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Kentucky Derby Futures: Always Dreaming Slight Favorite

The Todd Pletcher trained Always Dreaming is the tepid betting favorite for the 143rd Kentucky Derby (G1), which is now just hours away from being contested under the historic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

The weather forecast is calling for considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. The chance of rain is 100%.

The main track for Kentucky Oaks Day on Friday was sloppy and was favoring speed early on the card, with closers picking up a few wins late including Abel Tasman in the Oaks, the filly going from last to first to pull off the upset.

First post on Derby Day is 10:30 ET with post time for the Run for the Roses set for 6:46 ET.

Florida Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming is the 9-2 betting favorite in early wagering at Bovada. The Todd Pletcher trainee will break from the five post with Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons.

Second choice in early Derby betting at Bovada is Classic Empire at 5-1. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner won the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park in his last prep.

Trained by Mark Casse, the colt will break from the 14 post with Julien Leparoux in the irons.

McCraken and Irish War Cry are the co-third choices in early Derby wagering at Bovada at 6-1.

The Ian Wilkes trained McCraken suffered his first defeat in a third-place finish in the Blue Grass 9G2) at Keeneland in his last outing. He won his first four career starts, three of those coming over the Churchill Downs main track.

Brian Hernandez Jr. seeks his first Derby victory and will break the son of Ghostzapper from the 15 post.

Irish War Cry is coming off an impressive victory in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct in his last outing. He is trained by Graham Motion, who saddled 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, who returned $43.20 to win.

Rajiv Maragh, who recently returned to riding after being on the sidelines for 16 months because of injuries he suffered in a spill will be aboard the colt and they will break from the 17 post.

Untrapped and State of Honor share honors for the biggest longshots in the field of 20, each at 50-1.

Post time for the Kentucky Derby, which is the 12th of 14 races on the Churchill Downs card is scheduled for 6:46 ET and will be broadcast live on NBC.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown for Odds Shark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
HorseOdds
Always Dreaming+450
Classic Empire+500
McCraken+600
Irish War Cry+600
Gunnevera+900
Hence+1600
Tapwrit+1600
Gormley+1800
Girvin+2000
Looking At Lee+2200
Thunder Snow+2200
Practical Joke+2200
Patch+2500
Irap+2800
Battle of Midway+2800
Sonneteer+3300
J. Boys Echo+3300
Fast and Accurate+4000
Untrapped+5000
State of Honor+5000

Article written on May 6, odds as of May 6 at Bovada

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The post position draw has been held, the contenders have their final works in the books and it is time for horseplayers to start looking for betting value in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) which will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Classic Empire is the current betting favorite at Bovada at +400 in the field of 20 that will break from the gate at 6:46 ET under the Twin Spires.

Under jockey Julian Leparoux, the colt will break from the 14 post.

The colt is coming off an impressive victory in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park in his final prep race. The Mark Casse trainee became the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall at Santa Anita.

However, it has not been smooth sailing this spring for the talented colt.

He returned to the races in February as the betting favorite in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park but finished a disappointing third. He came out of that race with a foot abscess and a sore back.

As other Derby hopefuls put in impressive efforts, the price on Classic Empire drifted up to 10-1 in early wagering at Bovada, but his Arkansas Derby victory stamped him as a major player.

Always Dreaming is nipping on his hoofs, the current second choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada at odds of +450. The colt drew the five post and the Todd Pletcher trainee will have Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez in the irons.

Pletcher will start three runners in the race, Tapwrit (+2500) and Patch (+3300) his other pair of runners. The trainer’s 1-for-45 record in the Run for the Roses is well documented. His best shot is with Always Dreaming, who won the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park in his last start, which was his stakes debut.

McCraken and Irish War Cry are co-third choices in the early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada at 6-1.

McCraken drew the 15 post with Brian Hernandez Jr. getting the return call for trainer Ian Wilkes. The colt won his first four career starts. He came out of his win in the Sam F. Davis (G3) with a minor ankle issue which forced him to miss his next intended start in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).

Instead he went to Keeneland for the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) where he checked in third behind Irap (+1800) and Practical Joke (+2000).

Irish War Cry will break from the 17 post with jockey Rajiv Maragh the pilot. The colt has won four of his five career starts, the lone blemish a dull effort in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park where he was beaten 21 3/4 lengths.

Sandwiched between that poor outing are two of the most impressive efforts we have seen on the Derby trail this spring, wins in the Holy Bull (G2) and most recently the Wood Memorial (G2).

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown for OddsShark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
HorseOdds
Classic Empire+425
Always Dreaming+450
McCraken+600
Irish War Cry+600
Gunnevera+1200
Girvin+1600
Hence+1600
Irap+1800
Thunder Snow+1800
Gormley+1800
Battle of Midway+2000
Practical Joke+2500
Tapwrit+2800
J. Boys Echo+2800
State of Honor+3300
Patch+3300
Looking at Lee+3300
Sonneteer+4000
Untrapped+5000
Fast and Accurate+6600

Article written on May 4, odds as of May 4 at Bovada

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After his disappointing three-year-old debut, a foot abscess, bad back and a couple of aborted workouts, many horseplayers were jumping off Classic Empire’s bandwagon, but the 2016 champion juvenile struck back in a big way.

The Mark Casse trainee won the $1-million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 15 and has returned to become a top contender again for the Kentucky Derby (G1) on the first Saturday of May.

The colt is the current co-favorite along with Always Dreaming at 5-1 in the latest odds released by Bovada.

Classic Empire was the rock-solid early betting favorite after his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall at Santa Anita, as low as 5-2.

However, his price drifted up to 12-1 after his third-place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park in February.

Just last week his odds were still at 12-1, but now he could end up the betting favorite for the Run for the Roses.

The colt earned a 94 Beyer Speed Figure for his win, rallying from the back of the pack to win by a half-length, running down long shot Conquest Mo Money.

Always Dreaming will go into the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the Florida Derby (G1) on April 1 that earned the Todd Pletcher trainee a 97 Beyer Speed Figure.

The colt was making his stakes debut in the Florida Derby and has now won three of his five career starts. Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez will be in the irons.

