The 139th Kentucky Derby is set to run tomorrow at Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby, as it is affectionately referred to by Americans, is the second biggest single day betting event of the year next to the Super Bowl. I was somewhat surprised to learn that because horse racing seems to be a sport where interest is fleeting, but this race still captures the attention of the nation every year.
Last year I’ll Have Another won the race and became the horse known throughout the continent. He was 15 to 1 odds in the Kentucky Derby and surprised everyone with a win. That said it is not unusual for horses with long odds to win the Kentucky Derby, so this year you might want to set your sights on a horse that may be overlooked, but does have the speed and potential to do some damage.
Orb is currently the favorite in the race with +400 odds, while Verazzo sits with odds of +450. This is interesting as earlier in the week Verazzo was the favorite at +400, while Orb sat at +500, however something in the build up to the race has made bettors more interested in Orb, so it will be interesting to see if this change in line is accurate come race day.
The other horses who are more in the I’ll Have Another area from last year are the following:
- Goldencents +700
- Revolutionary +800
- Normandy Invasion +800
- Overanalyze +1200
- Itsmyluckyday +1200
- Lines of Battle +1600
- Java’s War +1800
- Vyjack +2000
All of the above odds are from Bet365.com. Any of these horses could pull off win and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to me.
You can watch the race tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm EST on NBC. Or you can watch online here.
If you are interested in betting on the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby I suggest checking out www.BetOnKentuckyDerby.org, which is what I feel is the best resource for learning how to bet on the Derby online. They also offer a great bonus, which is great and can be used to win more money betting on the Kentucky Derby this year.