Kentucky Derby gambling attention is not focused on American Lion and that is often a very good thing when trying to find hidden value with the Kentucky Derby odds. American Lion is an 18-1 Kentucky Derby gambling choice that could bring a lot of bang for the buck with handicappers looking for something beyond the obvious.
American Lion has a Kentucky Derby gambling resume that includes six starts with three wins, one second place finish, and one third place finish good for total earnings of over $400,000. This year in three starts American Lion has a win and a third place showing.
American Lion’s Kentucky Derby wagering claim to fame is the winning of the Illinois Derby on April 3 at Hawthorne. The Illinois Derby was a mile and one-eighth Grade III race with a purse of $500,000 that American Lion won by two and three quarters lengths over Yawanna Twist.
Prior to that American Lion ran on March 13 In the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, which was a Grade II race of one mile and a sixteenth with a purse of $150,000. American Lion was one of five leading contenders and finished a disappointing fourth as fellow Kentucky Derby gambling contender Sidney’s Candy got the win.
The race was an excellent Kentucky Derby gambling preview as fellow contenders for the blanket of roses in the race included Interactif and Caracortado. American Lion was in second place at the three quarter pole before fading down the stretch.
At the Hollywood Prevue Stakes, a Grade III race last November 21 at Hollywood Park, American Lion scored an impressive win as the heavy favorite. Winstar Farm owns American Lion, which is one of the most respected and elite ownership groups in Kentucky Derby gambling and a reason why this colt is taken seriously.
The trainer is Eoin Harty and the jockey is David Flores. The sire is Tiznow and the dam is Storm Tide. It is a pedigree and ownership combination that could bring phenomenal Derby Day value.