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2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Preview

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will go down on Saturday, May 5th at Churchill Downs Racetrack located in Louisville, Kentucky. Here is a list of the top, current contenders and their 2018 Kentucky Derby futures odds:

Rank Horse Trainer Points Odds
1 Magnum Moon Todd Pletcher 150 8/1
2 Good Magic Chad Brown 134 11/1
3 Audible Todd Pletcher 110 5/1
4 Noble Indy Todd Pletcher 110 20/1
5 Vino Rosso Todd Pletcher 107 16/1
6 Bolt d'Oro Mick Ruis 104 9/1
7 Enticed Kiaran McLaughlin 103 25/1
8 Mendelssohn Aidan O'Brien 100 4/1
9 Justify Bob Baffert 100 4/1
10 Quip Rodolphe Brisset 90 40/1
11 Flameaway Mark Casse 70 33/1
12 Solomini Bob Baffert 54 22/1
13 Bravazo D. Wayne Lukas 54 50/1
14 My Boy Jack Keith Desormeaux 52 20/1
15 Promises Fulfilled Dale Romans 52 33/1
16 Free Drop Billy Dale Romans 44 33/1
17 Lone Sailor Tom Amoss 42 40/1
18 Hofburg Bill Mott 40 20/1
19 Firenze Fire Jason Servis 39 40/1
20 Combatant Steve Asmussen 32 50/1

*Odds in table as of April 17, 2018

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2018 Kentucky Derby Odds and Top Contenders

We’ve reached the end of the Road to the Kentucky Derby. My Boy Jack wrapped things up with a victory at the Lexington Stakes on April 14. That performance propelled him up to No. 14 on the Leaderboard with 52 points – well within eligibility range.

Now that the 35 prep races are complete, the 18 American horses with the most points will be invited to Churchill Downs for May 5. One spot is reserved for the European horse with the most points, while another spot is reserved for the Japanese horse with the most points. Declined invitations create opportunities for lower-ranked horses to join, which provides opportunities for people who like to bet on Kentucky Derby long shots.

Although the field hasn’t been finalized, five contenders are on top of the Kentucky Derby 2018 odds board, and they’re all very likely to run for the roses. Check out their racing histories and Kentucky Derby betting odds below.


Justify, Trained by Bob Baffert - 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: 4/1

Justify made a name for himself when he won the Santa Anita Derby by three lengths. That grade 1 Kentucky Derby prep race was significant for two reasons. One, he beat Bolt D’Oro. In March, Bolt D’Oro was the favourite on the Kentucky Derby betting lines. Two, Justify recorded the fastest Beyer Speed (107) of active three-year old male and female horses at that race.

Justify’s incredible speed has resulted in an undefeated record thus far, but it only goes as far back as February. His delayed start means he’ll be up against the odds. The last Kentucky Derby winner who hadn’t raced as a two-year-old was Apollo in 1882. But if anyone can turn an unraced two-year-old into a Kentucky Derby winner, it’s Bob Baffert. The Hall of Fame trainer has produced four Kentucky Derby winners.  


Mendelssohn, Trained by Aidan O’Brien - 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: 4/1

Mendelssohn shook the world when he won the Grade 2 UAE Derby at Meydan Race Course in March. In the colt’s first dirt race, he won by an astounding 18½ lengths while also breaking the track-record time. Taking the lead from the start, Mendelssohn seemed to have unlimited reserves of power.

Despite doing most of his racing in Europe, Mendelssohn has competed on American soil before. He won the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf by a length, so he’s not thrown off by the long distance travel. Trainer Aidan O’Brien hasn’t committed him to the Kentucky Derby yet.


Audible, Trained by Todd Pletcher - 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: 5/1

Audible is one of the more balanced contenders at the top of the Kentucky Derby futures market. Since breaking his maiden in November, he’s won two graded stakes: the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes in February and the Florida Derby in March. In recent years, the Florida Derby has been a great indicator of success at the Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming won the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby in 2017, and Nyquist did the same in 2016.

Varied track experience also looks favourably on Audible. He’s competed at three different tracks, including Gulfstream, Aqueduct and Belmont. Will Churchill Downs be the next victory track on his resume? If you think so, his odds for Kentucky Derby glory are 5/1.


Magnum Moon, Trained by Todd Pletcher - 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: 8/1

Magnum Moon is another Kentucky Derby contender who was unraced as a two-year-old. Like Justify, he is undefeated. But Magnum Moon comes with a bit more experience: he has four races under his belt instead of three. Two of those races were graded races and include the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. All this has happened in a span of three months.

The extra experience has translated into a lot of points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, where Magnum Moon is on top of the Leaderboard with 150 points. Pletcher has already shared his plans to enter the son of Malibu Moon into the Kentucky Derby.


Bolt D’Oro, Trained by Mick Ruis - 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: 9/1

Trained by Mick Ruis, Bolt D’Oro is one of the most experienced Thoroughbreds entering the Kentucky Derby. He broke his maiden last August and has competed in five races since, including four grade 1 events. He won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity, the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes, and finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. In early March, Bolt D’Oro was the favourite to win the Kentucky Derby. 

