Ohio Derby Betting Preview
Betting Preview: Promise Keeper
Promise Keeper is coming off a victory in the Grade III Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 8th, where he was able to grab the lead at the top of the stretch and win, going away by two and quarter lengths over Nova Rags as the 3/2 favorite. It was his first graded stakes win after finishing last in a 12 horse field in the Grade II South Tampa Bay Derby on March 6th, from which he was able to bounce back with an allowance optional claiming race win at Keeneland on April 8th.
His record in five career races is 3-0-0, with earnings of $184,600. Promise Keeper will start from the inside post position as the slight 7/2 morning line favorite for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Betting Preview: Keepmeinmind
Keepmeinmind is a familiar name after competing, running a full schedule of prep races, then competing in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, finishing seventh and fourth, respectively. His only victory came in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on November 28th, and Keepmeinmind is making his first start since the Preakness Stakes.
In eight starts, he has a record of 1-2-1 and has earned $484,987. Keepmeinmind has morning line odds of 4/1 and will start from the eighth post position.
Betting Preview: King Fury
King Fury, who was sired by the legendary Curlin, won the 20-8-4-2 Derby prep Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 10th as an 18/1 longshot but wasn’t entered in any of the Triple Crown races, although he was listed as a possible entry for all of them at some point. His performance in the Lexington Stakes was his only finish better than fifth in four total graded stakes starts, although he won the Street Sense Overnight Stakes (Listed) at Churchill Downs on October 25th.
He has a record of 3-0-0 and earnings of $262,739 in six career outings. King Fury will start from the fourth post position with morning line odds of 9/2.
Betting Preview: Proxy
Proxy was one of the favorites at 5/2 in his most recent race and finished in fourth place when King Fury had his surprising win in the Lexington Stakes. He racked up 36 points on the Road to Kentucky Derby and qualified for the first leg of the Triple Crown, but like King Fury, he was kept out of the entire series despite runner-up finishes in the Lecomte Stakes and Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds.
In seven starts, Proxy has a mark of 2-3-0 with earnings of $237,700. He drew the ninth post position and his morning line odds are 5/1.
Free Betting Pick
All of the favorites in the morning line odds are familiar with racing against quality competition, but Proxy appears ready to break through at 5/1 odds.
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