Kentucky Derby Odds


Kentucky Derby Odds

Kentucky Derby Odds

Kentucky Derby Odds

The Triple Crown of thoroughbred racing gets underway each year with the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. It’s the biggest race in North America and Bodog is without doubt the home of the best Kentucky Derby odds around.

The race has been around for almost 150 years now and has hosted some of the greatest horses known to the sport.

Kentucky Derby 2023 Odds

Forte is the one to beat this year and with odds of +325, it seems the bookies think the Todd Pletcher trained horse might take some stopping. With six wins from seven starts, including two from two so far this year, it isn’t difficult to see why Forte is top of the Kentucky Derby betting.

Forte isn’t the only contender that Pletcher has running in the May event, with second favourite Tapit Trice (+600) also part of his stable and managing three wins from three so far this year. Outside of the Pletcher horses, Tim Yakteen boasts Practical Move (+800) with two wins already this season in Santa Anita.

Could a big outsider spoil the party? Arctic Arrogance, King Russell and Wild On Ice are all available at +1,000 at the time of writing if you fancy some hefty Kentucky Derby odds. Stranger things have happened at Bodog!

How to Bet on Kentucky Derby

Betting on the Kentucky Derby couldn’t be easier at Bodog Sportsbook. Simply select your chosen horse, load up your account with your required stake, and place your bets.

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Select your horse, load your stake, place your bet.

Now that’s sorted, let’s take some time to learn more about the Kentucky Derby itself.

Kentucky Derby Betting: Memorable Moments

With almost 150 years of races to choose from, selecting our most memorable Kentucky Derby moments is tough. In 1933, Don Meade and Herb Fisher almost swapped horses down the stretch as they tangled whips and locked arms. Meade, aboard Brokers Tip would go on to win, but the race would become secondary.

At the turn of the 21st century, Point Given was the form horse and red hot favourite to win the 2001 race. He would fall short, despite going on to win the Preakness and Belmont, but was no match for Monarchos who became only the second horse to run a sub two-minute Derby. Secretariat remains the fastest winner of this race to date and even topped that incredible run off by winning the Triple Crown.

Mine That Bird had never won a race before, and didn’t win one after his victory in 2009, and to this date remains the second-longest price to win the Derby. Such was the surprise at the win that the commentator even forgot the name of the winner and a movie was made about it.

As recently as 2008, Big Brown did the unthinkable and won the Derby while being draw in Post 20. It is usually a killer draw as it means the horse and jockey have to clear the entire field, but Kent Desoremeaux had no such problems as Big Brown made history.

Triple Crown Winners

The Triple Crown is the absolute peak of horse racing in North America. The series is made up of three races: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

Each race pits the best three-year-olds against each other so while winning one is tough, winning all three takes something special. That is why only 13 horses have managed it, with the last coming with Justify in 2018.

That victory came some 99 years after Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three, with Gallant Fox proving this was no flash in the pan in 1930.

Omaha, War Admiral, Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Assault and Citation made a mockery of the odds of claiming the Triple Crown in an era that saw the feat managed six times in 13 years between 1935 and 1948.

Normal service would resume in the years to come with no Triple Crown winner from 1948 to 1973, before Secretariat romped to all three and became the first horse to run the Derby in less than two minutes.

The greatest horse of all time? There is certainly a case to be made and Secretariat would most definitely feature at the top of the Kentucky Derby odds in the modern era.

Best Jockeys

It takes a special jockey to ride multiple Kentucky Derby winners, and few have managed it. However, the below names are the cream of the crop with three or more successes.

John Velazquez, Victor Espinoza, and Calvin Borel have all won three this side of the Millennium, while Gary Stevens and Angel Cordero Jr enjoyed success in the 1970s, 80 and 90s. You have to go back 100 years and more to when Earle Sande and Isaac Murphy were dominating the race.

Bill Shoemaker stands alone with four Derby triumphs, but the top billing goes to two incredible jockeys with five victories each to boast of.

Eddie Arcaro won five out of 21 mounts in the Run for the Roses, at a strike rate of almost one in every four runs. He is the only jockey to win the Triple Crown twice and, perhaps unsurprisingly, no jockey has managed more than his six wins in both the Preakness and the Belmont.

Five years after Arcaro won his last Derby, Bill Hartack took over the reins with the first of his five aboard Iron Liedge in 1957. Unlike Arcaro, Hartack never won the Triple Crown, but managed his five Derby wins in just 12 mounts.

Kentucky Derby Betting FAQs

How Far is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 race held in Louisville, Kentucky and is run over one and one quarter miles.

How Often Does the Favourite Win the Kentucky Derby?

To date, 35% of the winning Kentucky Derby winners have been favourites. It isn’t an exact science, but if you stuck to that formula over the years, you wouldn’t go far wrong.

Should You Always Bet on the Favourite?

If the favourite wins 35% of the time, then that means that 65% of the time it is beaten. Do your research for the big race and make an informed decision.

When Was the First Kentucky Derby?

The first ever Kentucky Derby was held on May 17th, 1875. Aristides, ridden by Oliver Lewis, won the race in a time of 2 minutes and 37 seconds, considerably slower than today’s events.

What is the Biggest Price to Win the Kentucky Derby?

Back in 1913, Donerail was given little chance in a small field of just eight horses. Despite such a small number of entries, Donerail was a 91-1 shot and shocked the watching world when he stole his way to victory.

How Many Horses Run in the Kentucky Derby?

Given its prestige, the Kentucky Derby boasts a larger field than most races in North America. The average field contains eight horses, whereas the Derby boasts 20 of the best thoroughbreds around.

Are the Horses Weighted in the Kentucky Derby?

Geldings carry 126lbs (57.2kg) while fillies carry 121 lbs (55kg).



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