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Sports Notes - 01-13-2009

Jan 13, 2009 5:05 PM

EARLY DERBY ODDS A WYNN-ER

Thumbs up to John Avello at Wynn Las Vegas and Encore for a list of hundreds that could wind up in the Kentucky Derby. Currently, Point Encounter and Old Fashioned are the co-favorites at 15-1.

Pioneerof The Nile is next at 20-1. GamingToday horse racing analyst Richard Saber is high on Terrain, who is listed at a nice 70-1. For a detailed Derby list, check p15.

USA 2-1 IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

Harrah’s properties has opening odds for the March 5-23 World Baseball Classic. The USA is a 2-1 favorite in the 16-nation event that ends with the finals at Dodger Stadium in L.A. The Dominican Republic is next best at 5-2. The 2006 defending champ Japan is 5-1.

Other contenders include Cuba (6-1), Venezuela (8-1), Puerto Rico (10-1) and Korea (12-1). China is 100-1.