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Breaking Down the Field

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Though there is a betting favorite (Bodemeister at 4-1), several contenders have solid credentials. To sift through them, The Wall Street Journal employed a tried and true method of analysis: elimination. Even in an ultracompetitive year like this, there are reasons to cross everyone off the list—except the winner.

Just not fast enough

Five horses have 50-1 odds: Optimizer, Rousing Sermon, Liaison, Done Talking and Trinniberg. All except Trinniberg could practically be beaten by greyhounds. Even the group with the next longest odds—Sabercat (30-1) and Prospective (30-1)—are lucky just to be here.

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