The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports

The 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Post time is scheduled for approximately 6:34 PM ET. Pre-race coverage begins four hours earlier on NBC. The race is 1 ¼ mile long. The Kentucky Derby usually features 20 horses, and the winners purse for the event is upwards of $2M. The Kentucky Derby Festival takes place for two weeks before the event, with the race the final event of the weekend. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race that features thoroughbreds. Let's take a look at a few of the favorites.

Justify +300

Justify is the odds on favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. This Bob Baffert and Mike Smith led horse is one of the lightest horses in the event. This is a great jockey and trainer combo which could explain such great odds. Justify was built to win this Derby.

Mendelssohn +400

This horse has the picture of a winning breed. Overseas horses though have had a tough time in the Kentucky Derby before. If this was not the case, Mendelssohn would be the favorite to win this race. This horse can fly. Looking at bucking the overseas trends could be worth a gamble here.

Audible +700

Todd Pletcher has another horse that is near the top of the odds to win the Kentucky Derby. Him and Javier Castellano have done a great job with this horse. Audible is coming off a win at the Florida Derby. The biggest concern here is the ability to keep up through the entire race.

Magnum Moon +550

This is a young horse, but is ready to rock. Bred from the Malibu Moon and Orb family, the biggest issue with young Magnum Moon is getting stuck in traffic. Magnum Moon has not been able to conquer that yet at this point. This is another Todd Pletcher led horse.

Our pick to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby is Mendelssohn. We are going to buck the odds and take an overseas horse. This horse can fly, and when push comes to shove, Mendelssohn will get out ahead and not be caught. Putting our money down at +400 is a pretty good bet.

The Kentucky Oaks takes place Friday night. It is a little bit of a warm-up for racing fans that attracts a lot of bettors every year. Our three picks to win the Kentucky Oaks are Midnight Bisou +200, Monomoy Girl +185 and Sassy Sienna +1300. We like the odds and the makeup of Sassy Sienna, so +1300 is a great value bet to make.

Best of luck with all your Kentucky Derby betting. We are looking forward to "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports". Enjoy the race and take down the sportsbooks!