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2021 Kentucky Derby odds, horses, lineup: Uncanny bettor releases full leaderboard, top picks

Jody Demling has hit the Derby-Oaks double nine times in the last 12 years and just locked in his Kentucky Derby picks
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The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs. Before you lock in any picks for the annual Run for the Roses, you ABSOLUTELY need to see what our resident horse racing guru, Jody Demling, has to say.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2021 Kentucky Derby after a major heater in 2020: At one point last year, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes.

This is the same handicapper who hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 12 years! That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but three times in his last 12 tries.

He opened last season's Triple Crown schedule on a heater too. At last year's Belmont, Demling said Tiz the Law was clearly the class of the field, and Barclay Tagg's horse pulled away for a convincing 3 3/4-length victory. Anyone who has followed him is up HUGE.

For the 2021 Kentucky Derby, we can tell you Demling is fading Hot Rod Charlie, even though that horse is one of the top Vegas favorites. In fact, Demling says Hot Rod Charlie doesn't even hit the board! Another stunner: Demling is extremely high on Highly Motivated, even though he's a big 10-1 long shot! He's a target for anyone looking for a HUGE payday.

Instead, Demling is also especially high on another HUGE double-digit long shot who has "looked amazing" during training! If you include him in your exotics, you could be looking at a colossal payday.

Who wins the 2021 Kentucky Derby? And which COLOSSAL underdog is a MUST-BACK? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Jody Demling's Kentucky Derby winner, see which HUGE long shot contends, and get the finish positions for every single horse, all from the expert who's nailed nine Derby-Oaks doubles!

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