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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

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

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

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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.

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

If you’re fired up about the second month of MLB action getting underway following a surprising first month of baseball and you want to know which games are offering the most entertainment value, then you’ve surely come to the right place!

I’m going to identify the best matchups this week, whether it’s a longstanding rivalry matchup, a duel featuring two elite hurlers or simply one of the best nationally-televised games on this week’s MLB docket. Now, let’ get started.

MLB Top Games May 1st-7th

San Francisco Giants (9-17) at L.A. Dodgers (14-12)
When: Monday, May 1 at 10:10 PM ET
Where: Dodger Stadium
TV: MLB, NBCS, Sportsnet LA

Monday night’s matchup between the Giants and Dodgers could be a thriller with Frisco veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto (3-1, 5.10 ERA, 24 K) going up against Dodgers’ staff ace lefty Clayton Kershaw (4-, 2.29 ERA, 39 K).

Cueto generally heats up in second month of the season and owns a 23-13 record at 2.80 ERA in 46 career May starts. In five starts, the three-time Cy Young winning Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP, with 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings. Kershaw led the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over San Francisco in his last start.

Cleveland Indians (14-10)  at Detroit Tigers (12-12)
When: Tuesday, May 2, 7:10 PM ET
Where: Comerica Park
TV: SportsTime Ohio, FS-D

2014 AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (3-1, 4.19 ERA, 37 K) is the first Cleveland pitcher to reach three wins this season after striking out 10 over seven innings of Cleveland’s 4-3 win over Houston on Thursday. Strangely enough, though, Kluber is allowing a career-high 1.57 homers per nine innings.

Detroit’s Justin Verlander (1-2, 4.60 ERA, 30 K) allowed one unearned run on five hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts against the Mariners in his last start. The Tribe is currently in first place in the AL Central, two games up on fourth-place Detroit.

Philadelphia Phillies (11-12) at Chicago Cubs (13-11)
When: Wednesday, May 3 at 8:05 PM ET
Where: Wrigley Field

The Phillies are off to a surprising start after one month while the Cubs will be looking to throw it in another gear in May after a modest start. Right-hander Jared Eickhoff (0-2, 3.56 ERA, 28 K) hopes to bounce back following his worst start of the season, allowing five runs in 5.2 innings against the Dodgers on Friday.

Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta (3-1, 4.66 ERA, 34 K) failed to toss at least five innings for the first time since August 2014 to snap a streak of doing o in an amazing 72 consecutive starts. More importantly, Arrieta ha been smacked around for eight earned runs in the first inning in his last two starts.

Arizona (16-11) at Washington (17-8)
When: Thursday, May 4 at 1:05 PM ET
Where: Nationals Park

Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer (3-2, 2.94 ERA, 40 K) will look to rebound after getting pounded for five runs on nine hits in six innings of a 7-5 loss against the Mets on Friday.

Arizona will likely hand the ball to ace right-hander Zack Greinke (2-2, 3.19 ERA, 40 K) after he struck out nine and allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings on Saturday against the Rockies despite being saddled with a no-decision. The D-Backs are currently in second place in the NL West,  a half-game behind Colorado while Washington it in first place in the NL East.

Kentucky Derby Odds & Betting Options

Kentucky Derby Odds & Betting Options

If you’re looking forward to the quickly approaching 2017 Kentucky Derby and you plan on making a wager or two on the annual ‘Run for the Roses’ for the first time, then there are a few things that you need to know before you lay down your hard-earned betting bucks on the first Saturday in May. Thankfully, I’ve got all the bases covered for brand new bettors as we draw nearer to the ‘greatest two minutes in sports.’

Early Kentucky Derby Odds & Betting Options

What: 2017 Kentucky Derby
When: May 6, 2117
Start Time: 6:34 PM ET  
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: Churchill Downs
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds

  • Classic Empire – 9/2
  • Always Dreaming – 5/1
  • Irish War Cry – 13/2
  • McCraken – 10/1
  • Gunnevera – 12/1
  • Battalion Runner – 16/1
  • Irap – 16/1
  • Practical Joke – 16/1
  • Tapwrit – 16/1
  • Girvin – 18/1
  • Hence – 22/1
  • Malagacy – 22/1
  • J Boys Echo – 28/1
  • Battle of Midway – 40/1
  • Cloud Computing 40/1
  • Conquest Mo Money – 40/1
  • Lookin At Lee – 40/1
  • Patch – 40/1
  • Royal Mo – 50/1
  • State of Honor – 50/1
  • Untrapped – 50/1
  • Fast and Accurate – 66/1

The first thing you need to know is that you don’t need to be an experienced horse racing betting enthusiast or even a casual horse racing bettor in order to make a few fun-filled and potentially profitable wagers on the Kentucky Derby.

