Kentucky Derby betting odds opened at 8/1 on Pioneer of the Nile, who has impeccable Kentucky Derby handicapping credentials. Pioneer of the Nile enters action against the Kentucky Derby betting odds with 8 starts, 5 wins, and 1 show.
Pioneer of the Nile is on fire entering Kentucky Derby handicapping action as he has won 4 consecutive starts with the latest and greatest being the Santa Anita Derby on April 5. Prior to that, Pioneer of the Nile won the San Felipe, also at Santa Anita.
That was preceded by another Santa Anita win in the Robert B. Lewis and a win at Hollywood Park in the CashCall Futurity. Pioneer of the Nile is one of the richest horses on the Kentucky Derby betting odds board with graded earnings that total $1,193,250. Pioneer of the Nile also brings excellent pedigree to the Kentucky Derby betting odds.
He was sired by Empire Maker, winner of the 2003 Florida Derby and Wood Memorial. Empire Maker finished a close second against the Kentucky Derby betting odds that year and was hampered by a foot problem that likely cost him a blanket of roses.
Pioneer of the Nile is trained by Bob Baffert, one of the most respected trainers on the Kentucky Derby betting odds board and who was recently elected to the National Museum Racing Hall of Fame. Baffert began as a jockey but moved into training.
He has trained 3 winners against the Kentucky Derby betting odds with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998, and War Emblem in 2002. Baffert won three straight Eclipse Awards in 1997-99 and has won numerous Breeders’ Cup races.
Garret Gomez is one of the best jockeys on the Kentucky Derby betting odds board and recently received his second consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation’s leading jockey. He has won three Bill Shoemaker awards as the top rider in the Breeders’ Cup.
Pioneer of the Nile with the combination of Baffert and Gomez is one of the most attractive horses in the field!
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