Kentucky Derby Betting Odds 2021

Below are the latest Kentucky Derby Future odds for the horses that are expected to run, the 2021 runners aren't yet confirmed, but we'll be sure to let you know as soon as they're confirmed. Updated on April 13, 2021:

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Essential Quality

4.00 4.25 4.00

 Concert Tour

 

5.00 5.00 5.00

 Hot Rod Charlies

 

12.00 12.50 12.00

 Bourbonic

 

12.00 12.00 12.75

 Medina Spirit

 

13.00 13.00 13.00

Dynamic One

16.00  16.00   16.00 

Like The King

20.00  20.00 20.00 
Essential Quality To win the Kentucky Derby 2021
4.00
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The 2021 Kentucky Derby will be run on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky. The race is one of the most important on the calendar and draws an audience from all over the world.

The first Kentucky Derby was run in 1875, and it has been run every year since making it one of the most famous horse racing events in the world. In 2020, Authentic won the Kentucky Derby, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez.

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Who are the top contenders in the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest horse racing meetings on the calendar for horse racing fans across the globe. There will be a lot of change between now and race day, so be aware that the odds for the runners will move and it’s worth checking back with us as often as possible!

Concert Tour (3.50) is trained by Bob Baffert, who has won the Kentucky Derby six times. He is undefeated in three starts so far through the Rebel Stakes (G2).

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Essential Quality (5.00) is the 2020 two-year-old champion. The Brad Cox trainee returned with a dominant victory in the Southwest Stakes (G3) and gamely won the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) as well.

Greatest Honour (7.50) is trained by Shug McGaughey. He won the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2), though needs to rebound from a third-place Florida Derby (G1) run.

Hot Rod Charlie (8.00) ran second behind Essential Quality in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) last year, and his sharp Louisiana Derby (G2) win proved the Doug O'Neill charge has trained on at age three.

Risk Taking (10.00) looked like trainer Chad Brown's top Derby prospect after a strong victory in the Gotham Stakes (G3), though he disappointed in the Wood Memorial (G2).

Rock Your World (25.00) won his first two starts on grass, but burst onto the Kentucky Derby scene when he took the Santa Anita Derby (G1) going gate to wire.

Known Agenda (33.00) took a while to develop for trainer Todd Pletcher, but he put it all together with a confident win in the Florida Derby (G1), and comes into the Kentucky Derby in top form.

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Who will win the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

As it stands, it’s Concert Tour who is pegged as the favourite though Essential Quality has never done a thing wrong and Known Agenda is a rising star. Who will get their hands on the $1.8 million prize money at the 2021 Derby?

Concert Tour To win the Kentucky Derby 2021
3.50
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What are the types of odds?

Horse racing has one of the broadest betting markets you’ll find at any online betting provider. It’s important to recognize there are a variety of different bets, which are worth playing in different circumstances.

But first, all bettors should be aware that there are three main types of betting odds displayed at online racebooks. These are American odds (+500), Fractional odds (5/1), and Decimal odds (6.00), which can all hold the same value but look quite different. So, be aware of which odds you’re working with!

Win odds

Simple win odds are available and are the most common form of bet, picking a win is the main punters bet you’ll come across at any racetrack.

Kentucky Derby Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta Wagering Odds

These may seem strange names for odds if you’re coming from a sportsbook, but these are commonplace wagers and very popular among racebook players. The bet relates to the order in which the horses place; the top two (exacta), three (trifecta) or four (superfecta).

Live odds

Live odds are dictated by the amount of money that goes into the win pool. So, if a bettor is looking to play “live odds” they will bet on the day of the race. It’s a frequent bet and sportsbooks support this type of wagering.

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 2021

There's nothing quite like Kentucky Derby betting, and the 2021 Run for the Roses on May 1st. Last year's field was particularly wide-open. When you look at the Kentucky Derby contenders, you talk about the Kentucky Derby Future betting and examine the scope of the famed first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, which is traditionally followed by the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. 

Kentucky Derby Past Champions

The Kentucky Derby has been running since 1875, with over a hundred winners over the years. The race is held on the first Saturday of May, capping a two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. It's a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of one and a quarter miles at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds. 

Last year the race was won by Authentic, in a time of 2:00:61. We've compiled a list of all previous winners back to the year 2000 for you below:

 Year   Horse    Jockey 

2020

Authentic

John Velazquez

2019

 Country House 

 Flavien Prat 

2018

Justify  Mike E. Smith 

2017

 Always Dreaming   John Velazquez 

2016

Nyquist Mario Gutierrez

2015

 American Pharoah  Victor Espinoza

2014

California Chrome Victor Espinoza

2013

Orb Joel Rosario

2012

I'll Have Another Mario Gutierrez

2011

Animal Kingdom John Velazquez

2010

Super Saver

Calvin Borel

2009

Mine That Bird

Calvin Borel

2008

Big Brown

 Kent Desormeaux 

2007

Street Sense

Calvin Borel

2006

Barbaro

Edgar Prado

2005

Giacomo

Mike E. Smith

2004

Smarty Jones

Stewart Elliot

2003

Funny Cide

Jose A. Santos

2002

War Emblem

Victor Espinoza

2001

Monarchos

Jorge F. Chavez

2000

Fusaichi Pegasus

Kent Desormeaux

Kentucky Derby Records

There have been numerous records set over the years, including speed records, winning margins, among many more. 