Irish War Cry remains the third choice in the early Kentucky Derby wagering at Bovada at 15-1. The colt has had a roller-coaster prep season.

He won the Holy Bull but then was beaten 21 ¾ lengths in the Fountain of Youth (G2) in his following start.

The colt drifted up to 22-1 after his poor effort, but rebounded with a victory in the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct on April 8 and his odds have steadily dropped.

Gunnevera and McCraken share fourth choice in early Derby betting at 10-1 and both will be dangerous.

The Antonio Sano-trained Gunnevera was a sharp winner of the Fountain of Youth and then was a rallying third in the Florida Derby in his final prep.

McCraken, trained by Ian Wilkes, won the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs and came up short in his last outing, a third-place finish in the Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown for OddsShark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
HorseOdds
Always Dreaming+400
Classic Empire +425
Irish War Cry+650
McCraken+650
Gunnevera+1200
Gormley+1600
Practical Joke+1600
Thunder Snow+1600
Girvin+1600
Hence+2200
Irap+2500
Tapwrit +2500
Lookin At Lee+2800
Battle of Midway+2800
J Boys Echo+3300
Sonneteer+3300
Patch+3300
State of Honor+4000
Untrapped+5000
Fast and Accurate+6600

Article written on April 18, odds as of May 2 at Bovada

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Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
HorseOdds
Classic Empire+400
Always Dreaming+500
Irish War Cry+800
Gunnevera+1000
McCraken+1000
Irap+1400
Tapwrit+1400
Gormley+1600
Battalion Runner+1600
Thunder Snow+1800
Malagacy+2000
Girvin+2000
Practical Joke+2000
Conquest Mo Money+2500
J Boys Echo+2800
Hence+2800
Lookin At Lee+5000
State of Honor+5000
Cloud Computing+5000
Patch+5000
Battle of Midway+5000
Sonneteer+5000
Royal Mo+5000
Untrapped+5000
Fast and Accurate+6600

Odds as of April 18 at Bovada

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It has been an unpredictable Road to the Kentucky Derby this year, and we could still see some twists and turns over the next three weeks, but for now Always Dreaming is your early betting favorite for the Run for the Roses.

The colt went into the Florida Derby (G1) with light speed figures and no stakes experience, but came out of the race with one of the most impressive victories in a Derby points race this spring and stamped his ticket to Louisville with a five-length victory.

The Todd Pletcher trainee is now the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby at Bovada at 6-1.

Closest in odds to the colt is Irish War Cry at 8-1. The Graham Motion trainee won the Holy Bull (G2) back in February but then threw in a real clunker in the Fountain of Youth (G2) where he was seventh and beaten 21 ¾ lengths.

He rebounded nicely by winning the Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct and looks back on track for Motion, who saddled 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.

The only contender that has a shot of overtaking the duo and become the betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby is Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Eclipse Award winner Classic Empire, who runs in Saturday’s $1-million Arkansas Derby (G1).

The colt became the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby after his Juvenile win, and remained the favorite until he checked in a disappointing third in the Holy Bull (G2) as the beaten chalk on Feb. 4.

A week later McCraken took over the role as the early favorite with his victory in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs.

Classic Empire is currently the third choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at 12-1, and a big performance on Saturday could garner him enough attention to end up the betting favorite.

The colt is currently sitting in 21st place in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings, so he needs a top-four finish just to get into the Derby field.

Among the foes he faces on Saturday is the Pletcher-trained Malagacy, who is 16-1 in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada. The colt won the Rebel (G2) over the Oaklawn Park main track in his last start.

The last two Arkansas Derby winners — Creator last year and American Pharoah in 2015 — exited runs in the Rebel.

McCraken is the co-third choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at 12-1. The colt had some minor issues after his Sam F. Davis score and came up short in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland where he checked in third.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Kentucky Derby for OddsShark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.

Kentucky Derby futures

Odds as of April 13 at Bovada

  • Always Dreaming +600
  • Irish War Cry +800
  • McCraken +1200
  • One Liner +1200
  • Classic Empire +1200
  • Gormley +1600
  • Gunnevera +1600
  • Girvin +1600
  • Practical Joke +1600
  • Malagacy +1600
  • Thunder Snow +1600
  • Battalion Runner +2000
  • Tapwrit +2500
  • J Boys Echo +2500
  • State Of Honor +2500
  • Cloud Computing +2500
  • Iliad +2500
  • Patch +2500
  • Battle of Midway +2500
  • Irap +2500
  • Hence +2500
  • American Anthem +3500
  • Petrov +3500
  • Untrapped +4000
  • West Coast +4000
  • Sonneteer +4000
  • Royal Mo +4000
  • Uncontested +5000
  • Silver Dust +5000
  • Three Rules +6000
  • Lookin At Lee +7500
  • Mo Town +8000
  • Guest Suite +8500

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The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire was a disappointing third in his three-year-old debut last Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Holy Bull (G2), and the once solid early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) has seen his price drift upward.

Down as low as 5-2 at some racebooks, he can now be had at Bovada at 7-1.

The colt won four of his five starts in 2016 and was named the Eclipse Award winner for outstanding juvenile, but did not fire his best in the Holy Bull.

The colt was hot in the post parade, balked going into the gate and ended up beaten 8 ¾ lengths for the top spot.

The colt still leads in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 32.

The winner of the Holy Bull was Irish War Cry, who took the field gate to wire and paid $10.80 to win. The colt is trained by Graham Motion, who won the 2011 Run for the Roses with Animal Kingdom.

Irish War Cry is now undefeated in three career starts, his first two wins coming at Laurel Park. He is currently the third choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada at odds of 9-1.

The Bob Baffert-trained Mastery is the second choice in early Derby wagering at Bovada at 8-1. The colt is perfect in his three career starts, taking the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in his last outing on Dec. 10.

We will see McCraken in action on Saturday as one of the betting favorites in the Sam F. Davis (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs. The colt is the current fourth choice in early Derby betting at 10-1. He is undefeated in three starts, taking the Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 26 in his last outing.

