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

To Win The Kentucky Derby Odds 2021

1 Essential Quality +375
2 Jackies Warrior +3300
3 Keepmeinmind +3300
4 Reinvestment Risk +2000
5 Highly Motivated +1500
6 Hot Rod Charlie +800
7 Mandaloun +2700
10 Known Agenda +1600
11 Sittin On Go +6600
12 Greatest Honour +1200
13 Freedom Fighter +3300
18 Spielberg +5000
19 Team Merchants +3300
28 Midnight Bourbon +1800
31 Red Flag +4000
32 Medina Spirit +1600
33 Prime Factor +6600
35 Senor Buscador +3300
36 Caddo River +2500
37 Prate +3300
39 Capo Kane +5000
42 Concert Tour +400
43 Proxy +2800
49 Prevalence +1500
50 Lemon Pop +4000
51 Brooklyn Strong +4000
52 Roman Centurian +4000
53 Van Gogh +3500
54 Risk Taking +1800
55 Rombauer +5000
56 Candy Man Rocket +5000
57 Fire at Will +5000
58 The Great One +5000
59 Dream Shake +2500
60 Hozier +2500
61 Soup and Sandwich +2200
62 Rock Your World +650
63 Collaborate +2000
65 Helium +1800
66 Nicky The Vest +2500
67 Weyburn +1500


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.

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*

Concert Tour: +400

Concert Tour has overtaken Essential Quality as the favorite per the Kentucky Derby odds. It’s hard to bet against a horse jockeyed by the legendary Joel Rosario and trained by Bob Baffert, who has won three of the last six Derby’s. The horse has impressed at the Rebel Stakes and is poised to make noise during the Derby.

Essential Quality: +375

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.

Greatest Honour: +1200

He is a distant third, but Greatest Honour was ranked as a top-three horse among three of the four Kentucky Derby experts and has seen his stock grow with each performance. Greatest Honour impressed with two solid wins at Gulfstream Park during the Holy Bull Stakes and Fountain of Youth Stakes. Don’t sleep on him come May,

*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

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.