Trainer D. Wayne Lukas shared his betting strategy and picks for Kentucky Derby 140.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There’s no questioning the ability of D. Wayne Lukas to train a winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes.
His horses have won the Derby four times, the Preakness six times and four Belmonts. Nobody has done it better than Lukas and his 14 Triple Crown wins.
Lukas will not saddle a horse in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. He will, however, make an appearance at the betting windows. As promised Tuesday, I convinced Lukas to share his Derby betting strategy.
His preferred wager is a seven-horse superfecta.
Translation: If any four members in Lukas’s group finish 1-2-3-4 in the Derby, it’s a winning ticket. But everybody in the top four has to be in this group.
It’s not an inexpensive wager. It’s out of my budget. You’ll likely need to recruit a syndicate to make your investment. A $1 seven-horse superfecta box is an $840 bet.
Lukas said that he picked the top four last year – Orb, Golden Soul, Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion. The $1 superfecta paid $28,542, primarily because Golden Soul was a major longshot.
Lukas insisted that a seven-horse superfecta box is the only wager that he makes in Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup races.
"You can draw a line through a lot of these horses," Lukas said. "There are a few that are easy to eliminate."
Enough delay. Here are Lukas’s seven horses (listed in order of their post position draw, not in preference of how he believes they will run).
1. Danza, winner of the Arkansas Derby who has only started four times.
2. California Chrome, the likely favorite who has rolled in his last four races.
3. Samraat, unbeaten in his first five starts before finishing second in the Wood Memorial.
4. Medal Count, the backside buzz horse who will be racing for the third time in 29 days.
5. Tapiture, coming off a fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby.
6. Ride On Curlin, has not won since Jan. 12 but should benefit from jockey Calvin Borel.
7. Wicked Strong, winner of the Wood Memorial, only his second win in six starts.
There is your D. Wayne Lukas 2014 Kentucky Derby wager. Proceed with care.
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