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Handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

The Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is still a long way down the road, but it’s never too early to start thinking about potential winners on the first Saturday in May. The first real stop on the Road to the Kentucky Derby is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile to be held this November at Santa Anita Park in California. The Breeders’ Cup is one of the biggest betting days of the year, and Amazing.Bet will have to spend some good amount of time to help the users to find the best odds there are. There are also many other Sports events, but the The Breeder’s Cup is known as a very popular tournament among the betting lovers. By placing a bet, they get involved personally in the race.

The best 2-year-olds in the world will gather for this 1 1/16-mile race with a $2 million purse. The early favorite is Dennis’ Moment, which is somewhat remarkable considering the horse didn’t even finish his first race. Back in June at Churchill, the son of two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Tiznow clipped heels in a maiden race. Then a month later at Ellis Park, he returned to the races and really showed what he’s made of when he won a maiden race by nearly 20 lengths. Proving that win was no fluke, he came back to win the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill. When you add in the fact that jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and trainer Dale Romans are both seasoned veterans, Dennis’ Moment is the one to beat in the Breeders’ Cup and thus far is the early Kentucky Derby frontrunner.

Also getting some early attention is the Steve Asmussen trained Basin, who has won two of three career starts including the Runhappy Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. He won that race by more than six lengths without being asked, but it remains to be seen how he will perform around two turns. Even so, he’s another legitimate contender.

The final horse we’ll look at is Nucky. This horse is a bit of an unexpected runner, as twice he’s been entered in claiming races and it took him four tries to break his maiden. But sometimes it takes 2-year-olds a few races to figure things out and they can often improve rapidly, and that appears to be the case with Nucky. In August at Del Mar he finally did figure things out when he broke his maiden by 10 lengths in a $100,000 maiden claiming race. No one claimed him that day, although another horse in the race was claimed for that big price. In his next start, Nucky pulled off a 35-1 upset in the Runhappy Del Mar Futurity, although his chances were improved when heavy favorite Eight Rings lost his jockey.

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby are always challenging to handicap, but that just means the rewards are greater if you are able to pick the winner!

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