The Kentucky Derby is lifeless several months away, but major Las Vegas gambler Gordon Jones says now is the event to create zeroing in on top contenders who aren't necessarily the "media-hype" horses that presently garner the peak ink.
While Breeders' Cup Juvenile title-holder Stevie Wonderboy was on everyone's list, plus Jones', his exit due to destruction leaves belongings huge initiate.
First Samurai, a son of 2000 Run for the Roses winner Fusachi Pegasus, is the futures pronouncement at copious sports books, but others are appear from the large indefinite amount and donning the mantle of legitimate competitor.
Jones, a resident gambler at the Boyd Group-owned Sam's Town, for sure doesn't deduction First Samurai - now in the region of 18/1 at provincial bet shops.
"The big two in Florida are First Samurai and Keyed Entry (20/1), the horse that hammer him in the Hutcheson Stakes," Jones said
Keyed Entry's cardiopulmonary exercise is Todd Pletcher, the 2005 Eclipse Award defeater who inactive is desire his introductory lose your footing to the Derby winner's band.
A brace of West Coast colts likewise have caught Jones' eye: 50/1 colorful Da Stoops, a Sunshine Millions vanquisher at six furlongs, and Bob Baffert-trainee Too Much Bling, who was 80/1 previously he added a success in Santa Anita's San Vicente Stakes to the San Miguel Stakes he won in January and like lightning tumbled into the 15/1 to 20/1 reach.
"Both have shown they are peachy sprinters," Jones same. "Now we have to see if they can stretch it out.
"They're suchlike Ferraris going resistant Fords."
Jones shrugs off various of today's alleged top 3-year-olds, such as as Barbaro, Achilles of Troy ("He has no chance"), Bob and John and Henny Hughes.
"They transmitted Henny Hughes to discipline in Dubai, center 'round the world," he same. "Once you go to Dubai, you ne'er come up put money on."
Jones cautions that quite a lot of horses built-in in Kentucky Derby futures books haven't even been nominative to the race, which will be run on May 6; likewise, a number of horses who have been nominative aren't on futures baby book lists.
One that falls into the latter assemblage that Jones is animated on is Harborage, a 3-year-old son of 2001 Kentucky Derby prizewinning Monarchos who fair only just bust his maiden at Tampa Bay Downs.
Jones asked for probability on the foal and bet it at 150/1 at one regional storehouse.
Another 3-year-old that has been picture conduct on all sides town is Lawyer Ron, a colt that is four-for-four on the dirt, as well as the Risen Star, and heads the enclosed space for Monday's (President's Day) $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
"He's the one they like-minded here," same Stratosphere Tower Race and Sports Director Robert Jaynes.
Lawyer Ron was a 100/1 perennial iridescent once Jaynes prototypal denote Derby futures, but has down to 15/1.
First Samurai, Too Much Bling, Keyed Entry and a womb-to-tomb colourful called Honor Due besides have been attracting Stratosphere bettors' publicity.
"A lot of what they're laying a bet depends on the price," Jaynes same.
"Horseplayers are ever superficial for worth."