2012 Kentucky Derby Early Odds, Favorites and Long Shots: Fan's Take

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The aura of the one hundred and thirty-eighth edition of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is within our sights. And so are the early odds connected to this event, which is why you clicked on this title.

While horse racing has varied in popularity throughout the decades, the appealing get-rich-quick lure that is sewn into the Triple Crown promotion is at its height during this upcoming first leg of the journey.

Now, there are long shots and then there are long shots. While we obviously don't yet know what the final field will be, all potential contenders including the single-digit sureties and double-digit possibilities will all be presented. No fancy extras here, just the names and numbers:

The current odds:

Bodemeister 5-1

Union Rags 5-1

Gemologist 7-1

Dullahan 10-1

Creative Cause 12-1

Alpha 14-1

Hansen 14-1

El Padrino 16-1

I'll Have Another 16-1

Take Charge Indy 16-1

Daddy Nose Best 20-1

Went The Day Well 20-1

Mark Valeski 25-1

Done Talking 30-1

Daddy Long Legs 35-1

Liaison 35-1

Sabercat 35-1

Rousing Sermon 45-1

Prospective 50-1

Trinniberg 50-1

Hero of Order 85-1

Optimizer 85-1

The contenders noted above were current as of April 26, 2012.

Now, let's be honest with each other. True fans of this sport have actually attended a multitude of live events over the years. While at the track they will even visit the paddock, because of their appreciation for the great animals who are at the center of these contests.

There are other people who frequent off-track wagering facilities because they don't live close enough to an outdoor oval. Yes, some of these individuals have serious addictive gambling problems. But, the sport itself is not responsible for creating that issue. People who believe that human beings have no free often jump head-first toward that false finish line.

Finally, there are people who simply follow horse racing on the approaching Triple Crown days. There is nothing wrong with being a casual fan.

No matter how anyone approaches these great sporting events, everyone earns the right to enjoy them.

Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He has written professionally for over two decades and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.

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