Check back for fresh odds and updates for Kentucky Derby betting as we approach May 5. Post positions have a big impact on the odds on the Kentucky Derby, as the field comprises 20 Thoroughbreds – more than any other race on the Triple Crown trail. Posts for the 2018 Kentucky Derby contenders will be drawn on Wednesday, May 2.


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Kentucky Derby FAQ

Get ready for the fastest two minutes in sports. On May 5, 20 horses will blast through the 1¼ mile track at Churchill Downs in the biggest horse race in North America: The Kentucky Derby. Over 100,000 people will be attending the event, and millions will be tuned in to the televised broadcast. We’ve compiled all the event details in this FAQ to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action.

1. What is the Kentucky Derby?


The Kentucky Derby is an annual 1¼ mile dirt race contested by up to 20 horses. The horses can be male or female, and must be three-years-old. Churchill Downs was constructed in order to host the event under the direction of Meriwether Lewis Clark, who had been inspired by the horse racing ventures of Europe. The first Kentucky Derby took place in 1875 and offered a purse of $2,850. It’s been run annually ever since, and now offers $2 million that’s distributed between the top five finishers. This year is the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

2. When is the Kentucky Derby?


Every year, the Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday of May. This year, it’s set for Saturday, May 5. Although festivities will be happening a full week leading up to the Derby, and the Kentucky Oaks happens the day before (May 4), the Kentucky Derby race is only two minutes, starting at 6:46 PM ET on the Saturday.

3. Where is the Kentucky Derby?


Churchill Downs continues to be the site of the Kentucky Derby since its inception in 1875. The park, recognizable by its twin spires, is located in South Louisville in Kentucky. There are two tracks at Churchill Downs, a main dirt track and a turf track; the Kentucky Derby is held on the main dirt track.

4. What time is the Kentucky Derby?


Keep an eye on the clock because the Kentucky Derby is only two minutes long. Horses will be at their posts at 6:34 PM ET on May 5, and the start time is 6:46 PM ET. Right after the race, a garland of roses is draped around the winner, and the Kentucky Derby trophy is presented.

5. Where Can I Watch the Kentucky Derby?


The event will be captured on NBC Sports from 2:30 PM ET to 7:20 PM ET. If streaming is your preference, bookmark, where you can watch from your computer in real time. You can also use the NBC Sports Live Extra app to watch the event; this app is available in Google Play, iTunes, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Another option for live streaming is Tickets for the event at Churchill Downs are still available at Ticketmaster through the Kentucky Derby website.

6. Kentucky Derby Facts


The Kentucky Derby attracts the fastest Thoroughbreds from around the world. In 1973, Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby in record-breaking time: 1:​59 25. Not only did he go on to win the Triple Crown, he broke records in all three legs. None of the other 142 other Kentucky Derby winners have been able to match Secretariat’s incredible speed, but Monarchos came close in 2001. The John Ward Jr.-trained colt shot from 13th to first in the stretch, clocking a total time 1:59 4/5. 

Although most of the Kentucky Derby contestants are colts, fillies are allowed to enter. Most fillies race in the Kentucky Oaks, the biggest race of three-year-old female horses in North America, and that’s scheduled the day before the Kentucky Derby. But some fillies are fast enough to skip the Oaks in favour of the Derby. Three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby before: Regret in 1915, Genuine Risk in 1980, and Winning Colors in 1988. Winning Colors had a frontrunning style that served her well. Right from the start, she shot to the front of the pack of a stacked field in the 1988 Derby; a colt with a strong closing style, Forty Niner, dueled her in the stretch, but she held her pace and won by a head. Winning Colors was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Champion Thoroughbred Racehorses in 2000.

The horses are only part of the festive event in Louisville. Come Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs, the grandstands fill with spectators donning the latest spring fashions. If you plan on making the trip to Louisville, make sure to dress your finest. For women, the sun hat is a core component of Kentucky Derby style, which pulls inspiration from southern belle fashions. Men often wear suits with pastel colours and adventurous prints. Many celebrities are spotted walking the red carpet at Churchill Downs.

If the style isn’t for you, consider taking part in the customary Kentucky Derby beverage: the iconic Mint Julep. Roughly 120,000 Mint Juleps are consumed at the two-day event, which includes both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks on May 4. This drink is a must-have whether you’re going to Churchill Downs or watching the broadcast live on NBC. If you’re watching from home, pour some bourbon (Old Forester Bourbon Whisky if you want to be exact) on ice water with muddled mint. Add some simple syrup if you like your cocktails on the sweeter side.

Once you’ve got your Mint Julep in hand, it’s time to watch the action. Will we see another favourite dominate the field like last year’s winner, Always Dreaming, did? Or perhaps it’s time for another long shot to pull an upset. The last big upset happened in 2009 with Mine That Bird – a 50/1 long shot, who rallied in the stretch to beat the leader by 6 ¾ lengths. Whatever the result, the race is always thrilling. With May 5 just around the corner, we can almost hear the hoofs pounding against the dirt track.

*Odds as of April 17, 2018