With 20 horses in the field, anything can happen in Kentucky Derby betting. It was just a year ago that Mine That Bird paid over $100 to win.
2010 Kentucky Derby odds give you the chance to not only bet win, place and show but also the exacta, trifecta and superfecta. Kentucky Derby betting odds are appealing because everyone has an opinion on which horse will win. The race is really a great betting race because the favorite doesn’t always win. In recent history the favorites have had a little more success. Fusaichi Pegasus won in 2000, Smarty Jones won in 2004 and Big Brown won in 2008. In 2007 the odds were really close between Street Sense and Curlin for the role of the favorite. Street Sense ended up winning that race. History sometimes goes in streaks with the Kentucky Derby. After Spectacular Bid won in 1979, no other favorite won the Derby until Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Now if you count Street Sense as the favorite in 2007, that would mean four favorites have won in the past decade.
What is sometimes forgotten in 2010 Kentucky Derby odds is that the payouts can be big even when the favorite does win. In 2007 when Street Sense won and Curlin finished third, the superfecta still paid over $29,000 dollars. Barbaro won in 2006 as the second choice and the superfecta paid out over $42,000 dollars. When a longshot wins the race as happened last year with Mine That Bird then the payouts can be huge. Last year the $1 exacta paid over $1,000 dollars, the $2 trifecta paid over $20,000 and the $1 superfecta paid over a quarter of a million dollars.
When you look at 2010 Kentucky Derby odds you want to find a horse that can finish in the money. You can then take that horse and bet him to win, in the exactas, trifectas and superfectas. This is the way to hit the big score in the Kentucky Derby.
As you handicap 2010 Kentucky Derby odds you really don’t want speed horses or front runners. Rarely does either of those types of horses win this race. Only a few times in recent history has a horse won the Kentucky Derby going wire-to-wire.