Kentucky Derby Odds 2019

146th Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 2, 2020. Once the contenders are determined, and prices are posted, watch for full coverage of betting options for the next Run For the Roses. We are horse wagering specialists!

2019 Kentucky Derby odds feature some of the best wagering value in recent memory and will establish itself as one of the most important horse races in North America. Prep races failed to show a dominant horse, but the public is buying heavy on runners Hall of Fame Trainer Bob Baffert is sending to post.

Race Day Update 04/05/19: The Run For The Roses will go on a sloppy track as thunderstorms and rain will fall on Churchill Downs today. Improbable, War of Will and By My Standards have run well on wet tracks recently. This is a trip never taken by favorites Game Winner and Roadster who have not raced on off tracks. Bet close to Post Time online today - After viewing the Post Parade.

145th Kentucky Derby Post Time: A field of 19 horses, in Race #12 at Churchill Downs, burst from the starting gate at 6:50 PM EDT.

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Kentucky Derby 2019 Recap: For the first time in 145 years - the lead horse across the wire did not win the Kentucky Derby. Following a long 20-minute review, it was determined that Maximum Security impeded War of Will on the final turn. Maximum Security's move also appeared to force 66-1 longshot County House into a wider turn as the muddy runners were headed for home.

Maximum Security was disqualified and second runner Country House was declared the winner. Code of Honor placed second and Tacitus finished third. The 145th Kentucky Derby produced enormous winning ticketsFull finish results and closing odds are below. Stay tuned for news and odds on the second Triple Crown race, the 144th Preakness Stakes, which runs on May 18, 2019.

  • Country House: Win $132.40 Place $56.60 Show $24.60
  • Code of Honor: Place $15.20 Show $9.80
  • Tacitus: Show $ 5.60
  • $2 Exacta (20 + 13) $3,009.60
  • $1 Trifecta (20 + 13 + 8) $11,475.30
  • $1 Superfecta (20 + 13 + 8 + 5) $51,400.10
Finish - Horse - Post Postion Bet365 BetWay Bodog
1st - Country House #20  +5000 +5000 +4000
2nd - Code Of Honor #13  +1400 +1200 +1400
3rd - Tacitus #8  +800 +800 +650
4th - Improbable #5  +450 +500 +500
5th - Game Winner #16  +450 +450
6th - Master Fencer #15  +6600 +6600 +6600
7th - War Of Will #1  +1600 +1600 +1800
8th - Plus Que Parfait #9  +3300 +3300 +3300
9th - Win Win Win #14  +2000 +2000 +1600
10th - Cutting Humor #10  +2800 +2500 +2800
11th - By My Standards #3  +2000 +2000 +1600
12th - Vekemo #6  +1400 +1200 +2000
13th - Bodexpress #21  +3300 +3300 +2800
14th - Tax #2  +2500 +2500 +2500
15th - Roadster #17  +550 +600 +450
16th - Long Range Toddy #18  +5000 +5000 +4000
17th - Maximum Security #7  +900 +900 +700
18th - Spinoff #19  +2500 +2500 +3300
19th - Gray Magician #4  +6600 +6600 +5000
SCR - Haikal #11 SCR SCR SCR
SCR - Omaha Beach #12 SCR SCR SCR
There's nothing quite like Kentucky Derby betting, and with the 2019 Run for the Roses quickly approaching, on May 4, 2019, this year's field is particularly wide-open. Let's meet the Kentucky Derby contenders, talk Kentucky Derby Future betting and examine the scope of the famed first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, which is always followed by The Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
You can always check the latest Belmont Stakes odds and the latest Preakness Stakes odds in our dedicated pages for these races.
With 21 horses signed on to contest the Derby, barring late scratches, bettors put themselves in the proverbial catbird's seat to take advantage of healthy odds. Even in the case of bona fide superstars such as American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2019), both colts entered the gate in Louisville at around 5/2 (+250). 

Odds to Win the Kentucky Derby

We should get some very square prices by waiting until the first Saturday in May (race day), but the future odds currently being offered at some of the top online racebooks are too juicy to pass up. Shop for the best Kentucky Derby prices!

