One of the most popular dark horses, no pun intended, competing in this year’s 2012 Kentucky Derby predictions is none other than Done Talking. After announcing his arrival to the horse-racing world by winning the 2012 Illinois Derby, Done Talking is poised to have another huge performance on May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Being listed as a long-shot on April 7th Grade III race, Done Talking stunned the world by beating betting favorite Morgan's Guerrilla by three quarters of a length. Trailing a group of horses heading towards the stretch, jockey Sheldon Russell asked his horse to give his all and he responded.
“As long as I could get him close enough at the top of the lane, I knew he would come home,” Russell said. “I just wanted to get my horse close enough, so that when he did kick in he was going to be close enough to get there. I was very surprised when we turned for home. I think I was in fourth place. I knew that I still had some horse.”
Maneuvering between horses down the Hawthorne Race Course stretch, Done Talking had a finish to remember. Hoping to get the same type of effort on May 5, trainer Hamilton A. Smith believes his horse not belongs in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, he should be listed among the top 10 contenders. Bet on horse racing now and take advantage of all the perks being offered to new and returning BOVADA customers!
"We came here thinking if we got lucky we'd go on to the Kentucky Derby," he said. "His running style is right. When speed is backing up, he'll be making his late run. The 11/4 miles should suit him."
Having that said, 2012 Kentucky Derby predictions specialists aren’t giving Done Talking much of a chance. Listing him as a 30/1 underdog, Done Talking will have an uphill battle to climb to take home the $2 million grand prize. In the grand scheme of things, Done Talking is 14 horses back, in the odds category. Then again, this is a horse that thrives as the underdog, so anything can happen on May 5th.
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