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2018 Kentucky Derby Odds: The Early Contenders

The 144th Kentucky Derby will take place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, May 5th. Here is a look at the early contenders, along with their current rank and points in "The Road to the 2018 Kentucky Derby" leaderboard, and their 2018 Kentucky Derby 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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Kentucky Derby Betting Odds and Contenders

This is shaping up to be one of the most competitive Kentucky Derby fields in recent history. There are no rock-star horses this year, no obvious favorites like American Pharoah or California Chrome. But there are six talented thoroughbreds on the list of 2018 Kentucky Derby contenders. Here’s how they stack up at press time:

Justify (4/1)

This Bob Baffert-trained colt has only one graded stakes race under his saddle, but it was a big one: He took down the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 7, beating Bolt d’Oro – another contender on the Kentucky Derby betting lines – by three lengths. Justify will attempt to become just the second horse to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year-old; Apollo was the first, way back in 1882.

Mendelssohn (9/2)

Before Justify’s win at Santa Anita, Mendelssohn was briefly on top of the 2018 Kentucky Derby odds board, thanks to his impressive victory at the G2 UAE Derby on March 31. This is the most experienced of the favorites at Churchill Downs, bred in Kentucky but raced overseas under trainer Aidan O’Brien. His last three races were wins on dirt, turf and synthetic tracks, including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Del Mar.

Audible (11/2)

The first of two Todd Pletcher-trained horses in the Kentucky Derby betting lead, Audible is looking sharp after doubling up at Gulfstream Park, winning both the G2 Holy Bull Stakes on February 3 and the G1 Florida Derby on March 31. This was after taking down a pair of one-mile races at Aqueduct as a 2-year old. Does he have the stamina to handle the 1-1/4 miles at Churchill Downs? Maybe not; sire Into Mischief has yet to produce a graded stakes winner at longer than nine furlongs.

Magnum Moon (8/1)

No worries about stamina with Pletcher’s next horse on the Kentucky Derby 2018 odds list. Magnum Moon, also unraced as a 2-year-old, is the product of Malibu Moon, who sired 2013 Derby winner Orb. Magnum Moon is undefeated at 4-0 following victories at the G2 Rebel Stakes on March 17 and the G1 Arkansas Derby on March 14, both at Oaklawn Park. Those wins leave Magnum Moon at the top of the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings heading into Churchill Downs.

Bolt d’Oro (10/1)

One of the early favorites on the Kentucky Derby betting odds, this year’s prep races have been somewhat troubling for both horse and trainer Mick Ruis. Bolt d’Oro won the G2 San Felipe Stakes on March 10, but only after McKinzie was relegated to second for drifting. Then Bolt d’Oro finished second behind Justify at Santa Anita. Jockey Javier Castellano has decided to ride Audible at the Kentucky Derby, leaving Bolt d’Oro for Victor Espinoza, who piloted both American Pharoah and California Chrome to victory in five of their six Triple Crown races.

Good Magic (12/1)

This is the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion, a race that saw Bolt d’Oro finish third, and his odds for Kentucky Derby glory have improved after winning the G2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 7. Good Magic is trained by Chad Brown, and was sired by the amazing Curlin, who won the 2007 Preakness Stakes and finished on the podium at both the Kentucky Derby (third) and the Belmont Stakes (second). But there will be some doubters after Good Magic came in third at the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 3, behind Promises Fulfilled and Strike Power.

Other Kentucky Derby Contenders

While these six horses deserve their spot at the front of the pack, they’re not the only ones who claimed victory on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Vino Rosso (16/1) shocked the horse racing world with his breakthrough win at the G2 Wood Memorial on April 7, and Noble Indy (20/1) took down the G2 Louisiana Derby on March 24, giving Pletcher two more quality horses with viable odds on the Kentucky Derby dance card.

If you prefer to bet on Kentucky Derby dark horses, watch out for Solomini, yet another product of Curlin, who’s available at 22/1 after podium finishes in all six career races – but only the one victory at his maiden. However, losing twice to Magnum Moon at Oaklawn Park could leave the Baffert-trained colt as a better choice for filling out trifectas and superfectas. Stay tuned for ongoing analysis and fresh odds on the Kentucky Derby as we get closer to the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.


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Kentucky Derby Betting: Everything You Need to Know

Are you ready for the Fastest Two Minutes in Sports? The 144th Kentucky Derby will be one of the most important days on the sports betting calendar; millions of people will be cheering on their favorites – and hoping to cash in a winning ticket or two. Here are the questions we get asked the most about the Run for the Roses, along with some fun facts to impress your friends and help you pick a winner.

