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2012 Kentucky Derby: This Year's Field Is Wide Open

Bodemeister, Union Rags and Gemologist have the best three odds to win this year's Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Gemologist trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Gemologist trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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There are 20 horses in this year's Kentucky Derby Field, but none of them are standing out far beyond the rest as the clear horse to beat.

While the horses with the best odds, Bodemeister and Union Rags, are getting most of the headlines, it might be Gemologist who steals the show on Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Gemologist, despite a Barbaro-esque perfect five for five, gets shuffled back to third choice in the morning line. His Wood Memorial win was deceptively strong. He overcame severe traffic trouble in the first turn and then found another gear when challenged late in the stretch by a hard charging Alpha. It appeared that he was just getting lazy on the lead in the stretch but was never seriously challenged. Gemologist is a versatile runner and can concede the early pace.

At 6-1 odds, Gemologist has become a popular pick as handicappers try to make sense of a cluttered field.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.