Horse Racing Odds - Will There Be a Triple Crown Winner


Last year, American Pharoah raced into the hearts of sports fans everywhere by winning not just the Kentucky Derby, but the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes as well to capture the Triple Crown. He became the first pony to do so since Affirmed in 1978 to win all three of horse racing's most coveted jewels.

Now, a new crop of three-year olds will be out to tackle one of the toughest tasks in sports, beginning this Saturday at the Kentucky Derby.

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Each and every year, the discussion of whether a horse will win the Triple Crown or not surfaces. Almost every year, betting on a horse to win all three legs is worthwhile right from the get go in spite of the fact that it isn't all that likely the feat is ultimately pulled off.

This year, has posted odds of +475 that a horse will win the Triple Crown this year.

Almost regardless of who wins the Run for the Roses, that horse will then become the favorite, if not the odds-on favorite to win the Preakness Stakes. There's also no such thing as a horse which has won the Derby and the Preakness not being the odds-on favorite to finish off the Triple Crown.

Just from that standpoint, the math is really good on betting the yes. As we all know though, it's virtually impossible for a modern three-year old horse to pull off the same feat American Pharoah did, and that's why there hadn't been a pony do the deed in almost four decades.

There aren't many horses in the field at the Kentucky Derby who we think can pull off all three of the main races of the year, but there are a few who should certainly be in consideration.

Nyquist – It's really hard to bet against the favorite to win the Derby right now. He's still undefeated, and until he's beaten, he's going to be the favorite everywhere he goes. If Nyquist does win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes sets up well for him, knowing that it's a race where trailers usually don't end up getting up to the wire in time. This crop of three-year olds is chock full of big time closers and not all that many speed balls. Nyquist is in the middle, a stalker of sorts very much so like American Pharoah was. He's clearly the most likely horse to pull off the treble.

Mohaymen – Mohaymen has only been beaten once in his career, that coming against Nyquist at the Florida Derby. If the grey colt happens to win on Saturday as many think he can, we've got to imagine that he won't be running against Nyquist again, which would make him the prohibitive favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and ultimately the Kentucky Derby. Much like Nyquist, Mohaymen is a stalker by nature, and that's the best type of horse to be if you're going to try to win the Triple Crown.

Mor Spirit – It's going to take a little bit of creativity to imagine Mor Spirit winning the Triple Crown, but it's worth remembering that Prime Power ranks him as the top horse in this field. He's never finished worse than second, and he was put away comfortably by Exaggerator in the Santa Anita Derby. But what happens when those closers can't catch up to him because of the field size at Churchill Downs? Mor Spirit could easily go to Pimlico as the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes, and that alone would make it worth your while to back him at this price of +475 to claim the Triple Crown.

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