First Look at Kentucky Derby Betting Odds

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

By Tom Wilkinson
BETCRIS Horse Racing Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 5 and it is expected that Justify will go off as the betting favorite. Justify is currently listed with odds of just over 3-1, while Bolt D’Oro is the second choice in the betting at odds of just over 5-1. It used to be that you never wanted to bet the Kentucky Derby favorite, but recently that has not been the case, as the favorite has won the Kentucky Derby the last five years. Let’s look at the latest Kentucky Derby odds and the top contenders.

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Kentucky Derby Odds at BetCris

Justify +365

Bolt D’Oro +545

Mendelssohn +625

Good Magic +685

Magnum Moon +825

Audible +885

Vino Rosso +1015

Solomini +2250

My Boy Jack +2250

Enticed +2550

Sporting Chance +3050

Noble Indy +4050

Flameaway +4250

Free Drop Billy +4550

Promises Fulfilled +6550

Bravazo +6050

Combatant +6050

Lone Sailor +6550

Instilled Regard +6050

Firenze Fire +8050

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2018 Kentucky Derby Horses

Justify is unbeaten and coming off a win in the Santa Anita Derby. Justify will be bucking history, as no horse has been unraced at 2-years old and won the Kentucky Derby since Apollo in 1882. Justify is trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith.

Bolt d’Oro finished behind Justify in the Santa Anita Derby. The horse is trained by Mike Ruis and ridden by Victor Espinoza.

Mendelssohn will be trying to make history for trainer Aidan O’Brien. No European shipper has ever won the Derby, but Mendelssohn was very impressive in winning the UAE Derby.

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Good Magic is the son of Curlin and the winner of the Blue Grass.

Magnum Moon comes into the Kentucky Derby unbeaten and off a win in the Arkansas Derby. The problem for Magnum Moon is the same one that Justify has and that is no unraced juvenile has won the Derby since 1882.

Audible won the Florida Derby and the Holy Bull but only one other New York-bred horse has won the Kentucky Derby and that was Funny Cide in 2003.

Vino Rosso is another Todd Pletcher trained horse and he is coming off a win in the Wood Memorial.

Solomini is trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Flavien Pat. The horse finished in the money in the Arkansas Derby.

My Boy Jack won his spot in the Derby by winning the Lexington Stakes. He is trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by Kent Desormeaux.

Enticed won the Gotham but was bumped by Vino Rosso and finished second in the Wood.

Sporting Chance is another horse trained by Lukas. He is coming off a fourth place finish in the Blue Grass.

Noble Indy is trained by Todd Pletcher and is coming off a win in the Louisiana Derby.

Flameaway won’t be getting as much attention as Justify or Mendelssohn, but he has the same sire in Scat Daddy. Flameaway finished second in the Tampa Bay Derby and the Blue Grass.

Promises Fulfilled is trained by Dale Romans and sired by Shackleford.

Bravazo won the Risen Star but then had a weird trip in the Louisiana Derby where he finished 8th. The horse is trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

Free Drop Billy is another horse trained by Romans and he has finished in the money in his last three preps.

Combatant is a late entry into the Kentucky Derby after a couple of horses pulled out. The horse is another who has Scat Daddy as his sire.

Lone Sailor finished second in the Louisiana Derby for trainer Tom Amoss.

Instilled Regard is another late entry into the Kentucky Derby. The horse finished fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

Firenze Fire is coming off a fourth place finish in the Wood for trainer Jason Servis.

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