Omaha Beach Opens Week as Kentucky Derby Betting Favorite

Omaha Beach Opens Week as Kentucky Derby Betting Favorite

April 30th, 2019 Horseracing, Kentucky Derby

At the beginning of the week Omaha Beach opened as the Kentucky Derby betting favorite with Game Winner, Improbable, Maximum Security, Roadster, Tacitus, and Haikal among the top alternatives.  While Omaha Beach is the chalk, he is hardly a lock.  Increasingly the 2019 Run for the Roses looks to be among the most competitive of all time.  More emphatically Derby Day figures to be among the most opportune but also among the most challenging for gamblers.  Potential is the name of the game for this year’s Kentucky Derby.  Hence its anyone’s race.

2019 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds & Information

Date and Time: Saturday, May 4, 2019

Location:  Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

2019 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds at SBG:  Omaha Beach 4/1, Game Winner 9/2, Improbable 5/1, Maximum Security 5/1, Roadster 5/1, Tacitus 8/1, Haikal 10/1, Long Range Toddy 12/1, Vekoma 12/1, Code of Honor 16/1, Spinoff 20/1, War of Will 20/1, Cutting Humor 25/1

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2019 Kentucky Derby TV Coverage:  NBC

Omaha Beach

At the onset of Kentucky Derby betting was the impressive recent performance by Omaha Beach.  Three wins in his last three races garnered plenty of attention and respect.  Further credentials come with wins at the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby in that span.  Jockey Mike Smith has plenty of street cred after riding Justify to Triple Crown glory last year.

Bob Baffert

Finishing second to Omaha Beach in both the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby was Improbable.  However, a Grade One win at the Los Alamitos Futurity has gamblers looking hard at this colt.  Triple Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert is seen by near universal acclaim to be a sportsbook asset.

Game Winner

Yet another Baffert trained favorite is Game Winner.  Similarly, Game Winner is coming off back to back second place finishes at the Santa Anita Derby and Rebel Stakes.  By contrast he had won four races in a row before those two place finishes.  But a win at the Breeders Cup Juvenile is something that many gamblers can’t shake.

Maximum Security

Owing to four consecutive wins in four starts has Maximum Security emerged as a favorite.  Just as important to many gamblers is the fact that this colt will be well rested.  Consider Maximum Security has not run since his win in the Grade One Florida Derby on March 30.  Stress and fatigue are a major factor on Derby Day and Maximum Security will not have to worry about a short tank compared to other top contenders.


Roadster is another Bob Baffert production and the winner of the Santa Anita Derby.  As a result of beating out Game Winner at Santa Anita Roadster became one of the lead betting favorites.  Balanced against that was a third-place finish in the Del Mar Futurity that his Baffert stable mate Game Winner took.


Also emerging as a top tier favorite is Tacitus following back to back wins at the Wood Memorial and the Tampa Bay Derby.  As a matter of fact, Tacitus is considered by many to have the most potential upside on Derby Day.

Matchup to Watch

Maximum Security brings a strong record and a full tank that follows a long break.  In this situation with Kentucky Derby Betting looking so even Maximum Security brings ability, intangibles and value.

Kentucky Derby Betting Odds Picks

In sum Maximum Security brings everything needed for an excellent pick.

Kentucky Derby Betting Online Pick: Maximum Security

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