2019 Kentucky Derby Sleepers You Can Take to the Bank
Posted by: Charlie Smith
The 2019 Kentucky Derby will be held this weekend and online horse betting fans are scrambling to find this year’s wise-guy horse. That’s the nickname that sportsbook players have given that one Kentucky Derby runner who magically takes a ton of money even though no one saw this coming. And even though the post-time favorite has come out on top at the Derby six consecutive years now, this 2019 Derby is surprisingly up for grabs. So what are the best 2019 Kentucky Derby sleepers to bank on?
2019 Kentucky Derby – Saturday, May 4th
When: Post Time ~ 6:50 pm ET
Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
Stream: NBC Sports
Kentucky Derby fans who are following this year’s lead up are well aware how the pundits feel about this year’s run. In fact, most racing experts agree that there isn’t a single horse who could end up achieving the Triple Crown. All in all this means that there isn’t a large buzz surrounding any one horse this time around. Ultimately this means that there is a ton of sleeper value to find in this year’s race. So where does that value lie?
Best 2019 Kentucky Derby Sleeper Picks
There’s only one undefeated horse in this field, who just happens to be a true front-runner with great quickness. However, it’s also the same horse facing 10-1 odds at the present moment. Granted there is a good deal of uncertainty surrounding Maximum Security, particularly how he’ll fare here. After all, he’s been out in front in all 4 of his wins, so no one knows how he’ll fare behind others.
Here Maximum Security will be competing in the longest distance that he’s ever seen in his career. One thing he does going for him however, is his style of running. In the Derby he’ll be going up against stalk-and-close horses who generally favor the late run. If Maximum Security’s tendency to take an early lead pays off, punters who took this sleeper pick will be smiling from ear to ear.
By My Standards
Trained by Bret Calhoun, By My Standards burst onto the scene in March when he came out on top at the Louisiana Derby. And that was despite the fact that he was facing 22-1 odds. Despite coming off his best performance, the bookies are still giving him 20-1 odds at the Derby. Nevertheless, he’s still a great 2019 Kentucky Derby sleeper pick. This is because he’s been on the board in every career race and has also won the last 2. Like Maximum Security, By My Standards is a tremendous starter – which should give him an edge this Saturday.
Win Win Win
If you’re turned off by the first two horses on the list and their strong-start tendencies, then Win Win Win (no matter what) is the horse for you. At the present time, Win Win Win is known as a famous slow-starter who gets the job done by closing in at the very last moment. Additionally, he boasts enough speed to set a track record time at the Tampa Bay Downs seven furlongs. One downside that could cripple him this Saturday is his tendency to come off the pace. In a field consisting of 20-horses, this could end up costing him big time. Nevertheless, it’s also true that he’s looked the best out of all the closers in this field as of late.
In fact, we saw him close within 2 ½ lengths at the Tampa Bay Derby to defeat Tacitus – who is facing better odds this Saturday. If his trainers can get him to stop coming off the pace, this is one horse whose name legal betting fans will want to remember this weekend.