Kentucky Derby betting handicappers constantly search for the elusive “diamond in the rough” that will bring added Kentucky Derby gambling value on May 1. One horse that has now emerged as a “sleeper” candidate for Kentucky Derby betting action is Stately Victor, who was a virtual unknown until his shocking win at 40-1 in the Grade I Blue Grass Stakes on April 10.
Stately Victor will not have one of the better Kentucky Derby betting resumes come post time but he certainly has momentum with that win in the Bluegrass along with the proven capability of being able to win at the highest level.
Stately Victor will be a long shot on the Kentucky Derby odds board but that simply means that he will bring added value that favorites such as Eskendereya will not be able to offer. While few will want to make wagers on Stately Victor to win on his own he will make an attractive candidate for box, exacta, and quinella wagering.
Stately Victor is owned by F. Thomas Conway and Jack Conway. He is trained by Michael Maker and will be ridden by Alan Garcia.
Stately Victor impressed all Kentucky Derby betting handicappers with that stunning upset in the Blue Grass as he rallied from sixth place at the three quarter pole to make second as the horses headed into the stretch. Stately Victor ended up with the win going away, beating out Paddy O’Prado by four and one quarter lengths.
Maker could be one of the up and coming trainers in all of Kentucky Derby betting. A long time understudy to the legendary Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lucas, he now has a thriving stable of his own. He has won training titles at Keeneland, Turfway, and Churchill Downs.
He won his first Breeder’s Cup last year with Furthest Land in the Dirt Mile.
Prior to that win in the Blue Grass, Stately Victor was not on anyone’s Kentucky Derby betting list as he finished out of the money in five consecutive races, faring no better than fifth place. In the Grade I Breeder’s Futurity last October 10 he finished sixth.