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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.

Verrazano -115

Orb -115

Verrazano -140

Goldencents +110

Verrazano -125

Revolutionary -105

Verrazano -145

Normandy Invasion +115

Verrazano -180

Vyjack +150

Orb -155

Goldencents +125

Orb -125

Revolutionary -105

Orb -150

Normandy Invasion +120

Orb -200

Vyjack +160

Goldencents -110

Revolutionary -120

Goldencents -120

Normandy Invasion -110

Goldencents -175

Vyjack +145

Revolutionary -130

Normandy Invasion EVEN

Revolutionary -180

Vyjack +150

Normandy Invasion -165

Vyjack +135