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.
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 tickets. Full 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|
|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|
- 01Odds to Win the Kentucky Derby
- 02Kentucky Derby Predictions
- 03What are the types of Kentucky Derby Odds
- 04How does the Kentucky Derby work
- 05Kentucky Derby All-time Champions
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.
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 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.
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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).
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)|
|2015||American Pharaoh (Triple Crown Winner)|
|2012||I'll Have Another|
|2009||Mind That Bird|
|1994||Go For Gin|
|1992||Lil E. Tee|
|1991||Strike The Gold|
|1988||Winning Colors (Filly)|
|1985||Spend A Buck|
|1982||Gato Del Sol|
|1980||Genuine Risk (Filly)|
|1978||Affirmed (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1977||Seattle Slew (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1973||Secretariat (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1948||Citation (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1946||Assault (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1943||Count Fleet (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1941||Whirlaway (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1937||War Admiral (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1935||Omaha (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1930||Gallant Fox (Triple Crown Winner)|
|1929||Clyde Van Dusen|
|1919||Sir Barton (Triple Crown Winner)|