Kentucky Derby gambling handicappers realize that in order to make the most money on Derby Day they must find the best value on the board with the Kentucky Derby odds. In order to score substantial Kentucky Derby gambling value a good handicapper must look beyond the big chalk overlays and most popular names getting the most publicity.
Finding value means digging a little Deeper. Ice Box is the type of horse that can offer superior Kentucky Derby gambling value.
Ice Box has solid Kentucky Derby wagering credentials that begin with a 2010 record of two wins in three starts with total earnings of just under $480,000. Ice Box has shown considerable improvement from last year when he won just one race in four starts.
Ice Box drew considerable Kentucky Derby gambling attention with his win in the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 20 when he scored a nice upset that paid $20.70.
Ice Box beat out fellow Kentucky Derby contenders Pleasant Prince and Rule as he had an electrifying rally in which he bolted all the way from eleventh position at the three quarter pole to climb up to fourth place at the stretch and then won by a nose.
The Florida Derby win was a nice bounce back as Ice Box faired poorly with a disappointing fifth place finish at Gulfstream in the February 20 Grade II Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes.
The big time Kentucky Derby gambling favorite Eskendereya was the blowout winner with fellow Derby Day contender Jackson Bend finishing second.
Robert LaPenta owns Ice Box and Nicholas Zito, one of the biggest and most respected names in Kentucky Derby gambling, is the trainer. Jose Lezcano will get the mount. The Sire is Pulpit and the dam is Spice Island. It is a pedigree that combines class with stamina.
Ice Box seems to be the classic “late bloomer” that is peaking at just the right time. The Colt’s poor performance as a two year old has served to maintain his value for the Derby.