Not only that, but in today’s technologically-advanced times, you don’t even have to be at Churchill Downs in order to make your big bet. Now, you can make a derby wager either at your local OTB (off-track betting) parlor or better yet, from the comfort of your own home.

At 5Dimes, you can set up an online account in just a few minutes and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. After you join, you can make a many Kentucky Derby wagers as your heart desire, all the way up to post time. The account is free.

Now, let’s move on to the types of bets you can make on this year’s version of the most prestigious thoroughbred race in the United States.

Kentucky Derby Betting Options

Let’s review the types of bets you can make at this year’s derby.


Just like the win wager implies, you’re betting on a specific horse to beat all others for the outright win.


When you make a ‘place’ wager, you’re betting on a specific horse to finish second or better.


A ‘show’ wager means you’re placing a bet on a certain horse to finish third or better.


The minimum amount that can be wagered for any win, place or show bet is $2. Just know the more you wager, the bigger your return will be, especially on a longshot.

Across the Board

When you make this wager on…let’s say…Malagacy at 22/1 odds. In this instance, you’re betting on the thoroughbred to win, place or show. The wager costs $2 per selection, meaning it will cost you a total of $6 minimum to make an across the board bet. An across the board wager is the most traditional way of making a thoroughbred horse wager, but the real money comes from making exotic bets.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the more simple exotic horse bet you can make.


An exacta wager is simply picking a horse to win and another to place – in that order. However, you can also make a ‘box’ exacta wager. Let’s say you want to make a wager on McCracken and Gunnevera to finish first and second respectively, but you think they may finish in an inverted order to what you expect. You can make a simple ‘exacta’ box wager. Now if McCracken finishes first and Gunnevera second you’ll win, but if the pair finish in the reverse order and Gunnevera gets the win and McCracken places, you still win. This wager costs you $4.


A trifecta is just like an exacta wager except you’re adding a third horse. Let’s say you like Royal Mo to finish third, then you can simply add the mount to your previous exacta bet.  Now, if McCracken, Gunnevera and Royal Mo all finish first, second and third respectively, you’ll win.

Better yet, you can make a box trifecta bet that include all three horses, but doesn’t limit your wager to them finishing in the order you picked, meaning  no matter what order McCracken, Gunnevera and Royal Mo finish in, as long as they finish in the top three, you win. This is a fun-filled way of ‘betting the ponies’ that my horse racing mentor enjoys and one that simulates a ‘lottery’ bet.

My mentor would often go to the local OTB and make a simple box trifecta wager on horses 1-4-8 in races 1-6. If the combination of horses finished in the top three in any race, he would win, much like playing the lottery. This type of ‘lottery’ wagering doesn’t require a whole lot of research unless you want to make your exotic bets by doing a bunch of it. A trifecta bet costs you $6.


The superfecta bet works just like the exacta and trifecta, except you’re adding a fourth horse.

Pick 3 and Pick 4

You’ll need some serious ‘powers of prediction’ but if you think you can pick the winner in three consecutive races, I say go for it. Remember though, the wager ha to cover three straight races, so you can’t make a pick in Race 1, Race 5 and Race 6. A Pick 4 wager is the same as a Pick 3 bet, except you have to make four consecutive winning selections.

Kentucky Derby Betting Tips

When it comes to horse racing betting strategy, you can either do a little bit of research like a casual fan, a ton of research like a ‘hard core’ thoroughbred bettor or none at all like a good friend of mine that simply ‘plays the numbers’ like a lottery ticket.

If you want to know about trends and the latest results of the horses in the field, then you might want to check out’s The Handicapper’s Edge newsletter.

If you like to live on the edge, you can make all sorts of numbers wagers like the friend of mine that plays the 4-8 boxed exacta or 1-4-8 boxed trifecta on almost every race because those are his ‘lucky’ numbers.

If you feel like some history is going to go down at this year’s derby, then you can make a wager on jockey Rosie Napravnik who will mount Vicar’s in Trouble as a longshot to become the first female jockey to win the Derby. In essence, there is no right or wrong betting strategy, jut the strategy that you think I right for you.

The 2017 Kentucky Derby will take place on May 6, live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky with the early races starting at noon and the derby itself getting underway at 6:34 PM ET.

Up to 20 of the best thoroughbreds in the world will square off on the mile and 1/4 track. Classic Empire is the prohibitive favorite with Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry next in line.

If you don’t understand how horse racing odd work, it’s quite simple. Let’s take Battalion Runner for example. At 16/1 odds, you’ll win $16 for every $1 you wager. Since the minimum horse racing bet is $2, the least amount you would win is $32. If you wager $100 and Battalion Runner pulls off the upset, you’d win a whopping $1,600.

There you have it horse racing newbies, everything you need to know about making your first venture into the exciting world of thoroughbred horse racing wagering. Happy hunting!

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When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
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