1. What Is the Kentucky Derby?


The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race of them all. First run in 1875, the Derby is open to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds. A field of up to 20 horses will run a distance of 1 1/4 miles; the male horses (colts and geldings) will carry 126 pounds each, including the jockey, while the female horses (fillies) will carry 121 pounds. The Derby is a Grade I Stakes race, the highest of the three grades awarded by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. As a stakes race, the owners of the participating horses will pay an entry fee that will go into the seven-figure prize pool.

Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr. was the driving force behind the creation of the Kentucky Derby. Clark was a Kentucky native, and the grandson of William Clark from the 1804-06 Lewis and Clark Expedition. He was also a horse racing fan, often making trips to Europe to watch the famed Epsom Derby; Clark used that race as a template to form the Kentucky Derby. His creation was an instant success, and by the early 1900s, the Kentucky Derby was the top race for three-year-olds in North America.

2. When Is the 2018 Kentucky Derby?


The Kentucky Derby is traditionally run on the first Saturday in May; this year’s Derby will be on May 5, 2018.

3. Where Is the 2018 Kentucky Derby?


The 2018 Kentucky Derby will be held at the Churchill Downs racecourse in Louisville, Kentucky. This famous track has been home to the Derby since the very beginning. As part of his master plan, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey Club to help raise money to build the track, while John and Henry Churchill provided the land. The new facility, which would eventually be named Churchill Downs in 1937, opened on May 17, 1875, and the first Kentucky Derby was held that very day. Churchill Downs Incorporated are the current owners and operators.

4. What Time Is the 2018 Kentucky Derby?


Post time for the 2018 Kentucky Derby is 6:34 PM ET. The race will start 12 minutes after the post time. The gates for people attending the Derby will open at 8 AM.

5. Where Can I Watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby?


If you can’t be at Churchill Downs in person, NBC will provide television coverage beginning at 5 PM ET. NBCSN will also have three hours of coverage starting at noon, previewing the Derby and showing some of the races on the undercard.

6. Kentucky Derby Facts



- The Kentucky Derby is the first of three races in the US Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

- The first Kentucky Derby in 1875 was won by Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis and trained by Ansel Williamson, both African-Americans – as was common at the time.

- The original length of the Kentucky Derby was 1 1/2 miles around the dirt track, based on the Epsom Derby. The race was shortened to 1 1/4 miles in 1896.

- Secretariat, the 1973 winner and arguably the greatest racehorse of all-time (some say Man o’ War), holds the Kentucky Derby record at 1:59 25.

- Two jockeys are tied for the lifetime record with five wins at the Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack. Ben A. Jones holds the record for trainers with six Derby wins; Calumet Farm, based in Lexington, Kentucky, holds the owner’s record with eight wins.

- The record for margin of victory at the Kentucky Derby is eight lengths, and is shared by four horses: Old Rosebud (1914), Johnstown (1939), Whirlaway (1941) and Assault (1946).

- The longest shot to win the Kentucky Derby was Donerail (1913), who went off at 91/1 and paid $184.90 for a $2 bet.

- Three fillies have won the Kentucky Derby: Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980) and Winning Colors (1988).

- Twelve horses have completed the Triple Crown. Sir Barton was the first in 1919, and American Pharoah was the most recent in 2015.

- The Kentucky Derby is the only Triple Crown race that has been run every year since its inception. The Preakness was not held from 1891-93, and the Belmont was not held in 1911 and 1912.

- Eddie Arcaro is the only jockey to win multiple Triple Crowns, riding Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948.

- Apollo (1882) is the only Derby winner who didn’t compete as a two-year-old before making the trip to Churchill Downs.

- Since the starting gate was first used in 1930, a record eight horses have won the Kentucky Derby from post position 1, but none since Ferdinand in 1986.

- No horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby from post position 17 – although that’s largely due to the increase in field size over the years.

- Dancer’s Image, who crossed the finish line first in 1968, is the only winner ever to be disqualified, after traces of phenylbutazone (now legal in Kentucky) were found in his system. Forward Pass was promoted from second to first.

- Nineteen stallions have produced multiple Kentucky Derby winners. Four of those horses sired three champions: Virgil, Falsetto, Sir Galahad III, and Bull Lea, none of whom won the Derby themselves.

- Northern Dancer (1964) is considered the most successful sire among the Kentucky Derby winners. Of the 645 foals the Canadian-bred stallion produced, 147 went on to win graded stakes races – but again, no Derby champions.

- No Kentucky Derby is complete without the Mint Julep, the official drink of the big race. Muddle four spearmint leaves in a highball glass with two teaspoons of water and one teaspoon of powdered sugar, fill with cracked ice, add two ounces of bourbon, stir well, and garnish with a sprig of mint.

*Odds as of April 17, 2018