Favorites To Win The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky DerbyIt’s almost time for the so called most exciting two minutes in all of sports, the Kentucky Derby. Taking place the first Saturday in May each year, the 2015 Derby will be run on May 2nd and is a date those who enjoy online sports bettinglook forward to every spring. In some years there is one clear cut favorite to win the first leg of the triple crown, but that is not the case this year.

If you are considering betting on the Kentucky Derby there seems to be two horses the Las Vegas oddsmakers are favoring, along with a couple others who should give them a run for their money. Let’s take a look at the favorites and why any one of them could find themselves in the winner’s circle.

American Pharoah

American Pharoah (yes, that is the way his owners choose to spell his name) won the prestigious G1 Arkansas Derby recently, which capped a four race winning streak. Most experts agree this could be a two horse race between American Pharoah and Dortmund who has the second best odds. Both horses coincidentally are trained by Bob Baffert. It may be very good to be Baffert come May 2nd.


Dortmund won the Santa Anita Derby by 4 ½ lengths which is the latest in a six race winning streak for the colt. Dominating at Santa Anita’s long track could help him down the stretch at Churchill Downs. His sire is Big Brown who nearly won the Triple Crown in 2008.

Carpe Diem

Trained by the great Todd Pletcher, Carpe Diem has won four of the five races he has entered, and came in second in the only one he didn’t win. He is a Kentucky horse who may enjoy the longer track at Churchill and could win over the home crowd fans.


Like Baffert, Pletcher also has a second contender in the run for the roses this year. Materiality won the coveted Florida Derby recently. Some wonder how well the horse will do on the big stage in Louisville after having run only three races in its lifetime. But then again, he did win all three of those races.


While currently holding better odds than Materiality, many think Mubtaahji will struggle a bit at Churchill Downs for a couple reasons. Unlike many of the entries who have only run four or five races, he has actually ran seven times since September. This could lead to some fatigue issues. And none of those seven races were as long as the 1 ¼ miles he’ll have to run in the Kentucky Derby

For those with online sports betting accounts looking to get some early action on the Derby, there is definitely money to be made. And as with most years, betting on the Kentucky Derby is all about finding the right horse at the right value.

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