El Areeb, winner of last Saturday’s Withers (G3), is now at 12-1 and Royal Mo, who won the Robert B. Lewis (G3) last Saturday at Santa Anita, is down to 16-1 in early Derby wagering.

Kentucky Derby futures

Odds as of February 8 at Bovada

  • Classic Empire +700
  • Mastery +800
  • Irish War Cry +900
  • McCraken +1000
  • Unique Bella +1200
  • El Areeb +1200
  • Royal Mo +1600
  • Gormley +1600
  • Mo Town +1600
  • American Anthem +2000
  • Ann Arbor Eddie +2000
  • Battalion Runner +2000
  • Saints Fan +2000
  • Uncontested +2000
  • Gunnevera +2000
  • Guest Suite +2200
  • Fact Finding +2500
  • Hemsworth +2500
  • Practical Joke +2500
  • Beach Bum +2800
  • Faja +3300
  • Good Samaritan +3300

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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire is the early betting favorite for the 2017 Kentucky Derby (G1), currently at odds of 8-1.

The Mark Casse trainee was also installed as the 8-1 morning line favorite for Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager which is a parimutuel pool that opens on Thursday and closes at 6:00 ET on Sunday.

With two Road to the Kentucky Derby points races on tap on Saturday — the $300,000 Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct and the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs — the odds likely will fluctuate right up until Sunday evening.

You can lock in your odds now at Bovada, which is offering early Kentucky Derby wagering at fixed prices.

Classic Empire has won four of his five starts and is seeking to become the third Juvenile winner to win the Run for the Roses the following spring. Only Street Sense and Nyquist have won both races.

The Juvenile runner-up Not This Time was the second choice in early wagering but suffered a career-ending injury and has been retired.

Mastery has become the second choice in early Derby betting, currently at 16-1. The colt broke his maiden in his debut at Santa Anita and was an impressive winner of the Bob Hope Stakes (G3) at Del Mar on Nov. 19. The colt is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Practical Joke is the third choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada at 20-1. The colt won his first three career starts including the Champagne Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park in October and was third in the Juvenile, beaten by 7 ½ lengths.

Mo Town is the fourth choice in the betting at 25-1. Trained by Tony Dutrow, the colt broke his maiden by seven lengths in his second career outing on Sept. 24. 

Baffert’s Beach Bum, a recent impressive maiden winner in his debut, and Gormley, the winner of the Frontrunner Stakes (G1) and seventh in the Juvenile, are next in the betting at 28-1.

The 2017 Kentucky Debry will be contested at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6.  

Handicapper Michael Dempsey will be covering the Road to the Kentucky Derby for OddsShark and his full card reports with selections, analysis, fair odds line and wagering recommendations for major tracks can be found daily at turfnsport.com.  

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Classic Empire  +800
Mastery+1600
Practical Joke  +2000
Mo Town  +2500
Gormley+2800
Beach Bum  +2800
Theory+4000
Lookin At Lee  +4000
McCraken+4000
Takaful+4000
Good Samaritan  +4000
Big Gray Rocket  +5000
Klimt+7500
Three Rules  +7500
Ticonderoga+7500
Syndergaard+7500
Fact Finding  +7500
Hot Sean  +7500
J Boys Echo  +7500
Oscar Performance  +7500
Walk+8500
Favorable Outcome    +10000

Odds as of November 23 at Bovada

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The undefeated Nyquist drew the 13 post for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) and remains the early betting favorite at odds of +225.

A full field of 20 will go the starting gate under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening with a post time of 6:34 ET. The Derby is the 12th race on an outstanding 14-race betting card that kicks off at 10:30am ET.

Nyquist will have Mario Gutierrez aboard, looking for his eighth consecutive victory. The Doug O’Neill trainee won the Florida Derby (G1) on April 2 in his last start, recapturing the role as the early betting favorite from Mohaymen, who finished fourth.

O’Neill and Gutierrez teamed up to win the 2012 Run for the Roses.

Santa Anita Derby (G1) victor Exaggerator drew post 11 and will be saddled by trainer Keith Desormeaux, who will give a leg up to his brother Kent, a Hall of Fame jockey.

Beaten by Nyquist in the San Vicente (G2) and then by Danzing Candy and Mor Spirit in the San Felipe (G2), Exaggerator then trounced the field in the Santa Anita Derby by 6 ¼ lengths over a sloppy main track. His current betting odds for the Derby are +650.

Mohaymen won his first five starts and was the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby, but he did not fire his best in a fourth place finish in the Florida Derby and has seen his price drift up from a low of +225 on March 10 up to his current price of +1000.

The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee drew post 14 with his regular rider Junior Alvarado in the irons.

Gun Runner is now at betting odds of +1000 in early Derby wagering at Bovada. The Steve Asmussen trainee drew post 5 and is coming off a victory in the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds in his last outing on March 26.

Check out Bovada for the latest betting odds for the Kentucky Derby.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day at turfnsport.com. Oddsshark readers can use the coupon code “sport” for 20% off reports!

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Nyquist+225
Exaggerator+650
Mohaymen+1000
Gun Runner+1000
Mor Spirit+1400
Destin+1600
Brody's Cause+1800
Outwork+1800
Creator+2000
My Man Sam+2000
Suddenbreakingnews+2200
Whitmore+2500
Danzing Candy+2500
Mo Tom+2500
Lani+3300
Majesto+4000
Tom's Ready+4000
Trojan Nation+4000
Oscar Nominated+4000
Shagaf+5000

Odds as of May 7 at Bovada

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While the undefeated Nyquist remains the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) at 10-3 with just two weeks to go before the race, we might see Mohaymen start to cut into the gap over the next week after he wowed the clockers on Wednesday morning.

The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee was the beaten favorite in the Florida Derby (G1) where he was beaten 8 ¼ lengths, and saw Nyquist pass him by as the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Mohaymen currently stands at 8-1 at Bovada.

Under exercise rider Miguel Jamie, the colt worked four furlongs in 46 4/5 seconds, the best of 27 working that distance, and his team could not have been happier.

Assistant trainer Neal McLaughlin simply said, “That gave me goosebumps That was a 'wow' breeze."

