Tapwrit

  • Record: 2-1-0 in four starts
  • Career Earnings: $325,570
  • Last race: Fifth in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

10. Fast and Accurate

  • Record: 1-0-0 in one start
  • Career Earnings: $340,362
  • Last race: First in Jack Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes

11. Practical Joke

  • Record: 1-2-1 in four starts
  • Career Earnings: $966,000
  • Last race: Second in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

12. Hence 22/1

  • Record: 1-1-0 in three starts
  • Career Earnings: $401,429
  • Last race: First in Sunland Derby

13. Irap

  • Record: 1-0-0 in four starts
  • Career Earnings: $760,000
  • Last race: First in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

14. Battle of Midway

  • Record: 0-1-0 in one start
  • Career Earnings: $290,000
  • Last race: Second in Santa Anita Derby

15. J Boys Echo

  • Record: 1-1-0 in five starts
  • Career Earnings: $305,000
  • Last race: Fourth in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes

16. Untrapped

  • Record: 1-3-1 in six starts
  • Career Earnings: $212,858
  • Last race: Sixth in Arkansas Derby

17. Patch

  • Record: 0-0-0 in one start
  • Career Earnings: $200,000
  • Last race: Second in Louisiana Derby

18. Lookin At Lee

  • Record: 0-2-2 in seven starts
  • Career Earnings: $428,600
  • Last race: Third in Arkansas Derby

19. Sonneteer

  • Record: 0-0-0 in two starts
  • Career Earnings: $236,000
  • Last race: Fourth in Arkansas Derby

20. State of Honor

  • Record: 0-2-1 in three starts
  • Career Earnings: $382,548
  • Last race: Second in Florida Derby

2017 Kentucky Morning Line Odds & Post Positions

The field is set. The morning line odds are out. Who are you picking to win the 143rd Run For the Roses this Saturday?

With 22 possible winners, Classic Empire is a 4-1 favorite in the field of 20 for Saturday’s $2 million showdown of three-year-olds over 1 1.4 miles (2km) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rounding out the top three betting choices are Always Dreaming (5-1) and McCraken (5-1) entering the weekend. Royal Mo and Master Plan were entered as alternates should one of the 20 Kentucky Derby starters scratch before 9 a.m. ET on Friday.

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2017 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds & Post Positions

*Also Eligible horses can have jockeys named to ride that have mounts within the body of the field

HORSE POST ODDS
Classic Empire 14 4-1
Always Dreaming 5 5-1
McCraken 15 5-1
Irish War Cry 17 6-1
Gunnevera 10 15-1
Gormley 18 15-1
Hence 8 15-1
Girvin 7 15-1
Tapwrit 16 20-1
Lookin at Lee 1 20-1
Practical Joke 19 20-1
Thunder Snow 2 20-1
J Boys Echo 13 20-1
Royal Mo 21* 20-1
Irap 9 20-1
Battle of Midway 11 30-1
Patch 20 30-1
State of Honor 6 30-1
Untrapped 4 30-1
Sonneteer 12 50-1
Master Plan 22* 50-1
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Post 2017 NFL Draft Super Bowl 52 Odds

Post 2017 NFL Draft Super Bowl 52 Odds

The 2017 NFL regular season may still be months away from getting started, but if you want to know how the recently completed NFL Draft, could affect the Super Bowl 52 odds of several title hopefuls, then you’re in for a treat.

Will the lowly Cleveland Browns take a step forward after nabbing three players in the first round? Will quarterback Mitchell Trubisky prove to be worthy of the No. 2 overall pick? Lat but not least, will the Houston Texans take another step forward after nabbing their quarterback of the future in former Clemson superstar Deshaun Watson?

Let’s find out the answers to these questions and much more.

Post 2017 NFL Draft Super Bowl 52 Odds

  • Arizona Cardinals +3700
  • Atlanta Falcons +1250
  • Baltimore Ravens +4300
  • Buffalo Bills +10000
  • Carolina Panthers +3000
  • Chicago Bears +14500
  • Cincinnati Bengals +6000
  • Cleveland Browns +32500
  • Dallas Cowboys +950
  • Denver Broncos +2000
  • Detroit Lions +6600
  • Green Bay Packers +1150
  • Houston Texans +2275
  • Indianapolis Colts +4000
  • Jacksonville Jaguars +10000
  • Kansas City Chiefs +2500
  • Los Angeles Chargers +7000
  • Los Angeles Rams +15500
  • Miami Dolphins +5000
  • Minnesota Vikings +3300
  • New England Patriots +450
  • New Orleans Saints +6600
  • New York Giants +1500
  • New York Jets +20000
  • Oakland Raiders +1400
  • Philadelphia Eagles +5000
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +1250
  • San Francisco 49ers +32500
  • Seattle Seahawks +1125
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +4000
  • Tennessee Titans +4000
  • Washington Redskins +6600

Houston Texans +2275

  • Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson

Maybe it’s me, but I swear the Houston Texans got the ‘steal’ of the draft by getting Cleveland’s 12th overall pick to nab former Clemson signal-caller, Deshaun Watson. The only thing holding the Texans back the last couple of seasons has been some really horrific play at the quarterback position. While veteran Tom Savage is expected to start, I wouldn’t be surprised if Watson saw the field at some point this season. Not only is Watson a star on the field, but more importantly, I believe he’s by far, the best young leader in the entire 2017 NFL Draft. Make no mistake about it, the Texans’ Super Bowl odds could improve at some point in the near future because of their acquisition of the national championship winning Deshaun Watson.

