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Homeracing

A Kentucky Derby Best Bet

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Derek Simon

April 20th, 2013

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Rules

    1) Horse must have earned higher LSRs in each of its last two races.

    2) All horse’s last three races must’ve been contested over a route of ground (mile or greater) within the past 120 days and at least two of those races must’ve been graded stakes. 

    And the potential (fingers crossed) 2013 qualifier…

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    Verrazano fits the profile of the kind of runner we’re looking for in every respect and, in fact, has improved his LSR each time he’s run. The son of More Than Ready followed up a -13 LSR in his career debut, with a -5 in his second race, a -4 in his third start and, finally, a +1 figure in his final prep, the Grade I Wood Memorial.

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    The Curse of Apollo

    No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a two-year-old. Below is a look at the Derby entrants that were unraced at two — and how they fared in Louisville — since 1937:

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