144th Kentucky Derby

144th Kentucky Derby Odds Are Up

Kentucky Derby

The posts have been drawn, the track is being groomed and the grandstands are being prepped. Now it’s just that delightful wait before the 144th Kentucky Derby goes off. Justify has been installed as the opening favorite at 3/1, and for good reason. The 2018 Santa Anita Derby winner looks virtually untouchable.

While there are about seven horses that are highly rated in this race, there are only two outright threats in the eyes of the oddsmakers. Mendelssohn is the 4/1 second choice after blasting the UAE Derby by 18 1/2 lengths, and his $3 million purchase price has a lot of cappers believing in the hype. The incredibly versatile Scat Daddy colt is a great option to beat his half-brother.

Right behind the top two choices on the board is Audible, who drew the fifth post and 8/1 odds in the 144th Kentucky Derby. As the 2018 Florida Derby winner, Audible is sure to draw interest and his price tag makes him a delectable choice to show. It’s hard not to draw up a trifecta box with Audible, Mendelssohn and Justify.

Also getting 8/1 odds is Bolt d’Oro, the presumptive favorite back in September to champion the 144th Kentucky Derby. Like Classic Empire last year, Bolt d’Oro is falling off the ledge a bit and is being propped up by his reputation but is probably not in the class of his rivals. He was smashed by Justify in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby and it didn’t even look close. Good Magic falls in to that same vein and is being cooled at 12/1 odds of his own.

The biggest horse to watch is Magnum Moon, a raw but super talented 2018 Arkansas Derby winner, who needs to have matured in order to draw serious interest. He’s incredibly gifted, but whether or not he has the precision to win the 144th Kentucky Derby is a tough sell. A standalone win bet might be the best hedge if you believe Magnum Moon can grow up in time to upset the derby.

The full odds are below and you can watch the 144th Kentucky Derby either on NBC or on TwinSpiresTV. Get your bets in soon, because Justify is going to be quickly bet down as the strong favorite. Don’t be surprised if, like a few Kentucky Derby’s in the past, this one goes chalk.

In terms of longshots, with Gronkowski out of the running, Noble Indy is promoted in most people’s eyes as the best horse with 30/1 odds to make some noise. If that mark is a bit far fetched, Vino Rosso also appears as a decent standalone play.

144th Kentucky Derby – Saturday, May 5th at Churchill Downs
1 1/4 Miles – 3 Year Olds – $2,000,000

PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 Firenze Fire (FL) Paco Lopez 126 Jason Servis 50/1
2 Free Drop Billy (KY) Robby Albarado 126 Dale L. Romans 30/1
3 Promises Fulfilled (KY) Corey J. Lanerie 126 Dale L. Romans 30/1
4 Flameaway (ON) Jose Lezcano 126 Mark E. Casse 30/1
5 Audible (NY) Javier Castellano 126 Todd A. Pletcher 8/1
6 Good Magic (KY) Jose L. Ortiz 126 Chad C. Brown 12/1
7 Justify (KY) Mike E. Smith 126 Bob Baffert 3/1
8 Lone Sailor (KY) James Graham 126 Thomas M. Amoss 50/1
9 Hofburg (KY) Irad Ortiz, Jr. 126 William I. Mott 20/1
10 My Boy Jack (KY) Kent J. Desormeaux 126 J. Keith Desormeaux 30/1
11 Bolt d’Oro (KY) Victor Espinoza 126 Mick Ruis 8/1
12 Enticed (KY) Junior Alvarado 126 Kiaran P. McLaughlin 30/1
13 Bravazo (KY) Luis Contreras 126 D. Wayne Lukas 50/1
14 Mendelssohn (KY) Ryan L. Moore 126 Aidan P. O’Brien 5/1
15 Instilled Regard (KY) Drayden Van Dyke 126 Jerry Hollendorfer 50/1
16 Magnum Moon (KY) Luis Saez 126 Todd A. Pletcher 6/1
17 Solomini (KY) Flavien Prat 126 Bob Baffert 30/1
18 Vino Rosso (KY) John R. Velazquez 126 Todd A. Pletcher 12/1
19 Noble Indy (KY) Florent Geroux 126 Todd A. Pletcher 30/1
20 Combatant (KY) Ricardo Santana, Jr. 126 Steven M. Asmussen 50/1
21 Blended Citizen (KY) Kyle Frey 126 Doug F. O’Neill 50/1