Mohaymen was getting hammered in the early betting for the Kentucky Derby at Bovada after his victories in the Holy Bull (G2) and Fountain of Youth (G2), but his disappointing effort in the Florida Derby had some bettors jumping off his bandwagon.

The Gulfstream Park racing surface did get some rain on Florida Derby Day and he may not have cared for the going, but he certainly took to the Churchill Downs main track on Wednesday morning.

Exaggerator is the co-second choice for the Kentucky Derby at 8-1, and it would not be a surprise to see him cut into Nyquist’s margin over the next two weeks as well.

His 103 Beyer Speed Figure he earned in his Santa Anita Derby (G1) victory was the highest of any prep race this year.

A month ago it looked as if Mohaymen and Nyquist would be taking most of the betting action, but now the race looks wide open.

Gun Runner is 10-1 in Derby betting. The colt was last seen winning the Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 26 and will be attempting to win the Roses off a six week break, not an easy task.

Brody’s Cause looked done after his disappointing seventh place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) but rebounded with a big effort winning the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland and his price has dropped back down to 12-1.

With Cupid declared out due to throat surgery, that allowed Mo Tom to get into the field. The Tom Amoss trained colt had troubled trips in both the Risen Star (G2) where he was third and the Louisiana Derby where he was fourth.

A cleaner trip could put him in the mix and his current early Derby betting odds are 16-1.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Keeneland daily and selections for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Nyquist+333
Exaggerator+800
Mohaymen+800
Gun Runner+1000
Brodys Cause+1200
Destin+1400
Mo Tom+1600
Suddenbreakingnews+1600
Mor Spirit+1800
Outwork+2000
Creator+2000
Danzing Candy+2500
Shagaf+2500
My Man Sam+2500
Swipe+3300
Lani+3000
Smokey Image+3300
Chery Wine+4000
Gift Box+4000
Matt King Coal+4000
Zulu+5000
Whitmore+5000
Dazzling Gem+5000
Toms Ready+5000
Airoforce+5000
Cocked and Loaded+5000
Flexibility+5000
Greenpointcrusader+6600
Adventist+6600
Disreetness+6600
Collected+6600

Odds as of April 21 at Bovada

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Three major Kentucky Derby prep races were decided last Saturday and Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Exaggerator was the big mover in early Kentucky Derby betting odds at Bovada going from 35-1 on April 5 down to 15-2 as of Wednesday.

Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent, the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin turned the tables on Danzing Candy and Mor Spirit, who had finished ahead of him in the San Felipe (G2) on March 12.

Over a sloppy main track, the colt swept to the lead in the upper stretch and drew away to win by 6 ¼ lengths, with Mor Spirit second, Uncle Lino third and Danzing Candy fourth.

His 103 Beyer Speed Figure was the top number earned in any Road to the Kentucky Derby points race and sends the colt to Louisville as one of the major contenders.

Outwork won the $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct, with his early Kentucky Derby betting odds dropping from 25-1 to 18-1 at Bovada.

The Todd Pletcher trainee had run second to his stablemate Destin in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) in his previous outing. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93 for his victory.

Brody’s Cause rebounded from his dull effort in the Tampa Bay Derby where he was sent off as the betting favorite, winning the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, earning 100 points which puts him up to fifth in the Derby points standings.

The Dale Romans trainee is now at odds of 19-2 in early Kentucky Derby wagering at Bovada. The colt was 35-1 last week.

The undefeated Nyquist remains the early betting favorite for the Run for the Roses at odds of 3-1. His final prep was a sharp score in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 2.

He overtook Mohaymen, who had been the early favorite since his win in January in the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park. He suffered his first career loss when fourth in the Florida Derby.

The last major Kentucky Derby points race is slated for Saturday. The $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) will offer up 100-40-20-10 points toward entry into the field. The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 starters and Adventist is currently 20th with 32 points.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Keeneland daily and selections for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day at turfnsport.com.

Note - Article and odds originally published on April 13.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Nyquist+300
Exaggerator+750
Mohaymen+800
Brodys Cause+950
Gun Runner+1200
Destin+1400
Mor Spirit+1500
Cupid+1600
Mo Tom+1600
Outwork+1800
Danzing Candy+2200
Shagaf+2500
Swipe+2500
Lani+3000
Smokey Image+3300
Zulu+3500
Chery Wine+3500
Suddenbreakingnews+4000
Toms Ready+4000
Whitmore+4000
Gift Box+4000
Greenpointcrusader+4500
Airoforce+4500
Cocked and Loaded+4500
Flexibility+5000
Awesome Banner+5000
Riker+5000
Adventist+5500
Disreetness+6000
Collected+6600

Odds as of April 13 at Bovada

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The reign as early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1) for Mohaymen ended abruptly on Saturday when the colt suffered his first career defeat at the hands of 2015 Eclipse Award winner Nyquist in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1).

The two went into the Florida Derby undefeated and the first and second choices for the Run for the Roses, with Mohaymen at 7-2 and Nyquist at 8-1 at Bovada in early Kentucky Derby betting.

The Doug O’Neill trained Nyquist took the field gate to wire as the second choice in the betting at 6-5, while the showdown in the stretch with Mohaymen never materialized as the colt faded to finish fourth.

Mohaymen came into the Florida Derby off back to back wins at Gulfstream Park, taking the Holy Bull (G2) and Fountain of Youth (G2). Nyquist shipped in from Southern California off a win in the San Vicente (G2), which was his first start since taking the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last October at Keeneland.

It was the first time in decades the top two early favorites for the Kentucky Debry met in their final prep before the first Saturday of May.

Nyquist won by 3 ¼ lengths with jockey Mario Gutierrez aboard. The colt earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94, lower than the 101 he earned in his San Vicente victory.

Nyquist is now the early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby at Bovada at odds of 11-4. Mohaymen has drifted up to 8-1, still good for second choice in early Derby wagering.

Next in line are Danzing Candy and Mor Sprit, the co-third choices at 12-1. Both will be in action on Saturday, facing each other in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1).

Nyquist earned 100 points and moved up to second in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings. Mohaymen is safely in the Derby field as well with 80 points, good for fourth in the standings.