Speed record:

  • Mile and a Quarter: 1:59​2⁄5 – Secretariat (1973)
  • Mile and a Half: 2:34​1⁄2 – Spokane (1889)

Margin of Victory:

  • 8 lengths – Old Rosebud (1914), Johnstown (1939), Whirlaway (1941), Assault (1946)

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 5 – Eddie Arcaro (1938, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1952)
  • 5 – Bill Hartack (1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 6 – Ben A. Jones (1938, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952)
  • 6 – Bob Baffert (1997, 1998, 2002, 2015, 2018, 2020)

Most wins by an owner:

  • 8 – Calumet Farm (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958, 1968)

Longest shot to win the Derby:

  • 91 to 1 – Donerail (1913)

Kentucky Derby FAQ

  • The 2021 Kentucky Derby is set to take place on Saturday, May 1. Every year, the world-famous Kentucky Derby steals the spotlight and hosts countless celebrities. Whether stars of sports or film, it's usually a safe assumption that plenty of high-profile folks will make their way to Kentucky for the event. 

  • The 2021 Kentucky Derby will be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Churchill Downs has plenty of history, as it was first opened all the way back in 1875. It hosted the Kentucky Derby that year, and every year since.

  • In the United States, the Kentucky Derby is aired on NBC. In what many call the 'best two minutes in sports', you'll be able to hear an exciting call of the race via the commentators on NBC. It's truly a fun event to watch no matter where you are. 

  • Authentic won the 2020 Kentucky Derby. He was the sixth Kentucky Derby winner for his trainer Bob Baffert, who tied Ben Jones's record for most Kentucky Derby wins by a trainer in history. Authentic went on to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) as well.

  • The Kentucky Derby features a larger field than your average race of thoroughbreds, as 20 compete in the event. Usually, you'll see eight to ten horses square off in a race. However, you'll see twice as many in one of the greatest races of the year.

  • The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular sporting events in the United States every year. In 2019, more than 150,000 people made their way to Churchill Downs, and up to 170,000 people have attended. This year, due to COVID-19 requirements, around 20,000 to 30,000 fans are expected to attend in person.

  • The purse for the Kentucky Derby is actually quite impressive, as the winner earns $2 million. With it being one of the three Triple Crown races, it's easy to understand why there is so much at stake and why the payout is so large. 

  • The 2020 Kentucky Derby will be the first race in the 'Triple Crown' series. Following the Derby, the thoroughbreds then compete in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, followed by the Belmont Stakes in New York

  • The race distance for the Kentucky Derby is one and one-quarter miles long. A typical Kentucky Derby race will last right around two minutes. 

  • The early favourite to capture the glory at the Kentucky Derby is Concert Tour. However, oddsmakers are also high on Essential Quality, Greatest Honour, Hot Rod Charlie, Rock Your World, and Known Agenda to run well on the first Saturday in May.

  • Absolutely! Bettors can bet and even view the races from their own home without any difficulty. All they need is access to a device such as a computer, smartphone, tablet, or another device with internet access.

    Bettors then have access to two options; they can either access a sportsbook online and place bets that way or to download software from one of the oddsmakers onto their device and get instant betting access.

  • Smartphones with internet access allow users to visit sportsbook websites directly, which enables them to play the odds online.

    However, as advancements in technology have influenced the gambling industry we begin to see more and more sportsbooks offering downloadable betting software. So, betting via mobile is in fact one of the most common ways to bet.

  • With so many sportsbooks on offer, it can be a daunting task to find the right oddsmaker for betting on the King of Sports. However, as we mentioned before, we have a list of recommended providers. But in terms of some of the best for racing, BetUS, Bovada, and BetOnline are up there with the best.

  • There are always a variety of promotions available to bettors that offer free money and bets to players. The vast majority of racebooks offer a horse-racing rebate, which varies in value. The value is normally somewhere between 7-15% on your daily bet volume, win or lose, which is paid out every single day.

  • It’s not common for partners to stream events live, although it is something that companies are lobbying for regularly. However, closer to the event itself, it’s worth looking out and checking to see if any providers have made a deal to licence a streaming service.

  • Horse racing offers one of the broadest betting markets of them all. There are some simple bets and there are others which are far much more difficult to find success on. It’s important to pick a bet which you can be confident in and feel the payout and risk are balanced - at least to some degree! The following types of bets are common with horse racing fans:

    • Win
    • Place
    • Show
    • Quinella
    • Exacta
    • Trifecta
    • Superfecta
    • Double
    • Pick 3
    • Pick 4
    • Pick 5