Carolina Panthers +3000

  • Christian McCaffery – RB – Stanford

I’m going on record right now to say that the Carolina Panthers nabbed a player with the eighth overall pick that I believe is going to be a genuine superstar in former Stanford hybrid running back/receiver/returner Christian McCaffery. I’m expecting the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffery to make an immediate for the Panthers in a variety of roles while giving Cam Newton and the Panthers’ offense the balance they missed so much a year ago. Don’t be surprised the see Carolina’s Super Bowl 52 odds improve, if ever so slightly as we move closer to the tart f the regular season.

Cleveland Browns +32500

  • Myles Garrett – DE – Texas A&M
  • Jabrill Peppers – LB – Michigan
  • David Njoku – TE – Miami

The Browns had a pretty wild draft if you ask me. On the one hand, the Browns did a great job by not messing up the first overall pick and taking Texas A&M star Myles Garrett. I also like Cleveland’s drafting of hybrid linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers at No. 25 and Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29. I expect all three players to make a contribution right away, so that’s good news. However, there’s some bad news for the Browns as well. Cleveland failed to draft a quarterback in the first round and could have had Deshaun Watson at No. 12. Instead, Cleveland waited to grab Notre Dame signal-caller DeShone Kizer with the 52nd overall pick and I believe that decision could come back to haunt them, even though I will say that Cody Kessler looked pretty solid last season – when he wasn’t running for his life that is.

Chicago +14500

  • Mitchell Trubisky – QB – North Carolina

I don’t know what’s going on in the Windy City, but the Chicago Bears made one of the most foolish moves in recent NFL Draft memory by moving up one spot to nab former North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky when they could have gotten him with their original No. 3 pick. Chicago gave up third- and fourth-round picks this year along with a third-rounder next year to get an inexperienced quarterback in Trubisky – all after signing veteran Mike Glennon to a three-year deal in the offseason to replace the departed Jay Cutler. I wouldn’t expect Trubisky to see the field this season – or Chicago’s Super Bowl 52 odds to improve at all.

San Francisco +32500

  • Solomon Thomas – DE – Stanford
  • Reuben Foster – LB – Alabama

The Niners absolutely fleeced the Bears and still managed to get the player they wanted at No. 3 in former Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas

”Kudos to the Bears,” new Frisco GM John Lynch said. ”I give Ryan Pace and John Fox credit for making a courageous move and we’re thrilled with what we got out of it.”

Ya’ think?

In addition of Thomas, the Niners also nabbed an impact player with the 31st overall pick by selecting linebacker Reuben Foster. The former Alabama star was expected to go in the top five but slid down following some pre-draft nonsense and a diluted drug sample that cost him big, but could aid the Niners’ in their quest to get back to respectability. San Francisco won’t contend in 2017, but their upper Bowl 52 odd could improve just a bit after getting two players that will contribute right away. 

Kansas City +2500

  • Patrick Mahomes II – OQ – Texas Tech

The Chief have been perennial double-digit winners ever since Andy Reid set foot in town, but I think Kansas City blew it big-time by jumping up in the draft to take former Texas Tech signal-caller Patrick Mahomes II over Watson. I know Mahomes II has a huge arm and an even bigger upside, but  I believe Deshaun Watson is hands down, not only the best young leader in this draft but a player that I already a better leader than half of the starting quarterbacks in the league. Kansas City’ Super Bowl 52 odds won’t improve because they drafted Mahomes II but they’ll contend anyway.

Jacksonville +10000

  • Leonard Fournette – RB – LSU

The Jags are a longshot pick to win Super Bowl 52, but drafting the gifted Leonard Fournette, I suspect we could see a small change in their upper Bowl 52 odds. While Fournette ha drawn comparisons to Adrian Peterson, I believe Jacksonville’ best offseason acquisition was that of former head coach Tom Coughlin.

Tennessee +4000

  • Adoree Jackson – CB – USC

You may not know as much about Tennessee Titans 18th overall draft pick Adoree Jackson, but you should. Jackson is arguably the most gifted athlete in the entire draft and a player that will make an immediate impact on the defensive side of the ball for a Titans team that went 9-7 last season and is poised to challenge for a playoff berth in 2017. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tennessee’s Super Bowl 52 odds move just a bit because of the addition of Jackson.

Steelers +1250

  • T.J. Watt – LB – Wisconsin

Maybe it’s me, but I’m stunned that T.J. Watt lasted until the 30th overall pick, but everyone else’s loss will be Pittsburgh’s gain. Watt isn’t the most athletic linebacker in the world, but he reminds me of a Brian Cushing or Sean Lee type of player that I all over the field and making play you’d never expect him to make. Watt has a nose for the ball and will help the Steelers on the defensive side of the ball right away. Even if the Steelers’ odds to win upper Bowl 52 don’t improve because of his addition, I fully expect to see T.J. Watt on the field and making plays as a rookie for Mike Tomlin.