Right now the cut off is 20 points, but there are still five points races left to be decided, three major preps coming up on Saturday.

The $1 million Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) at Santa Anita and the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland all offer 100-40-20-10 points toward entry into this year’s field for the Run for the Roses.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Keeneland daily and selections for all the major Kentucky Derby prep races at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Nyquist+275
Mohaymen+800
Danzing Candy+1200
Gun Runner+1400
Mo Tom+1600
Destin+2000
Cupid+2000
Suddenbreakingnews+2000
Zulu+2500
Outwork+2500
Lani+3000
Swipe+3000
Brodys Cause+3500
Exaggerator+3500
Smokey Image+3300
Chery Wine+3300
Toms Ready+3300
Greenpointcrusader+3300
Airoforce+3300
Cocked and Loaded+3300
Whitmore+4000
Gift Box+4000
Flexibility+5000
Collected+5000
Awesome Banner+5000
Disreetness+5000
Adventist+5000
Rikeys+5000

Odds as of April 6 at Bovada

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Mor Spirit, who is currently the third choice in early Kentucky Derby wagering at BetOnline at +900 will be in action on Saturday as the likely wagering favorite in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita.

The race is one of two Road to the Kentucky Derby points races on tap on Saturday. A field of 10 will line up in the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs.

The top four finishers of each race will earn 50-20-10-5 points toward entry into the Run for the Roses. A victory virtually assures a starting spot in the gate for the Kentucky Derby (G1), now less than two months away.

Mor Spirit is currently fifth in the points standings with 24 and is coming off a victory in the Robert B. Lewis (G2) in his last outing. A top three finish on Saturday would likely be enough stamp his ticket to Louisville.

Among his foes will be Uncle Lino, who was second in the Lewis, and Exaggerator, who ran second to Nyquist in the San Vicente (G2) in his most recent outing on Feb. 15.

The Tampa Bay Derby will mark the three-year-old debut of Brody’s Cause, who makes his first start since running third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last October at Keeneland.

The Dale Romans trainee is 13th in the point standings with 14, 10 coming in his victory in the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) last fall. His current early Derby betting odds at BetOnline is +1600.

He faces a talented runner in the Todd Pletcher trained Destin, winner of the Sam F. Davis (G3) in his last start. Rafting and Morning Fire, the runner up and third place finisher in the Davis are back looking to turn the tables.

The undefeated Mohaymen continues to take the most action in early Kentucky Derby betting at BetOnline, his current price at +225. His next start comes in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on April 2.

The second choice in the early betting is Nyquist at +500. The winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is also undefeated and pointing toward the Florida Derby.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Gulfstream Park daily and selections for all the major Kentucky Derby prep races at turfnsport.com

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Mohaymen+225
Nyquist+500
Mor Spirit+900
Smokey Image+1500
Suddenbreakingnews+1500
Brody's Cause+1600
Matt King Coal+1600
Zulu+1800
Greenpointcrusader+1800
Shagaf+1800
Gun Runner+2000
Swipe+2000
Exaggerator+2000
Mo Tom+2200
Destin+2200
Whitmore+2500
Flexibility+3500
Cherry Wine+3500
Danzing Candy+3500
Collected+3500
American Dubai+3500
Airoforce+4000
Battery+4000
Gift Box+4500
Awesome Speed+4500
Drefong+4500
Synchrony+5000
Discreetness+5000
Charmed Victory+5000
Vorticity+5500
Annual Report+6000
Sail Ahoy+6500
Cocked and Loaded+6500
Tom's Ready+6500
Conquest Big E+7500
Gettysburg+7500
Toews on Ice+7500
Get Jets+7500
Awesome Banner+10000
Unbridled Outlaw+10000
Riker+10000

Odds as of March 10 at BetOnline

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The undefeated Mohaymen remains the early wagering favorite for the Kentucky Derby (G1), currently at betting odds of 7-2.

That price could go even lower with a big performance on Saturday. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainee is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

The Fountain of Youth is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points races, with 50-20-10-5 points up for grabs toward entry into the Run for the Roses, which is now just over two months away.

The race also serves as a prep for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) which will be contested on April 2, a race Mohaymen would likely use as a final prep for the Kentucky Derby.

The second choice in early Derby betting at Bovada at 7-1 is Nyquist, last year’s Eclipse Award winner for top juvenile. The colt was perfect in five starts last year capping the year off with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Trained by Doug O’Neill, the colt made his three-year-old debut a winning one by taking the San Vicente (G2) at Santa Anita on Feb. 15. He is being pointed toward the Florida Derby for his next start.

Mor Spirit has seen his price at Bovada drop to 10-1, good for third choice in the early Derby betting. The colt won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in his final start as a juvenile and won the Robert B. Lewis (G3) at Santa Anita in his first start of 2016.

He is trained by Bob Baffert, who won the Triple Crown last year with American Pharoah. The next start for Mor Spirit likely will come in the San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita on March 12.

Handicapper Michael Dempsey provides his full card analysis for Gulfstream Park daily and selections for all the major Kentucky Derby prep races at turfnsport.com.

Odds to Win Kentucky Derby
TeamOdds
Mohaymen+350
Nyquist+700
Mor Spirit+1000
Hit It A Bomb+1400
Swipe+1600
Brodys Cause+1600
Exaggerator+2000
Zulu+2000
Greenpointcrusader+2500
Smokey Image+2500
Cocked and Loaded+2500
Mo Tom+2500
Gun Runner;+2500
Airoforce+3300
Shagaf+3300
Lani+3300
Awesome Banner+3300
Danzing Candy+3300
Gift Box+3300
Flexibility+4000
Lets Meet In Rio+4000
Cherry Wine+4000
Sea Wizard+4000
Discreetness+5000
Gettysburg+5000

Odds as of February 26 at Bovada

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With two hours before the start of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs it's now American Pharoah sitting as the 3/1 favorite on the odds to win the race at online sportsbook Bovada, with Dortmund set at 17/4 odds and Carpe Diem third at 7/1 odds.

