Bet On The Kentucky Derby

The question all week for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was, “Who is going to be the betting favorite?”

The undefeated Verrazano has been the future betting favorite since February, and closed in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Wager at 7-1. The colt has been as low as 7-2 at Bovada.

Florida Derby winner Orb was receiving rave reviews since arriving at Churchill Downs, enough that Churchill Downs linesmaker Mike Battaglia installed the Shug McGaughey trainee as the 7-2 morning line favorite , with Verrazano relegated to the 4-1 second choice.

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Well, with nearly $600,000 in the Derby win pool on Friday both are playing second fiddle to Revolutionary and Goldencents, who both closed at 5-1.

The Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Revolutionary actually had more money wagered on him with $73,955 in the pool. Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents was not far behind, with $71,010.

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Orb is currently third choice at 6-1, and the biggest surprise is Verrazano, who drifted all the way up to 11-1 in Friday betting.

That price certainly will come down, but it is an indication that horseplayers were not impressed with his three-quarter length win over Normandy Invasion in the Wood Memorial in his last start.

The Chad Brown trained Normandy Invasion took some play, down to 8-1 from his 12-1 morning line.

The biggest fall from grace goes to Vyjack, who closed at 10-1 in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The Rudy Rodriguez trainee won his first four starts but ran third in the Wood.

Installed at 15-1 on the morning line for the Derby, his price has drifted up to 43-1 in early wagering. In the Oaks-Derby Double the lowest price with Oaks upset winner Princess of Sylmar ($79.60) is Orb, who will return $621.40.

The Oaks-Derby Double with Revolutionary would pay $790.00. The payoff with Normandy Invasion is $742.00, and if Verrazano were to win the Derby the double payoff would return $804.60.

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Horse

Jockey

Trainer

ML Odds

Friday Odds

1

Black Onyx

-

Kelly Breen

Scratched

N/A

2

Oxbow

Gary Stevens

D. Wayne Lukas

30-1

25-1

3

Revolutionary 

Calvin Borel 

Todd Pletcher

10-1

5-1

4

Golden Soul

Robby Albarado 

Dallas Stewart 

50-1

31-1

5

Normandy Invasion

Javier Castellano

Chad Brown

12-1

8-1

6

Mylute

Rosie Napravnik

Tom Amoss

15-1

14-1

7

Giant Finish

Jose L. Espinoza 

Anthony W. Dutrow 

50-1

44-1

8

Goldencents 

Kevin Krigger 

Doug O'Neill 

5-1

5-1

9

Overanalyze 

Rafael Bejarano 

Todd Pletcher 

15-1

14-1

10

Palace Malice 

Mike Smith 

Todd Pletcher 

20-1

26-1

11

Lines of Battle 

Ryan Moore 

Aidan O'Brien 

30-1

42-1

12

Itsmyluckyday 

Elvis Trujillo

Eddie Plesa, Jr. 

15-1

11-1

13

Falling Sky 

Luis Saez 

John Terranova II 

50-1

49-1

14

Verrazano

John R. Velazquez

Todd Pletcher

4-1

11-1

15

Charming Kitten

Edgar Prado

Todd Pletcher

20-1

32-1

16

Orb

Joel Rosario

Claude R. McGaughey III

7-2

6-1

17

Will Take Charge

Jon Court

D. Wayne Lukas

20-1

31-1

18

Frac Daddy

Victor Lebron 

Ken McPeek

50-1

15-1

19

Java's War 

Julien Leparoux 

Ken McPeek 

15-1

22-1

20

Vyjack

Garrett Gomez

Rudy Rodriguez

15-1

43-1

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