Kentucky Derby Odds 2019

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This Saturday, May 4 sees the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby take place in the awesome setting of Churchill Downs at Louisville, Kentucky.

Now that all the preps have been run and most of the talking is done, the draw has been made for post positions and the trainers of all 20 contenders are putting the finishing touches to their horses ready for post time.

With some strong juvenile form already in the bag and this year’s major prep races now all completed 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 and with prep runs only confusing the market this spring, it doesn’t appear that we will be blessed with another Triple Crown winner so soon.

The latest Kentucky Derby betting is listed below.



How the Kentucky Derby Betting Odds are Formulated

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.



 Major Kentucky Derby Prep Races

Dozens of races have 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 have all been run in the last few weeks.Here’s a look at who won the biggest prep races this year en route to the big one in Louisville:

  • Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, March 9th – Haikal
  • Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, March 9th – Tacitus
  • Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, March 23rd – By My Standards
  • Sunland Park Derby, Sunland Park, March 24th – Cutting Humor
  • UAE Derby, Meydan, March 30th – Plus Que Parfait
  • Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, March 30th – Maximum Security
  • Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, April 6th – Tacitus
  • Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 6th – Vekoma
  • Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita, April 6th – Roadster
  • Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, April 13th – Omaha Beach

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.



Current Kentucky Derby 2019 Odds

The fact that Breeders’ Cup Juvenile scorer Game Winner is still hanging on in there at the top of the market despite being beaten into second place in both his preps this spring tells us a lot; the market is confused and the preps have not thrown out a superstar like Justify in 2018.

Horse Post Position Morning Line Odds

Game Winner

15

9/2

Improbable

5

5/1

Roadster

16

5/1

Maximum Security

7

8/1

Tacitus

8

8/1

Code Of Honor

12

12/1

Win Win Win

13

12/1

War Of Will

1

15/1

By My Standards

3

15/1

Vekoma

6

15/1

Tax

2

20/1

Plus Que Parfait

9

30/1

Cutting Humor

10

30/1

Haikal

11

30/1

Long Range Toddy

17

30/1

Spinoff

18

30/1

Country House

19

30/1

Bodexpress

20

30/1

Gray Magician

4

50/1

Master Fencer

14

50/1

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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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