Firing Line has then moved up to a strong fourth on the odds to win the Kentucky Derby at Bovada at 9/1, with Frosted and Materiality both at 12/1, Mubtaahij at 14/1, and Upstart up to 18/1. Danzig Moon is sitting at 20/1 odds to win the first Triple Crown race of the season at Churchill Downs, with Ocho Ocho Ocho next on the list at 25/1 odds. Bolo and Itsaknockout are then holding down 33/1 odds.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Bovada as of May 2
  • 1. OCHO OCHO OCHO (E. Trujillo / J. Cassidy) 25/1
  • 2. CARPE DIEM (J. Velazquez / T. Pletcher) 7/1
  • 3. MATERIALITY (J. Castellano / T. Pletcher) 12/1
  • 4. TENCENDUR (M. Franco / G. Weaver) 40/1
  • 5. DANZIG MOON (J. Leparoux / M. Casse) 20/1
  • 6. MUBTAAHIJ (C. Soumillion / M. de Kock) 14/1
  • 8. DORTMUND (M. Garcia / B. Baffert) 17/4
  • 9. BOLO (R. Bejarano / C. Gaines) 33/1
  • 10. FIRING LINE (G. Stevens / S. Callaghan) 9/1
  • 13. ITSAKNOCKOUT (L. Saez / T. Pletcher) 33/1
  • 14. KEEN ICE (K. Desormeaux / D. Romans) 40/1
  • 15. FROSTED (J. Rosario / K. McLaughlin) 12/1
  • 16. WAR STORY (J. Talarno / T. Arnoss) 50/1
  • 17. Mr. Z (R. Vazquez / D. Wayne Lukas) 50/1
  • 18. AMERICAN PHAROAH (V. Espinoza / B. Baffert) 3/1
  • 19. UPSTART (J. Ortiz / R. Violette Jr.) 18/1
  • 20. FAR RIGHT (M. Smith / R. Moquett) 40/1
  • 21. FRAMMENTO (C. Nakatani / N. Zito) 75/1

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With the 2015 Kentucky Derby hitting the gates at Churchill Downs late on Saturday afternoon it's still American Pharoah set as the betting favorite for the race at the sportsbooks, with Dortmund a close second.

Editor's Note: A third horse, International Star, was scratched from the field for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday morning.

At Bovada American Pharoah is set as the 13/5 favorite on the updated odds to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, with Dortmund next at 15/4 on those race odds. Carpe Diem is then at 7/1 at Bovada, followed by Frosted and Firing Line at 12/1, Materiality and Mubtaahij at 14/1, and Upstart and Ocho Ocho Ocho at 25/1. Frammento, who entered the field for the Kentucky Derby when Stanford was scratched on Thursday, is the longshot at odds of 66/1 at the sportsbook.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Bovada as of May 2
  • 1. OCHO OCHO OCHO (E. Trujillo / J. Cassidy) 25/1
  • 2. CARPE DIEM (J. Velazquez / T. Pletcher) 7/1
  • 3. MATERIALITY (J. Castellano / T. Pletcher) 14/1
  • 4. TENCENDUR (M. Franco / G. Weaver) 40/1
  • 5. DANZIG MOON (J. Leparoux / M. Casse) 25/1
  • 6. MUBTAAHIJ (C. Soumillion / M. de Kock) 14/1
  • 8. DORTMUND (M. Garcia / B. Baffert) 15/4
  • 9. BOLO (R. Bejarano / C. Gaines) 33/1
  • 10. FIRING LINE (G. Stevens / S. Callaghan) 12/1
  • 13. ITSAKNOCKOUT (L. Saez / T. Pletcher) 33/1
  • 14. KEEN ICE (K. Desormeaux / D. Romans) 40/1
  • 15. FROSTED (J. Rosario / K. McLaughlin) 12/1
  • 16. WAR STORY (J. Talarno / T. Arnoss) 50/1
  • 17. Mr. Z (R. Vazquez / D. Wayne Lukas) 50/1
  • 18. AMERICAN PHAROAH (V. Espinoza / B. Baffert) 13/5
  • 19. UPSTART (J. Ortiz / R. Violette Jr.) 25/1
  • 20. FAR RIGHT (M. Smith / R. Moquett) 40/1
  • 21. FRAMMENTO (C. Nakatani / N. Zito) 66/1

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With post positions getting drawn for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday night, American Pharoah remains the betting favorite for the race at 9/4 at Bovada.

The Bob Baffert trainee, who had dropped as low as 2/1 in early Derby betting at Bovada, comes into the Run for the Roses off a pair of dominating performances at Oaklawn Park.

The colt won the Rebel Stakes (G2) in his three-year-old debut on March 14 by 6 ¼ lengths and followed that up by winning the Arkansas Derby (G1) by eight lengths. Victor Espinoza, who was aboard last year’s winner California Chrome, is looking for his second Derby victory in a row.

Dortmund remains the second choice at Bovada at 9/2. The undefeated son of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown is also trained by the Hall of Famer Baffert.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) winner Carpe Diem remains the third choice in early Kentucky Derby wagering at Bovada at 7/1. The colt is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has a one for 40 record in the race. His lone win came with Super Saver in 2010.

International Star, who finished first in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 171, has dropped from 20/1 last week to 18/1.

Pletcher’s Materiality, the undefeated Florida Derby (G1) winner, dropped a couple of points this week from 14/1 to 12/1.

Bovada is offering early wagering on the Kentucky Derby and will have a full menu of prop wagers for the big race. They offer a 5% rebate on all exotic wagering as well as a generous sign-up bonus for new players.

Check out the OddsShark Kentucky Derby Guide for the latest handicapping news and odds.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of April 29:

American Pharoah 9/4
Dortmund 9/2
Carpe Diem 7/1
Materiality 12/1
Mubtaahij 14/1
Firing Line 18/1
Frosted 18/1
International Star 18/1
Upstart 22/1
El Kabeir 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Itsaknockout 33/1
Bolo 40/1
Danzig Moon 40/1
Mr Z 40/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 40/1
Keen Ice 50/1
War Story 50/1
Stanford 66/1
Tencendur 66/1

Michael Dempsey will be providing full analysis of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day cards at turfnsport.com.

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There has not been much change in the Kentucky Derby betting odds in the past week, with American Pharoah remaining the solid betting choice at 13/5 at Bovada.

