Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is the fastest two minutes in horse racing and the Run for the Roses is set for another exciting edition.

Despite a rough few years with disqualifications and Bob Baffert’s suspension, the Kentucky Derby continues to shine a light on American thoroughbred racing. This feature race for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday of May has us excited.

It has been run and won by some of the biggest names in the business, including American Pharoah, Affirmed and Secretariat.

Kentucky Derby odds are available for most of the year, so place your bets for the big event!

Latest Kentucky Derby News

Kentucky Derby Race Information

Location: Kentucky, USA
Track: Churchill Downs
Upcoming Event: May 6, 2023
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Kentucky Derby Odds & Analysis

Kentucky Derby odds are based on a variety of factors, including form, history, trainer, and jockey.

Runners from the big stables are often well-favoured in betting markets, such as the Baffert or Asmussen stable; however, it largely depends on the form of the runner and how much has been bet in early Kentucky Derby betting markets.

The bookmakers have their opening odds but the public money moves the lines. There is always a well-backed runner and the unbeaten runners also attract attention.

Odds are usually on the generous side due to the size of the field. It’s unusual to see big betting fields at Churchill Downs, so bettors get value odds for most Kentucky Derby runners.

Upcoming Post Position​

The 2023 post position, the position of stall in starting gate from which a horse starts the race is yet to be announced. Stay updated as we will provide you with all the information. 

2023 Kentucky Derby Post Position
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2022 Kentucky Derby Post Position
POST POSITIONHORSEODDS
1Mo Donegal10-1
2Happy Jack30-1
3Epicenter7-2
4Summer is Tomorrow30-1
5Smile Happy20-1
6Messier8-1
7Crown Pride20-1
8Charge It20-1
9Tiz The Bomb30-1
10Zandon3-1
11Pioneer of Medina30-1
12Taiba12-1
13Simplification20-1
14Barber Road30-1
15White Abarrio10-1
16Cyberknife20-1
17Classic Causeway30-1
18Tawny Port30-1
19Zozos20-1
20Ethereal Road30-1

How to Bet on Kentucky Derby?

There are many ways to win while betting on the Kentucky Derby odds and bookmakers always offer specials for the big race.

Bettors can bet on a horse to win or place. It’s the most common Kentucky Derby bet type and bettors have an each-way option, which doubles the bet amount but gives the win and place option in one wager.

Exotic bets are popular, including quinella, exacta, trifecta and first-four bets. With Kentucky Derby betting pools hitting astronomical levels, the payouts are higher. The bigger the pool, the bigger the potential payouts, especially for exotic bets.

Betting favorites is always a good strategy but there have been big upset results. It’s all about identifying the runner with the best Derby credentials and that changes year-to-year.

Kentucky Derby Betting Trends

Betting trends play a big factor into the odds. There has been only one winner off the inside three barriers, making them 1-103. It’s a dismal record, so bettors should stay away from the runners with post one, two, and three.

Backing the favorites is a good way to make money when betting on the Kentucky Derby. They have an excellent recent record and it’s a race where good horses typically win and kick on with their career.

Avoid horses by Tapit, Curlin and Candy Ride. These stallions struggle to provide Kentucky Derby winners despite being some of the biggest names in the breeding world.

Kentucky Derby History

Kentucky Derby betting tips are popular because of the history of the great race. It has been won by some of the best thoroughbreds in the world and it kicks off the Triple Crown.

Just when it looked like there wouldn’t be another Triple Crown winner after Affirmed, Baffert’s American Pharoah defied history. It wouldn’t have happened had he not won the Kentucky Derby, so it’s the most important race on the calendar.

It shows which age-group superstar will head into the Preakness Stakes as the favorite and there is big money involved. Having a Derby winner changes lives and that’s why it will always be a popular betting event.

Past 7 Winners
Date WINNERs
2022Rich Strike
2021Mandaloun
2020Authentic
2019Country House (via DQ)
2018Justify* 
2017Always Dreaming
2016American Pharoah*

*Triple Crown Winner

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