Friesan Fire Nears 2009 Kentucky Derby Favorite Status

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Friesan Fire Kentucky Derby Favorite

While I Want Revenge was still officially the favorite, Friesan Fire has now surpassed Dunkirk with the second shortest odds of winning the 2009 Kentucky Derby.  He is now within a point of becoming the favorite at online gambling sites the likes of

Friesan Fire came in with odds of +350 that would pay out $350 on every $100 bet.  I Want Revenge was listed with +280 odds for a payout of $280 on every $100 bet.

Friesan Fire was the winner when it came to expert consensus picks Friday night.

Tom Amoss is a Churchill Downs trainer and TVG (America's Horse Racing Network) analyst.  Making his picks for the Louisville Courier, he explains why Friesan Fire will win.

"The Louisiana Derby winner has improved with every start. I like him at the 1 1/4-mile distance. I think Derbys are won by fate, the winner preordained. In the case of Friesan Fire, it's trainer Larry Jones' swansong."

Experts at Blood Sport Magazine were also high on Friesan Fire winning while many other Kentucky Derby handicappers had the horse among their top three finishers.


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Below were your 2009 Kentucky Derby odds heading into race day courtesy of

West Side Bernie




Musket Man




Mr Hot Stuff






Hold Me Back




Friesan Fire




Papa Clem




Mine That Bird




Join in the Dance




Regal Ransom




Chocolate Candy




General Quarters




I Want Revenge




Atomic Rain








Pioneer of the Nile




Summer Bird




Nowhere to Hide




Desert Party




Flying Private



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