The closest pursuer to the Arkansas Derby (G1) winner is his stablemate Dortmund, who sits at betting odds of 4/1. Both are trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, a three-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer.

Dortmund is undefeated in six career starts, winning the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his most recent start on April 4.

The third choice in the wagering at Bovada is Carpe Diem, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1) in his last two starts. His price drifted up to 15/2 from last week’s 6/1 odds.

Mubtaahij took some serious betting action after his win in the UAE Derby (G2) in Dubai on March 28, offered last week at 9/1. His price has drifted upward as expected and is currently at 10/1.

International Star, who finished first in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings with 171 has drifted up from 16/1 last week to his current odds of 20/1. Trained by Mike Maker, the colt comes into Louisville riding a three race winning streak, taking the Louisiana Derby (G2) in his last outing.

Bovada is offering early wagering on the Kentucky Derby and will have a full menu of prop wagers for the big race. They offer a 5% rebate on all exotic wagering as well as a generous signup bonus for new players.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of April 26:

American Pharoah 13/5
Dortmund 4/1
Carpe Diem 15/2
Mubtaahij 10/1
Materiality 14/1
Firing Line 16/1
Frosted 16/1
International Star 20/1
Upstart 20/1
El Kabeir 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Bolo 40/1
Danzig Moon 40/1
Itsaknockout 40/1
Mr Z 40/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 40/1
Keen Ice 50/1
Ocean Knight 66/1
Tencendur 66/1

Michael Dempsey will be providing full analysis of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day cards at turfnsport.com.

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby points races are in the books and the field for the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 2 is taking shape.

International Star finished on top of the Road to the Derby points standings with 171 by virtue of sweeping the three Derby points races at Fair Grounds – the LeComte (G3), Risen Star (G2) and Louisiana Derby (G2), but is relegated to eighth choice in early Kentucky Derby betting at Bovada at 16/1.

American Pharoah has become the solid betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby at Bovada at 2/1, dropping from 9/2 last week thanks to his impressive victory in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park last Saturday.

The Bob Baffert trainee drew away from his competition to win by eight lengths. Far Right completed the exacta that returned just $7.00.

Baffert will also saddle the second choice in the Kentucky Derby in the undefeated Dortmund, winner of the Santa Anita Derby (G1) in his last outing. The colt is perfect in six career starts.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of April 15:

American Pharoah 2/1
Dortmund 9/2
Carpe Diem 6/1
Materiality 9/1
Mubtaahij 9/1
Firing Line 14/1
Frosted 14/1
International Star 16/1
Upstart 16/1
El Kabeir 25/1
Itsaknockout 25/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
One Lucky Dane 25/1
Danzig Moon 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Ocean Knight 33/1
Tencendur 33/1
Imperia 40/1
Mr Z 50/1

Michael Dempsey will be providing full analysis of the Kentucky Oaks and Derby Day cards at turfnsport.com.

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The big movers in Kentucky Derby wagering this week were the big winners from last Saturday’s prep races.

In Dubai, Mubtaahij rolled to an eight-length victory in the $2 million UAE Derby (G2), earning 100 Derby points which stamped his ticket to Louisville on the first Saturday of May.

While international runners have not had much of an impact in the Run for the Roses, this colt is a talented well-bred runner owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al-Maktoum and is in the barn of one of the world’s top trainers in Michael DeKock.

The colt has dropped to Kentucky Derby betting odds of 12-1 at Bovada, good for third choice.

Materiality gives trainer Todd Pletcher another major contender for the Kentucky Derby after his victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

The son of Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Afleet Alex, the colt was making just his third career start and first in a graded stake. His early Derby odds stand at 14-1, co-fourth choice in the wagering at Bovada.

If Materiality were to win the Kentucky Derby, he would become the first to do so without running as a juvenile since Apollo in 1882.

International Star saw his Kentucky Derby future odds actually go up from 20/1 to 22/1 after his victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds. The colt completed a sweep of the Derby preps at the New Orleans racetrack, also winning the LeComte (G3) and Risen Star (G2).

The colt is first in the 2015 Kentucky Derby Points Standings with 171.

American Pharoah remains the betting favorite at 9/2 and makes his final Derby prep on April 11 in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

Among those in action this week include Dortmund (15/2), who goes in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1), and Carpe Diem (14/1), who will likely be the short priced favorite in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of April 1:

American Pharoah 9/2
Dortmund 15/2
Mubtaahij 12/1
Materiality 14/1
Carpe Diem 14/1
Firing Line 18/1
Upstart 20/1
Khozan 20/1
International Star 22/1
Dubai Sky 24/1
Prospect Park 25/1
Far From Over 25/1
Competitive Edge 28/1
One Lucky Dane 28/1
El Kabeir 30/1
Bolo 30/1
Startup Nation 33/1
Unrivaled 33/1
West Indian 33/1
Far Right 33/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 40/1
Cozmic One 40/1
Daredevil 40/1
Ocean Knight 40/1
Itsaknockout 40/1
War Story 40/1
Maftool 45/1
I Spent It 45/1
Imperia 45/1
Lord Nelson 45/1
Dream It Again 45/1
Keen Ice 50/1
Frosted 50/1
Prayers And Angles 50/1
Mr Z 50/1

Michael Dempsey provides full analysis of Kentucky Derby prep races at turfnsport.com.

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American Pharoah remains the favorite on the odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby this week, with his price dropping to 4/1 at Bovada. The Bob Baffert trainee makes his final prep in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 11.

American Pharoah's stablemate Dortmund remains the second choice, his price dropping from 7/1 last week at Bovada to 6/1. His final prep for the Run for the Roses comes in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 4.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of March 24:

American Pharoah 4/1
Dortmund 6/1
Carpe Diem 10/1
Firing Line 15/1
Dubai Sky 16/1
Far From Over 20/1
El Kabeir 20/1
Competitive Edge 20/1
Khozan 20/1
Upstart 20/1
International Star 20/1
Itsaknockout 20/1
Prospect Park 20/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
Daredevil 25/1
Ocean Knight 25/1
Far Right 30/1
I Spent It 33/1
Lord Nelson 33/1
Startup Nation 33/1
Dream It Again 33/1
Frosted 33/1
Imperia 33/1
Maftool 33/1
Unrivaled 33/1
Cozmic One 40/1
War Story 40/1
Prayers And Angles 50/1
Mr Z 50/1

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After sharing top honors in early Kentucky Derby wagering with his stablemate Dortmund the past couple of week, American Pharoah took back status as favorite with his impressive victory last Saturday at Oaklawn Park in the Rebel Stakes (G2).

