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2012 Kentucky Derby Picks, Predictions, Odds And More

The 2012 Kentucky Derby has arrived, and experts across the nation have listed their picks an predictions for the Run of the Roses on Saturday afternoon. SB Nation's Matt Gardner of And Down The Stretch They Come previewed the race, and while he wouldn't be surprised if Bodemeister wins the Derby, the wagering odds have him eyeing other combinations in the big race. Specifically, Garnder says the majority of his plays on Saturday will involve "putting Dullahan and Alpha in the top spot, with Union Rags, Creative Cause, I'll Have Another, and El Padrino on the bottom" and then Bodemeister will be paired in Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers to attract bigger potential payouts.

Looking around the web: (1) Joe Drape of The New York Times has Union Rags, Creative Cause and Went the Day Well listed as his top three finishers, (2) The staff at Churchill Downs has picked Union Rags, Creative Cause and I'll Have Another in the top three, and (3) The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky has gone with an order of Union Rags, Creative Cause and Gemologist.

Listed below are the entries, post positions, morning line odds and updated odds. Click on the name of each horse for a complete profile.

1 Daddy Long Legs Aidan O'Brien Colm O'Donoghue 30/1 24/1
2 Optimizer D. Lukas Jon Court 50/1 36/1
3 Take Charge Indy Patrick Byrne Calvin Borel 15/1 10/1
4 Union Rags Michael Matz Julien Leparoux 9/2 5/1
5 Dullahan Dale Romans Kent Desormeaux 8/1 10/1
6 Bodemeister Bob Baffert Mike Smith 4/1 7/1
7 Rousing Sermon Jerry Hollendorfer Jose Lezcano 50/1 34/1
8 Creative Cause Mike Harrington Joel Rosario 12/1 10/1
9 Trinniberg Bisnath Parboo Willie Martinez 50/1 40/1
10 Daddy Nose Best Steven Asmussen Garrett Gomez 15/1 13/1
11 Alpha Kiaran McLaughlin Rajiv Maragh 15/1 20/1
12 Prospective Mark Casse Luis Contreras 30/1 65/1
13 Went The Day Well G. Motion John Velazquez 20/1 26/1
14 Hansen Michael Maker Ramon Dominguez 10/1 11/1
15 Gemologist Todd Pletcher Javier Castellano 6/1 8/1
16 El Padrino Todd Pletcher Rafael Bejarano 20/1 27/1
17 Done Talking Hamilton Smith Sheldon Russell 50/1 30/1
18 Sabercat Steven Asmussen Corey Nakatani 30/1 33/1
19 I'll Have Another Doug O'Neill Mario Gutierrez 12/1 14/1
20 Liaison Bob Baffert Martin Garcia 50/1 55/1

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