Horse Racing

Kentucky Derby: Carpe Diem Betting Odds

Despite failing to land a favorable post position on Wednesday, Carpe Diem remains one of the top horses worth betting for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs behind only Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s two favorites, American Pharoah and Dortmund.

That is because Carpe Diem has a quality trainer of his own in Todd Pletcher, who won the Derby in 2010 with Super Saver and has seen his latest three-year-old win the Blue Grass and Tampa Bay Derby in his last two starts.

[ Carpe Diem had 9/1 Derby odds after the draw. Get the latest lines at Sportsbook ]

Carpe Diem drew the No. 2 post position for the Kentucky Derby on Wednesday but was shifted to the No. 3 post position on Friday afternoon when El Kabeir was scratched from the field.

Despite that post position, there might just be some extra value on Carpe Diem for the race on Saturday since he was as low as 6/1 on April 15 after winning the Blue Grass at Keeneland.

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The Kentucky-bred chestnut colt will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey John Velasquez, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom and is a two-time Belmont Stakes Sportsbook. Carpe Diem is owned by WinStar Farm, which also produced Super Saver.