Kentucky Derby Odds 2019

Kentucky Derby Odds 2019

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. The prep races have done little to show a dominant horse, and the public seems intent on overbetting anything Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sends to post. From Bodog, odds were updated on April 15, 2019.

Kentucky Derby Odds
Roadster +500
Game Winner +600
Omaha Beach +600
Improbable +800
Maximum Security +1000
Tacitus +1200
Vekoma +1200
Code Of Honor +1400
Cutting Humor +2000
Bourbon War +2200
War Of Will +2200
Win Win Win +2200
Anothertwistoffate +2500
By My Standards +2500
Haikal +2500
Plus Que Parfait +2500
Tax +2500
Bodexpress +2800
Country House +3300
Long Range Toddy +3300
Spinoff +3300
Signalman +4000
Master Fencer +6600
Sueno +6600


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.

With 20 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 just too juicy to pass up.

At Bodog, a trio of Baffert trainees - Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster - are listed as equal +700 favorites, a tribute to just how lost the general public appears to be.

Kentucky Derby Predictions

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

Let's begin with Baffert's trifecta of undeserving 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 must run first or second in the April 13 Arkansas Derby to even qualify for the Kentucky Derby. I'm betting he does just that, but favoritism? Let's just say that's improbable. 

That leaves Roadster as the remaining Baffert favorite to shoot down. I like Roadster better than the other two and thought his Santa Anita Derby win over stablemate Game Winner was good enough, but this hardly looks like the best horse of the bunch, and surely wouldn't be so overvalued if not for his high-profile trainer. 

So who do I like in the 2019 Kentucky Derby? 

Glad you asked. Tacitus (+1200) should actually be the favorite in my estimation. He represents pretty 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. 

Tacitus To win the Kentucky Derby Odds

Tax is one of a slew of 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. 

In other thoughts, Derby trifecta and superfecta wagers always pay huge. I'll be teeing it up on both of these opportunities, using horses like Win Win Win (+2200), Tax (+2500), Plus Que Parfait (+2500) and likely some others "underneath" in the second, third and fourth positions of the tri and super wagers with Tacitus on top. 

What are the types of Kentucky Derby Odds

Let's go through some of the most 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 is a unique American 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, even attracting the attention and wagering dollars of folks who may not watch or bet 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 (picture below).

Kentucky Derby Justify

Thirteen Derby winners have gone on to win the Preakness and Belmont Stakes - the trio of races that comprise the American Triple Crown. 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 the likes of 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 at the latest champions.

  • 2018 - Justify
  • 2017 - Always Dreaming
  • 2016 - Nyquist
  • 2015 - American Pharaoh
  • 2014 - California Chrome
  • 2013 - Orb
  • 2012 - I’ll Have Another
  • 2011 - Animal Kingdom
  • 2010 - Super Savier