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Kentucky Derby Odds
Kentucky Derby Odds


Sat, May 1, 2021. Churchill Downs, Louisville.
2021 Kentucky Derby Odds Horse Racing

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

To Win The Kentucky Derby Odds 2021

1 Known Agenda +600
2 Like the King +5000
3 Brooklyn Strong +5000
4 Keepmeinmind +5000
5 Sainthood +5000
6 O Besos +2000
7 Mandaloun +1500
8 Medina Spirit +1500
9 Hot Rod Charlie +800
10 Midnight Bourbon +2000
11 Dynamic One +2000
12 Helium +5000
13 Hidden Stash +5000
14 Essential Quality +200
15 Rock your World +500
16 King Fury +2000
17 Highly Motivated +1000
18 Super Stock +3000
19 Soup and Sandwich +3000
20 Bourbonic +3000

Bet On Kentucky Derby Odds

The Kentucky Derby is THE horse racing event to watch. As the world’s most popular Grade I stakes race, the Kentucky Derby betting remains one of the biggest events in sports. Kentucky Derby odds are offered from the best online sportsbooks. It is the first leg of the world-renowned Triple Crown of thoroughbred horse racing.

Kentucky Derby Contenders and Race Picks – Full Race Preview

The 147th Kentucky Derby is set to return in its usual time slot: the first Saturday of May from the usual broadcaster: NBC. Churchill Downs will now feature live audiences in attendance as, fingers-crossed, the pandemic continues to slow down. There will still be preventative measures in place, but this is a step towards the Derby being back.

Before taking on the Kentucky Derby odds, check out BetUS’s horse racing sports betting guide.

2021 Kentucky Derby – May 1

Start Time: 6:31 pm ET (pending)
TV Broadcast: NBC
Online Stream: NBC Sports
Venue: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky
Distance: 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track: Dirt
Horses: 3-year-old Thoroughbreds
Purse: $3,000,000

The 2021 Kentucky Derby will return to its standard 20 horses. It was cut down to 18 last year. The race is open to 3-year-olds of both sexes although fillies rarely participate. The Derby Odds is one of the rare sporting events to never get cancelled or postponed. We saw last year that it went on despite a pandemic. It did the same during the Spanish Flu and both World Wars.

The Kentucky Derby usually begins around 6:30 p.m. ET but this year’s race time has yet to be finalized. The race is only around two minutes. Combined with Kentucky Derby betting, it has earned the moniker “the most exciting two minutes in sports”.

Kentucky Derby Betting Guide 2021

The Kentucky Derby 2021 odds are already live and available from the sportsbook. Per usual, there are favorites that are quickly establishing themselves apart from their peers. Essential Quality and Life is Good are the two favorites to watch, in particular. But other contenders like Greatest Honour, Mandaloun, and Concert Tour are fighting to make a case.

Remember that you can bet on the Kentucky Derby odds in many ways using either the racebook or the sportsbook, depending on how involved you want to get. Alternatively, you can also bet on the horse races during the Road to Kentucky Derby, which ultimately help paint a clearer picture of how the “Run for the Roses” shapes up.

2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby

Only 20 horses will be eligible to participate in the Kentucky Derby. These horses will be the top 20 to earn points in a series of races as part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” How each horse performs over these races usually mark which ones will be the favorites with the Kentucky Derby odds.

There are many races as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and most of them have odds. Kentucky Derby betting includes these races that come from three areas: the United States, Europe, and Japan although the biggest and most prestigious races are from America and happen during March and April, just before the Derby.

2021 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds: The Contenders*

Essential Quality: +200

Essential Quality is the early Kentucky Derby betting favorite. The experts from the official site have him unanimously pegged as the top-ranked horse. Trained by Brad Cox, who has been on a roll, Essential Quality won the Breeders Cup Juvenile in November making him the top two-year-old. However, winning the Juvenile has historically not translated to winning the Derby.

