Kentucky Derby Betting – Horse Match-ups

Many of you may not know that it’s not just about win, place and show pari-mutual betting or exoxtic wagers such as exacta, trifecta and superfecta when betting the Kentucky Derby.. If you sign up for an online wagering account at an online race book such as Bovada Race Book you can place wagers on horses versus horses.

This is a unique wager in that your horse doesn’t necessarily have to hit the board for you to win. In theory your horse could finish second last and as long as the horse that your horse was matched against finished last, you’d still cash your ticket!

The 2012 Derby has a full field of 20 going to the post and has arguably five horses that could be considered the top contenders. That makes the horse match-ups wagers even more enticing from a value stand point. If after doing your due diligence on the race, you feel that one or more of the top rated horses is a toss or you find a few mid to long range morning line horses that you think are unvalued you should be able to find a few match-ups that you could pounce on.

Our 2012 Kentucky Derby Matchup Picks

El Padrino -150 vs. Went The Day Well

El Padrino has seen his beyers drop over the last two after a career top of 100 in his season opener.  While we don’t expect him to challenge for the top places in the Derby, he has proved to be consistent in his career with a 4th by 3 his worst finish.  Went The Day Well is coming of his career top and while he is improving, he is making a massive jump up in competition and could regress off of his beyer top.

Take Charge Indy +105 vs. I’ll Have Another

The race pace doesn’t appear to set up well for I’ll Have Another. He definitely can’t be considered the speed of the speed and will be hard used if he goes for the lead from post 19. Take Charge Indy has shown a versatile running style with solid races on the front, pressing and tracking.  His speed figures suggest that he could pop in this race.

Here are all the 2012 Kentucky Derby Match Ups with odds from Bovada.

4. Union Rags                                     -145

6. Bodemeister                                 +115


5. Dullahan                                          +130

15. Gemologist                                  -160


8. Creative Cause                             -120

19. I’ll Have Another                       -110


3. Take Charge Indy                        -140

10. Daddy Nose Best                      +110


11. Alpha                                             -115

14. Hansen                                          -115


1. Daddy Long Legs                          -110

16. El Padrino                                     -120


13. Went The Day Well  -155

17. Done Talking                               +125


2. Optimizer                                       +115

18. Sabercat                                       -145


9. Trinniberg                                       +115

12. Prospective                 -145


7. Rousing Sermon                          EVEN

20. Liaison                                           -130


3. Take Charge Indy                        EVEN

14. Hansen                                          -130


13. Went The Day Well  +120

16. El Padrino                                     -150


6. Bodemeister                                 -140

15. Gemologist                                  +110


4. Union Rags                                     -160

5. Dullahan                                          +130


3. Take Charge Indy                        -110

8. Creative Cause                             -120


11. Alpha                                             -160

16. El Padrino                                     +130


8. Creative Cause                             -150

14. Hansen                                          +120


5. Dullahan                                          -165

16. El Padrino                                     +135


3. Take Charge Indy                        +105

19. I’ll Have Another                       -135


18. Sabercat                                       -180

20. Liaison                                           +150


7. Rousing Sermon                          -205

17. Done Talking                               +165

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