Bob Baffert has Roadster, Game Winner and Improbable all vying for top chalk at Bodog. Baffert is looking to match Ben A. Jones for the most Kentucky Derby victories (six) by a trainer.

Kentucky Derby Predictions

There's just so much to take advantage of here.

Let's begin with Baffert's trifecta of questionable favorites. Game Winner, last year's 2 Year-Old Champion, appears to be one that hasn't quite progressed in his sophomore season. He was beaten on the square in both the Grade 1 Rebel and Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, and while he ran second in both, it's hard to see any rational reason why he'd be favored in the Kentucky Derby in the future's market or on race day. 

Then there's Improbable, who was second in the Arkansas Derby to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. I bet that he would finish top three in Arkansas, but running in the Kentucky Derby as top chalk? Let's just say that's improbable. 

Roadster is the remaining Baffert favorite in question. I like Roadster better than the other two and thought his Santa Anita Derby win over stablemate Game Winner was solid. However, he hardly looks like the best horse in Kentucky. Roadster wouldn't be so high priced if not for his high-profile trainer. 

So who do I like in the 2019 Kentucky Derby? 

Glad you asked. Tacitus (+800) should be the favorite in my estimation. He represents fair value at this price and looked visually impressive winning the Grade 1 Wood Memorial after winning the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby in record time. He will be my top pick, but I'll go looking for some value plays as well. 

To win the Kentucky Derby Odds

Tax is one of six runners Bodog lists at +2500 and he ran a game second to Tacitus in the Wood. His grinding style should play well at the 1 1/4-mile distance of the Derby, and if you love Tacitus, Tax is another logical choice. 

Derby trifecta and superfecta wagers always pay huge. I will be teeing up on both of opportunities, using horses like Win Win Win (+2500) Tax (+2500) Plus Que Parfait (+3300). With Tacitus on top, I will add some others "underneath" in the second, third and fourth positions on the tri and super wagers. 

What are the types of Kentucky Derby Odds

Let's go through some of the more interesting Kentucky Derby odds.

Kentucky Derby Picks

Kentucky Derby Live Odds

Not betting in the future pool listed above means waiting until race day and betting with "live odds" dicatated by the amount of money being bet in the win pool. There's certainly nothing wrong with this approach and sportsbooks support this type of wagering. 

Kentucky Derby Multirace Exotics

The double, the Pick 3, Pick 4, Pick 5, and Pick 6 all involve picking the winners of consecutive races. Using multiple combinations is the strategic way to place these kinds of bets. 

Kentucky Derby Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta Wagering Odds

These commonplace wagers are extremely popular on Kentucky Derby day and involve picking the order of finish among the top two (exacta), three (trifecta) or four (superfecta) finishers. 

Now that you learned how to bet, it is time to place your wager in your favourite sportsbook.

How does the Kentucky Derby work

The Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs, is a unique American horse racing experience.

Limited to 20 of the top three year-olds in the country (established by a qualifying points system earned in prep races), the race has widespread appeal. It even attracks attention, and wagering dollars, of those fancy hat wearing folks who may not watch or wager on another race all year.

The race is the longest running sporting event in the United States, with the first Derby run in 1875. Over 150,000 flood Churchill Downs each year to watch the race live and it has a massive television following. The Kentucky Derby is contested at 1 1/4-miles and will be run for a purse of $3 million in 2019. 

Kentucky Derby All-time Champions

The Kentucky Derby has a way of immortalizing its winners, and with that many of the most notable horses in American racing history have worn the roses. In 2018, Justify won it (#7 pictured below).

Kentucky Derby Justify

Thirteen Derby winners have gone on to win the trio of races that comprise the American Triple Crown - the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Until American Pharoah's heroics in 2015, no horse had won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Justify would go on to win the Triple Crown in 2018, joining racing legends such as War Admiral (1937), Secretariat (1973), and Seattle Slew (1978). 

Each Derby winner is special in his own right and sometimes her own right. Three fillies have managed to beat the boys in the race's 144-year history entering 2019: Regret (1915), Genuine Risk (1980), and Winning Colors (1988). 