Post Position: 14. Essential Quality (2-1)
Jockey: Luis Saez
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Godolphin
Career record: 5 starts – 5 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $2,265,144
Earnings per start: $453,029
Top Equibase Speed Figure: 109
Kentucky Derby points: 140
Pedigree: Tapit – Delightful Quality, by Elusive Quality
Color: Gray or roan
Running style: Press the pace/stalker

Rock your World: +500

Rock Your World is one of three undefeated horses under consideration for the Kentucky Derby, joining Essential Quality and Concert Tour. He won Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on April 3 at Santa Anita Park by 4 ¼ lengths over Medina Spirit.

Post Position: 15. Rock Your World (5-1)
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: John Sadler
Owners: Hronis Racing and Talla Racing
Career record: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds
Career earnings: $546,600
Earnings per start: $182,200
Top Equibase Speed Figure: 103
Kentucky Derby points: 100
Pedigree: Candy Ride – Charm the Maker, by Empire Maker
Color: Dark bay or brown
Running style: Pacesetter/press the pace

Known Agenda: +600

Known Agenda is currently set as the third favorite per the Kentucky Derby Morning Lines. It’s hard to bet against a horse jockeyed by the legendary Irad Ortiz and trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won the Dubai World Cup and Breeders’ Cup Classic. The horse has impressed at the Florida Derby and is poised to make noise during the Derby.

Post Position: 1. Known Agenda (6-1 morning-line odds)
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: St. Elias Stable
Career record: 6 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third
Career earnings: $541,700
Earnings per start: $90,283
Top Equibase Speed Figure: 112
Kentucky Derby points: 102
Pedigree: Curlin – Byrama, by Byron
Color: Chestnut
Running style: Stalker/closer

*odds subject to change

Bet on 2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

How to Bet on Kentucky Derby?

The most prominent horse racing event in the world, the Kentucky Derby is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for apt reasons. Find the best Kentucky Derby odds from the BetUS online sportsbook, home to this prestigious Grade I stakes race that takes place every first Sunday of May.

As the first leg of the Triple Crown, the Derby is 10 furlongs (1 ¼ miles, 2 km) long and raced on a dirt track. The household name in horse racing is littered with online sports betting odds. Bet on Kentucky Derby odds remains ever so popular.

Kentucky Derby Odds: What You Need To Know

You can find Kentucky Derby odds and other horse racing odds from the BetUS online sportsbook. Find these odds via the “Racebook” or the “Horse Racing” section of the sportsbook.

You’ll want to access the Racebook to get the full range of Kentucky Derby odds. The sportsbook has Derby odds but is mostly limited to the Futures or Outright bets.

How to Bet on the Kentucky Derby: Racebook Odds

There are many different ways on how to bet on the Kentucky Derby. With the BetUS online racebook, you can find these Kentucky Derby odds easily. When you find the Derby odds, you have one of three options to bet (labeled “Horse” in the “Bet Type” option above the table):

  • Win: bet on a horse to finish first
  • Place: bet on a horse to finish second or first
  • Show: bet on a horse to finish third, second, or first

When you bet on Kentucky Derby odds, your payout is determined by what you select. A “Win” pays more than a “Place” and “Place” pays more than a “Show”. The payout is the same regardless of what place the horse finishes when “Place” or “Show” is concerned.

Alternatively, you can choose to wager with “Win-Place” or “Win-Place-Show” and the your payout is determined by what place the horse finishes in.

When you find the table, you can type in the amount you want to bet on any of the three options. After you input your bet amount, select “Add To Bet Slip” to load your Kentucky Derby odds bets.

You can either “Save” your bets if you want to think about them, “Remove All” to start over, or “CONFIRM” to place your wager/s.

Kentucky Derby Odds: Reading the Odds

The Derby odds are usually displayed as a fraction or the “Money Line”, meaning what the odds and potential payout is for the horse.

These Kentucky Derby odds are displayed with a “/” between two numbers like 6/1 or 15/1. This means you can win $6 or $15 for every $1 dollar you bet if the horse finishes first. The payout is adjusted if you choose “Win”, “Place, or “Show” with “Win”.

