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3 Dark Horses That Could Pull off the Upset Win at 2019 Kentucky Derby

David Hayes
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Few things are more exciting, or rewarding, than watching your underdog thoroughbred pull off an upset at the Kentucky Derby.

While most bettors might be rolling with the betting favorites like Game Winner, according to TVG, here are three dark horses that have a chance at paying off in a big way in the 2019 Kentucky Derby this Saturday.

1. Code of Honor (12/1)

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Mike Curry, of America's Best Racing, views Code of Honor as the best bet outside of the favorites. Code of Honor earned strong speed figures for his age across the board. He recently had a strong workout with Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, so he'll likely be in good shape heading into the Kentucky Derby.

2. Tax (20/1)

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Tax boasts two wins, two seconds, and a third in his five career races and most recently placed second in the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct on April 6. Tax also comes from decorated lineage that includes the 1993 Kentucky Derby winner, Sea Hero, so Mint Juleps run through his veins.

3. Long Range Toddy (30/1)

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Prior to a sixth place finish in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, Long Range Toddy posted four wins, a second, and a third in his previous six races. Plus, his Arkansas Derby placing was skewed by his first time on a wet track. If Churchill Downs remains dry, Long Range Toddy has the pedigree to steal the show and net a massive payout to bettors.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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