Secretariat holds the fastest winning time in Kentucky Derby history, stopping the clock in 1:59 2/5. Secretariat also holds the fastest times for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. 

Have a look all of the Kentucky Derby Champions:

Year Kentucky Derby Winning Horse
2019 Country House (DQ - Maximum Security)
2018 Justify (Triple Crown Winner)
2017 Always Dreaming
2016 Nyquist
2015 American Pharaoh (Triple Crown Winner)
2014 California Chrome
2013 Orb
2012 I'll Have Another
2011 Animal Kingdom
2010 Super Saver
2009 Mind That Bird
2008 Big Brown
2007 Street Sense
2006 Barbaro
2005 Giacomo
2004 Smarty Jones
2003 Funny Cide
2002 War Emblem
2001 Monarchos
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus
1999 Charismatic
1998 Real Quiet
1997 Silver Charm
1996 Grindstone
1995 Thunder Gulch
1994 Go For Gin
1993 Sea Hero
1992 Lil E. Tee
1991 Strike The Gold
1990 Unbridled
1989 Sunday Silence
1988 Winning Colors (Filly)
1987 Alysheba
1986 Ferdinand
1985 Spend A Buck
1984 Swale
1983 Sunny's Halo
1982 Gato Del Sol
1981 Pleasant Colony
1980 Genuine Risk (Filly)
1979 Spectacular Bid
1978 Affirmed (Triple Crown Winner)
1977 Seattle Slew (Triple Crown Winner)
1976 Bold Forbes
1975 Foolish Pleasure
1974 Cannonade
1973 Secretariat (Triple Crown Winner)
1972 Riva Ridge
1971 Canonero II
1970 Dust Commander
1969 Majestic Prince
1968 Forward Pass
1967 Proud Clarion
1966 Kauai King
1965 Lucky Debonair
1964 Northern Dancer
1963 Chateaugay
1962 Decidedly
1961 Carry Back
1960 Venetian Way
1959 Tomy Lee
1958 Tim Tam
1957 Iron Liege
1956 Needles
1955 Swaps
1954 Determine
1953 Dark Star
1952 Hill Gail
1951 Count Turf
1950 Middleground
1949 Ponder
1948 Citation (Triple Crown Winner)
1947 Jet Pilot
1946 Assault (Triple Crown Winner)
1945 Hope Jr.
1944 Pensive
1943 Count Fleet (Triple Crown Winner)
1942 Shut Out
1941 Whirlaway (Triple Crown Winner)
1940 Gallahadion
1939 Johnstown
1938 Lawrin
1937 War Admiral (Triple Crown Winner)
1936 Bold Venture
1935 Omaha (Triple Crown Winner)
1934 Cavalcade
1933 Brokers Tip
1932 Burgoo King
1931 Twenty Grand
1930 Gallant Fox (Triple Crown Winner)
1929 Clyde Van Dusen
1928 Reigh Count
1927 Whiskery
1926 Bubbling Over
1925 Flying Ebony
1924 Black Gold
1923 Zev
1922 Morvich
1921 Behave Yourself
1920 Paul Jones
1919 Sir Barton (Triple Crown Winner)
1918 Exterminator
1917 Omar Khayyam
1916 George Smith
1915 Regret (Filly)
1914 Old Rosebud
1913 Donerail
1912 Worth
1911 Meridian
1910 Donau
1909 Wintergreen
1908 Stone Street
1907 Pink Star
1906 Sir Huon
1905 Agile
1904 Elwood
1903 Judge Himes
1902 Alan-a-Dale/td>
1901 His Eminence
1900 Lieutenant Gibson
1899 Manuel
1898 Plaudit
1897 Typhoon II
1896 Ben Brush
1895 Halma
1894 Chant
1893 Lookout
1892 Azra
1891 Kingman
1890 Riley
1889 Spokane
1888 Macbeth II
1887 Montrose
1886 Ben Ali
1885 Joe Cotton
1884 Buchanan
1883 Leonatus
1882 Apollo
1881 Hindoo
1880 Fonso
1879 Lord Murphy
1878 Day Star
1877 Baden-Baden
1876 Vagrant
1875 Aristides