The Kentucky Derby takes place in the USA this Saturday, May 7th. The race is setting up to be a great one this year with two clear favourites heading into the race, and plenty of horses considered contenders with morning line odds of 12-1 or better. It’s really anyone’s guess as to which horse will win on Saturday, which makes it all the more interesting from a betting perspective.
The morning line odds were released this morning, but I expect those odds to move significantly on race day with Zandon (3-1) and Epicenter (7-2) as the two favourites according to the morning line, and Messier (8-1), Mo Donegal (10-1), White Abarrio (10-1), and Taliba (12-1) the other top contenders.
Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds
Here are the morning line odds and post positions for the Kentucky Derby for all 20 horses in the field. These odds will change as we get closer to post time on Saturday. Be sure to check out Bet365.com for the up to date odds.
- Mo Donegal 10-1
- Happy Jack 30-1
- Epicenter 7-2
- Summer Is Tomorrow 30-1
- Smile Happy 20-1
- Messier 8-1
- Crown Pride 20-1
- Charge It 20-1
- Tiz the Bomb 30-1
- Zandon 3-1
- Pioneer of Medina 30-1
- Taiba 12-1
- Simplification 20-1
- Barber Road 30-1
- White Abarrio 10-1
- Cyberknife 20-1
- Classic Causeway 30-1
- Tawny Port 30-1
- Zozos 20-1
- Ethereal Road 30-1
These are the morning line odds from the track. They could change drastically on race day depending on the amount of money wagered on each horse.
I will be betting on Epicenter on Saturday. He’s a proven winner that was the favourite at most sportsbooks before the morning line was released.
Epicenter has won four of his last five races, including the Louisiana Derby at the end of March. He’s ran the 1 1/8 mile distance before, winning the Risen Star in February, in a race that saw him defeat Zandon, the other Kentucky Derby favourite, with Zandon finishing that race in third. He’s a horse that finds a way to win, which is why I like him to come out on top in this big field on Saturday.
Here’s the Louisiana Derby replay from late March:
As you can see, Epicenter is able to pass Zozos and Power of Medina down the stretch to win the race convincingly. I’ve been impressed with this horse and I think he continues his winning ways at the Derby.
Play: Epicenter 7-2
How To Bet On The Kentucky Derby in the United Kingdom
If you live in the UK and are looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby, I would suggest doing so at Bet365.com. They are my favourite betting site and they are offering a variety of betting options for the Kentucky Derby.
You will find the Kentucky Derby odds on the Bet365 website be selecting ‘Horse Racing’ from the left sidebar and then selecting ‘Kentucky Derby’ under the ‘International NRNB’ header in the Antepost section. **This location of the betting lines could change leading up to race day.
Ready to bet? Click here to visit Bet365.com.