Kentucky Derby Betting – Odds on 2016 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Betting

2016 Kentucky Derby odds will be on the board for the greatest two minutes in sports on Saturday, May 7th. A full field of 20 horses is expected on Saturday with one of the most wide open fields ever for the Kentucky Derby.


142nd Run for the Roses
The Kentucky Derby is the first race of the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing – though it was the last to be created in 1875. Held at the 11⁄4-mile dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” was notable last year because its winner American Pharaoh went on to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years (the previous one had been Affirmed in 1978), along with the oldest and first Hispanic jockey to win the award, Victor Espinoza. For the 2016 Run of the Roses the odds-on favorite is Mohaymen (odds 7-2 at Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3), an undefeated three-year-old gray colt. Experts such as John Asher, Jill Byrne, Ed DeRosa, James Scully, and Joe Kristufel all put Mohaymen in their top 2 predictions to win the race – and was even singled-out by award-winning horse racing writer Bill Finley as early as 5 months ago. Other contenders for the 142nd edition of the Kentucky Derby include Nyquist, Songbird, and Mor Spirit.

Big Payouts Expected
Since there is not likely to be an overwhelming favorite this year in Kentucky Derby betting you can count on some big payoffs. Gamblers will be looking at the exacta, trifecta and superfecta to hit the big score. Last year it was Super Saver winning the race as the second choice in the betting. Even with three of the logical contenders coming in first, second and third, the trifecta still paid out over $1,168 dollars for a $1 bet and the $1 superfecta paid out over $101,000.

Full Field Expected
This year’s Kentucky Derby field will have 20 horses but it will not have The Factor as the Bob Baffert trained horse will not be entered. The horse finished poorly in the Arkansas Derby and his owners have decided not to enter him in the Kentucky Derby. While The Factor will not go there are some other contenders who could spring the upset. Expected to be in the field are Mucho Macho Man who is #2 in the AP Kentucky Derby contender poll, Nehro, Archarcharch, Soldat, Toby’s Corner, Brilliant Speed, Stay Thirsty and Midnight Interlude.

The Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby race is underway

2017 Kentucky Derby race is underwayHow do you get to the 2017 Kentucky Derby? Practice. And also by being among the 20 horses with the most points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby (RTTKD). The RTTKD is a tiered point system in select races which will determine who earns a spot in the starting gate on Saturday, May 6th. This year’s RTTKD consists of 35 races – 19 races for the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and 16 races for the Kentucky Derby Championship Season. The series of designated races takes the horses to tracks across the USA and around the world. And the best part is that horse betting fans can wager on these races, so there’s no need to wait for Kentucky Derby betting.

Nyquist conquers Kentucky Derby, marches on to Preakness

Nyquist conquers Kentucky DerbyPrior to the Run of the Roses, Nyquist seemed to have been underestimated by Kentucky Derby betting odds-makers. It is truly a testament to the impact that last year’s winner and eventual Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah had, when an unbeaten and heavily favored horse has to play second fiddle to another horse that’s already retired. However, Nyquist proved the neigh-sayers wrong (get it? Neigh-sayers. That's gold, Jerry! Gold! ) by winning the Derby by 1 1⁄4 lengths, becoming the eighth undefeated winner in history and the first since Big Brown in 2008.

What’s in a Name? 2016 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds

2016 Kentucky Derby betting oddsThe only thing more difficult to figure out than Kentucky Derby betting odds are race horses’ names. I remember when I used to tend bar at the Legitimate Businessman's Social Club. One day, Fat Tony asks me to pick a horse for the third race. I didn’t know anything about horse racing, so I says to the guy, I says to him to “eat my shorts.” You know what he said? He said Eat My Shorts was in the fifth race. Still, some people go solely by name when placing a wager.

Kentucky Derby Favorite has Big Horseshoes to fill

2016 Kentucky Derby Odds and AnalysisKentucky Derby betting favorite Nyquist has a tough act to follow in Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, and that may or may not be affecting his odds. Las Vegas projections have him opening at no better than 3-1 odds, in spite of the generally run-of-the-mill caliber of his competitors.

Pre-Post position draw Odds for the Kentucky Derby

Pre-Post position draw Odds for the Kentucky DerbyWe are in the proverbial final stretch before the Kentucky Derby and now we can finally give you our very own pre-Post position odds to win the race!

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