Derby winner part of Triple Crown prop

May 03, 2008 8:36 PM
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by Mark Mayer |

No matter which horse wins today’s 134th Kentucky Derby, prop betting on a possible Triple Crown champion figures to be brisk at Las Vegas sports books. Wynn Las Vegas lists the price at +600 for a Triple Crown winner this year. The line is -800 against any horse capturing the Derby, Preakness and Belmont. There hasn’t been a Triple Crown champ since Affirmed in 1978.

Big Brown opened as the morning line favorite at 3-1. Colonel John was next at 4-1, followed by Pyro at 6-1 in the 20-horse field. Post time is 3:04 p.m. PT with the distance at 1Ľ-miles. The Churchill Downs track was muddy on Friday from rain during the running of the Kentucky Oaks. However, the forecast is for clearing skies, 72 degrees, and only a 20-percent chance of rain, according to the Weather Channel.

Here are some other prop bets concerning winning time, post number, the favorite and the filly.

Will the Derby winner capture the Preakness?
Bet                    open        current

YES there will              +210          +200
NO there won’t            -250             -240

Official winning time of the Derby
Bet                    open     current
OVER 2:02.20          +105          +105
UNDER 2:02.20       -125           -125

Winning saddle cloth number
Bet        open        current
Odd           -110          +200
Even           -110          -240

Winning saddle cloth number 
Bet          open      current
1-5              4-1            4-1
6-10            7-5            7-5
11-15          9-2            9-2
16-20          8-5            8-5

Official Derby win mutual payoff
Bet                   open      current
OVER $16.70           -135        -155
UNDER $16.70        +115       +135

Will Big Brown finish in Top 3
Bet                  open     current
YES he will              +130      +130
NO he won’t            -150       -150

Will Eight Belles finish in Top 12
Bet                   open     current
YES she will             -120        -120
No she won’t           EVEN       EVEN

The Preakness will be run in two weeks on Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Track in Maryland, just outside Baltimore.