Kentucky Derby odds are also often beaten by the winner of Santa Anita as its one of the most respected pre Kentucky Derby wagering races. Santa Anita is unique in that some of the best owners, trainers, and jockeys operated out of there and these connections always have a lot of clout in the mathematics of the Kentucky Derby odds.
In fact, the Santa Anita Derby is, in many ways, the Kentucky Derby of pre Kentucky Derby wagering races. This year was no exception and the winner of the Santa Anita Derby is one of the favorites against the Kentucky Derby odds.
Pioneer of the Nile took this year’ Santa Anita Derby and emerged as the top contender against the Kentucky Derby odds for west coast horses. Pioneer of the Nile was the heavy favorite in the Santa Anita Derby but won by just one length.
Pioneer of the Nile has developed a reputation, which was reinforced at Santa Anita, as a horse that will be highly competitive against the Kentucky Derby odds. Pioneer of the Nile paid $3.60 for the win at Santa Anita.
Pioneer of the Nile was not the only big time contender at Santa Anita, however, as Chocolate Candy also ran there and is going to be in the Kentucky Derby odds field. Chocolate Candy finished second in the Santa Anita Derby, as was expected. Mr. Hot Stuff closed hard and fast to finish third at the Santa Anita Derby.
The Santa Anita Derby did not have much of a pace and was a choppy race, as it was not exactly the type of run that is expected at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby odds. Pioneer of the Nile and Chocolate Candy did not get a full test at the Santa Anita Derby as another contender, The Pamplemousse was scratched.
Pioneer of the Nile was in front early, lost the lead in the final turn, and then reclaimed it to win and re-affirm his status as a favorite on the Kentucky Derby odds.
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