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2019 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds

This Saturday, May 4th is the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports’ and one of the premier gambling events of the year. This year’s field is much more contested than it has been in recent years, and the guaranteed purse is set at a record $3 million, which is $1 million more than last year.

For six years straight the favorite coming into the race has won the event. Starting in 2013 with Orb, California Chrome, American Pharoah, Nyquist, Always Dreaming and Justify have taken home the title after being ranked favorites in the sportsbooks.

Going into the race this year, the clear favorite is trainer Richard Mandella’s Omaha Beach, who has already won the Rebel Stakes and the Arkansas Derby. Omaha Beach will be Mandella’s sixth horse to appear at the Kentucky Derby and will be ridden by last year’s winning Jockey, Mike Smith.

However, while in years past the favorite has had odds that were far and away better than the rest of the pack, this year there are a group of underdogs that are right behind Omaha Beach, which should guarantee that this year's race comes down to the wire.

After the post positions were announced on Tuesday, April 30th, Omaha Beach’s clear lead got a little muddier; trainer Bob Baffert, who has six Kentucky Derby wins to his name including two Triple Crowns, has three horses in the race this year – Game Winner, Roadster, and Improbable. Game Winner is the runner-up favorite while Improbable and Roadster are right behind in terms of odds.

Remember odds keep changing, make sure to place your bet now or keep checking our racebook odds for this year’s Kentucky Derby race. Right now the odds for the top five picks are:

  • Roadster +400
  • Improbable +450
  • Omaha Beach +500
  • Game Winner +500
  • Maximum Security +700

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Omaha Beach drew the 12th post, while Game Winner drew 16th and Roadster drew 17th, which is a position no horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby at. Improbable was given the 5th post.

There are also two other horses with similarly high odds; Maximum Security and Tacitus. Maximum Security is unbeaten so far this year at 4-0-0, and Tacitus is the product of Khalid Abdulla’s Juddmonte Farms, whose horse Empire Maker finished second in the 2003 Kentucky Derby.

Of the 6 horses in this race that have legitimate chances to win, Omaha Beach’s 4-1 odds just edges Game winner’s 1-5 odds, while Roadster and Improbable are right behind them with 1-6 odds. Tacitus and Maximum Security are both listed as 10-1 odds.

One thing to consider if putting money on any of Baffert’s horses is that in years’ past he has only had one in the race; thus he was able to focus all of his energy and attention on a single horse. This year, with three horses he has had to divide his attention between them, which may affect how they perform.

The best news of all, however, is that the weather looks to be favorable. There is a 20% chance of rain, but the forecast calls for partly sunny skies throughout most of the day.

For more information about the horses in the race and their odds, be sure to check out our sportsbook.