Kentucky Derby Matchups: Orb Verrazano
Picking the Kentucky Derby winner is a longshot, even when betting the favorites, because so much can happen in a field of 20 horses.
But there is plenty of profit potential in betting head to head matchups. This involves betting on one horse to finish ahead of another horse and is much easier to handicap and much easier to win.
For example, morning line favorites Orb and Verrazano are each roughly 4/1 to win the Derby. And they are also a dead heat in betting odds posted by the racebook manager at Bovada.
The head to head matchup odds are -115 for each horse. (See the latest Kentucky Derby odds and bet the Derby now.)
Among the dozen or so horse betting matchup lines, the Orb vs Vyjack matchup is the most one-sided. Orb starts from the lucky 16 gate, while Vyjack starts from the undesirable 20 gate.
This battle sees Orb as a -200 favorite. Verrazano is -180 against Vyjack for the same reasons.
One of the field’s fastest closers is also a big favorite to finish ahead of Vyjack in head to head matchups. Normandy Invasion, who nearly caught Verrazano in the Wood Memorial Stakes in April, is -165 as oddsmakers figure he will make a late dash and pass much of the field.
Check out the various Derby matchups below, courtesy of Bovada.
Normandy Invasion +115
Normandy Invasion +120
Normandy Invasion -110
Normandy Invasion EVEN
Normandy Invasion -165