Making his first start since winning the Frontrunner (G1) on Sept. 27, the Bob Baffert trainee trounced his foes in the Rebel by 6 ¼ lengths, his early betting odds for the Kentucky Derby dropping from 8/1 to 9/2 at Bovada.

More importantly, the colt earned 50 Derby points for the win, moving him up to fifth in the Road to the Derby Points Standings with 60, assuring a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday of May.

His final Derby prep comes in the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park on April 11.

Dortmund saw his price drop from 8/1 to 7/1 this week at Bovada. The undefeated colt will make his final Derby prep in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 4.

The Todd Pletcher trained Carpe Diem continued to take betting action at Bovada. The colt was 20/1 a couple of weeks ago and dropped to 12/1 after his win in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on March 7. He dropped another couple of points this week and is the third choice among Kentucky Derby contenders at 10/1.

His final prep for Louisville will come in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on April 4.

There are two Derby points races on tap this weekend. On Saturday is the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park. A field of 11 will head to the gate led by the Todd Pletcher trained Royal Son, who is the 7/2 morning line favorite.

On Sunday, Firing Line leads the field in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3). The colt lost photos to the highly regarded Dortmund in his last two starts in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert B. Lewis (G3). The Simon Callaghan trainee is currently listed at early Kentucky Derby odds of 25/1 at Bovada.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of March 18:

American Pharoah 9/2
Dortmund 7/1
Carpe Diem 10/1
El Kabeir 20/1
Upstart 20/1
Competitive Edge 20/1
Far From Over 20/1
Itsaknockout 20/1
Khozan 20/1
Prospect Park 20/1
Daredevil 25/1
Ocean Knight 25/1
Far Right 25/1
Firing Line 25/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
International Star 25/1
Mubtaahij 25/1
I Spent It 33/1
Lord Nelson 33/1
Startup Nation 33/1
Dream It Again 33/1
Cozmic One 33/1
Frosted 33/1
Imperia 33/1
Hootenanny 33/1
War Story 40/1
Prayers And Angles 50/1
Mr Z 50/1

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American Pharoah now has company atop the odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, with Dortmund now listed as the co-favorite at the online sportsbooks to race to the victory in the first Triple Crown event of the season on May 2.

At Bovada American Pharoah and Dortmund are now both listed at 8/1 on the odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby, with Dortmund's odds having improved from their 12/1 line of two weeks ago. Texas Red and Carpe Diem are both set at 12/1 on the latest update at the sportsbook, with Texas Red stable and Carpe Diem up from 16/1 odds.

El Kabeir and Upstart are both then listed at 16/1 on the latest Kentucky Derby 2015 odds at Bovada, followed by each of Competitive Edge, Far From Over, International Star, Prospect Park, and Khozan at 20/1. Khozan had been at 16/1 two weeks ago at the sportsbook; Itsaknockout fell from 16/1 two weeks ago to 25/1 at this update.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of March 10:

American Pharoah 8/1
Dortmund 8/1
Carpe Diem 12/1
Texas Red 12/1
El Kabeir 16/1
Upstart 16/1
Competitive Edge 20/1
Far From Over 20/1
International Star 20/1
Khozan 20/1
Prospect Park 20/1
Far Right 25/1
Firing Line 25/1
Itsaknockout 25/1
Ocean Knight 25/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
Daredevil 33/1
Hootenanny 33/1
Lord Nelson 33/1
Mubtaahij 33/1
My Point Exactly 25/1
Startup Nation 33/1
Cozmic One 40/1
Dream It Again 40/1
Frosted 40/1
Imperia 40/1
I Spent It 40/1
War Story 40/1
Mr Z 50/1
Prayers And Angles 50/1

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American Pharoah has become an even bigger favorite on the odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at the online sportsbooks as we approach the end of the month of February, while Upstart has also seen an odds improvement over the last couple of weeks.

At Bovada American Pharoah has improved from the 10/1 favorite to the 8/1 favorite on the odds to win the 2015 Kentucky Derby, with Upstart now joining both Dortmund and Texas Red at 12/1 odds. Upstart had been back at 16/1 odds on those Kentucky Derby betting lines just two weeks ago.

Carpe Diem, Itsaknockout, and Khozan are all then at 16/1 on the latest 2015 Kentucky Derby odds at Bovada, with Competitive Edge, Daredevil, Far From Over, and International Star listed at 20/1, and El Kabeir in a group of horses set at 25/1 odds to win the race.

Odds to Win 2015 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs at Bovada as of February 25:

American Pharoah 8/1
Dortmund 12/1
Texas Red 12/1
Upstart 12/1
Carpe Diem 16/1
Itsaknockout 16/1
Khozan 16/1
Competitive Edge 20/1
Daredevil 20/1
Far From Over 20/1
International Star 20/1
El Kabeir 25/1
Far Right 25/1
Firing Line 25/1
Lord Nelson 25/1
My Point Exactly 25/1
Ocean Knight 25/1
Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
Overcontrol 25/1
Cozmic One 33/1
Hootenanny 33/1
Jess's Dream 33/1
Startup Nation 33/1
The Great War 33/1
Big Trouble 40/1
Dream It Again 40/1
Frosted 40/1
Gorgeous Bird 40/1
I Spent It 40/1
Imperia 40/1
Mr Z 40/1
Prospect Park 40/1
The Gomper 40/1
Acceptance 50/1
Prayers And Angles 50/1
Blame Game 60/1
Indianaughty 60/1
J S Bach 60/1
Madefromlucky 60/1
Prime Engine 60/1
Danny Boy 100/1
Spring Quality 100/1

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