Saturday, May 4 sees the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby take place in the awesome setting of Churchill Downs at Louisville, Kentucky.
With some strong juvenile form already in the bag and this year’s major prep races now under way we are beginning to get a clear idea of who the Kentucky Derby contenders are for this year’s Run for the Roses.
The last six favorites have all been successful in this race but beware; at some point in time that run has to end so don’t go purely from the odds list when attempting to decipher and who and what will be successful in the fastest two minutes in sports.
After the amazing Justify became America’s 13th Triple Crown hero last year the current crop have a lot to live up to but they are looking strong, the likes of Game Winner, Hidden Scroll and Improbable having all already been popular with bettors around the world.
The latest Kentucky Derby betting is listed below.
At this point in the proceedings our Kentucky Derby Futures odds are based on performances of the contenders from their two-year-old season last year but will change plenty over the next few weeks as the main prep races are staged around the country and beyond.
On the day itself the starting odds will be comprised by the Pari Mutual system with final wagering odds determined by the amount of cash in the pot overall from bettors around the country, divided by the number of bets placed on each horse.
To put it a different way; there could be millions in the betting pool with very few people betting your choice meaning potentially huge odds, but on the other hand if the majority of people are going for your horse its final starting odds could be very small.
The odds will fluctuate plenty on the Pari Mutual system during the final build-up to the race, especially in the final few minutes before post time so do be prepared not to know what odds you will get on your horse using this method until go time.
Dozens of races have already taken place, going right back to last year, handing out points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby but the most valuable events in terms of points and prize money are yet to come. Those victorious in the following races will be guaranteed a place in the final field:
Although the points totals aren’t massive in it, the Chelmsford race is important as this could represent the last chance for a British-trained runner to gain entry. This was the case last year when Gronkowski won the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle, though that race is too late to count this year as it takes place on April 19.
The current favorite is no surprise, Game Winner being victorious in the $2million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November which fittingly was run at Churchill Downs.
|Code of Honor||12/1|
|War of Will||15/1|
|Not That Brady||40/1|
Our team will be on hand to offer their in-depth analysis and expert picks leading up to post time at Churchill Downs and remember, you can find out who is in the running for a potential 14th Triple Crown by checking out our dedicated Kentucky Derby contenders page.
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