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.