Betting the Kentucky Derby Tips

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Along with the Breeders’ Cup at the end of the year, the Kentucky Derby is the event within horse racing that racing fans look forward to the most with both once-a-year bettors and pro handicappers alike wagering millions of dollars.

Part of the fabled Triple Crown of horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is regarded as one of the most important thoroughbred races on the planet, and with that sort of reputation comes the want for watchers to get involved in the event, the main way of achieving that being to bet the race.

Usually staged on the first Saturday in May but delayed in 2020 until September 5 due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, the Kentucky Derby is the highlight of an amazing weekend of betting at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky with the race carrying an amazing $2 million in prize money.

Kentucky Derby Bets

Once all the various combinations available are considered, it’s fair to say that there is a myriad of bet types available when it comes to wagering on the Kentucky Derby.

Most horseplayers experienced and neophyte alike, tend to keep things simple by wagering on the nose with win bets. If you remain confident that your selection is giving you good value then there is never anything wrong with remaining positive and betting your horse to win.

If you want a little insurance instead you can opt for a smaller payout, depending on the odds of course, by betting your horse to place or show instead. Place bets mean your horse needs to finish in the first two and show bets concern those finishing in the first three.

If you want to take a chance on a big payoff you can attempt to predict the finishing order accurately. Exacta wagering means picking the first two past the wire in the right order, or you can place Trifectas (first three) and even Superfectas (first four).

Tons of bets are available if you’re feeling a little exotic, our team at TVG being able to help you get started with a risk-free bet for new customers.

Why Wager on the Kentucky Derby?

There is no prerequisite to bet on horse racing in order to enjoy it, but racing thoroughbreds and wagering are inextricably linked with betting having been at the very heart of this sport ever since the earliest match races in England hundreds of years ago.

While 100,000 people can cram into Churchill Downs on Derby day during a normal year and get the bragging rights of having “been there”, for the majority of the racing world the Kentucky Derby has to be enjoyed from a distance and with that in mind, the best way to be fully involved and fully invested in the event is to bet on it.

Wagering on the race, at whatever level is safe and right for you, gives you that extra buzz when the gates fly open. When Justify took this race to land the first leg of his amazing Triple Crown win, he was the best backed horse in the race and provided the same exhilaration and joy for his backers as he did for Bob Baffert and the owners when passing the wire in front.

So, whether you’re standing right below the twin spires or are watching from 5,000 miles away at home, wagering on the Kentucky Derby can make you feel like you are genuinely a part of the action and that’s what it’s all about!

Kentucky Derby Main Contenders

At the head of most Kentucky Derby Odds lists right now is Barclay Tagg’s Tiz The Law, and understandably so. A son of Constitution from the family of prolific Tiznow, Tiz The Law won both the Holy Bull and the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream this year before taking the first leg of the Triple Crown at Belmont in great style, but don’t forget that he was a beaten favorite around Churchill Downs as a juvenile.

Other than the Belmont Stakes, the best form line appears to be from California where Bob Baffert’s Authentic won back in March from Honor A.P. in the GII San Felipe Stakes. They faced off again in the GI Santa Anita Derby, this time with Honor A.P. overturned the form but it appears there was a setback for Authentic and he didn’t show his true form.

Bet on Derby Prep Races

If you’re not a form or time expert then you need other factors to be able to consider when picking out your Kentucky Derby wagers.

One piece of evidence you can use is the form of the major prep races, often referred to collectively as the Road to the Kentucky Derby events.

Only 20 starters are allowed in the gate and so the field of wannabe’s needs to be trimmed down significantly. Points are awarded therefore in Road to the Kentucky Derby races with 47 usually staged in all, these being the most important ones to consider in what is now a very changed build-up:

Date Race Venue Points
February 15 Risen Star Stakes (Divisions 1 & 2) Fair Grounds 50-20-10-5
February 29 Fountain of Youth Stakes Gulfstream Park 50-20-10-5
March 7 Gotham Stakes Aqueduct 50-20-10-5
March 7 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay Downs 50-20-10-5
March 7 San Felipe Stakes Santa Anita Park 50-20-10-5
March 14 Rebel Stakes Oaklawn Park 50-20-10-5
March 21 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds 100-40-20-10
March 22 Sunland Derby Sunland Park 50-20-10-5
March 28 UAE Derby Meydan, Dubai  100-40-20-10
March 28 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park 100-40-20-10
May 2 Arkansas Derby (Divisions I & II) Oaklawn Park 100-40-20-10
June 6 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita Park 100-40-20-10
June 20 Belmont Stakes Belmont Park 150-60-30-50
July 11 Blue Grass Stakes Keeneland 100-40-20-10
July 18 Haskell Invitational Monmouth 100-40-20-10
August 8 Travers Stakes Saratoga 100-40-20-10

Bet the 2020 Kentucky Derby with TVG

Our dedicated team of experts is always on hand to offer in-depth analysis of all the contenders to help you with your Derby picks.

Keep an eye out on the latest Kentucky Derby odds to see where your horse stands and place your bets with us, TVG being your trusted one stop destination for legal online picks.

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