You can calculate your potential payout with this formula:

  • Wager x (Numerator/Denominator)] 

More Kentucky Derby Betting: Other Methods to Bet

The Win-Place-Show isn’t the only Kentucky Derby odds option. There are “exotic wagers” that are available. These are:

  • Exacta: bet on two horses to finish first and second in the exact order hence the name. For double the wager, you can box your bet to ensure a win even if they switch places.
  • Quinella: this is essentially a box exacta with the difference being the cost. It costs more to place an exacta but the payout is typically bigger.
  • Trifecta: bet on three horses to finish first, second, and third in the exact order like an exacta but with three horses. Like the box exacta, you can also do a box trifecta for additional costs and payouts.
  • Superfecta: bet on four horses to finish from first to fourth in the specific order.
  • Double: place two separate wagers just like a two-leg parlay; both wagers must win.
  • Pick Four: select the winner (first-placed finisher) of four consecutive horse races

To select an exotic wager, select the drop down menu of the table where it says “Bet Type” (the default Win-Place-Show format is labeled “Horse”) then select from the Kentucky Derby odds, the exotic wager of your choice from the dropdown menu.

You can also select the race you want by selecting the “Race #”.

How to Bet on the Kentucky Derby: Sportsbook Futures/Outrights

When you access the Kentucky Derby odds from the sportsbook, you’ll find the Futures or Outrights. This is more straightforward and you simply select which horse you think will finish first and win the entire thing.

You already know the fractional format on how to bet the Kentucky Derby. There are two other formats display from BetUS:

American Odds

This lines teams with a positive (+) or negative (-) number. A positive indicates how much you win on a $100 bet and a minus indicates how much you have to bet to win $100.

If you’re not wagering $100, you can use these formulas to calculate your potential winnings:

  • For plus odds: Stake x (Odds/100)
  • For negative odds: Stake / (Odds/100)

Decimal Odds

Self-explanatory, these Derby odds reflect how much you win for every $1 wagered. Unlike the American odds, the decimal odds show the total payout rather than the profit:

  • Wager x Decimal odd number

You can change the odds format by selecting the dropdown from the “Kentucky Derby Odds” on the upper right corner of the table.

Kentucky Derby Picks

Where to Watch the Kentucky Derby?

Following a year of doubt, the Kentucky Derby is back where it belongs, this year it will be the 147th edition for the Kentucky Derby and it will run once more on the first Saturday in May.

The 2021 Kentucky Derby will air on May 1 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage for the Kentucky Derby live streaming will available on and on the NBC Sports app.

When post time reaches Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 1st, owners, trainers, and jockeys will see their expectations hit the roof in anticipation of the “Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.”

BetUS offers all the races available at Churchill Downs. For the main race, once post positions are drawn, Churchill Downs will present the official odds. BetUS offers you services as Advance Betting on the main race, Match-ups and Props.

Kentucky Derby Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the contenders for the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

Essential Quality is currently the most favored 2021 Kentucky Derby horse at 7-2 odds.

What is post time for the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

The post time for the 2021 Kentucky Derby is 6pm EST. The race coverage will begin at 5pm EST aired on NBC.

How to bet on 2021 Kentucky Derby?

You will require a BetUS account, where you can then choose your preferred betting type – it’s advised to refer to our How to Bet on the Kentucky Derby page before betting.

How to watch 2021 Kentucky Derby?

You can watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby live on NBC.

Is online betting on Kentucky Derby legal?

Yes, betting on the Kentucky Derby is legal as long as you’re using a reputable and trustworthy sportsbook or racebook.

Who is the favorite to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

Essential Quality trained by Brad Cox is the 3-1 favorite atop the most current 2021 Kentucky Derby odds. Concert Tour is 5-1 and the Leandro Mora-trained Hot Rod Charlie is 6-1 among the early 2021 Kentucky Derby contenders.

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