The 2018 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday on May 5th with the main event posting at approx 6:34 PM ET. While the ML Kentucky Derby track odds have Justify as the at 3/1, he’s got some close company at the top of the fixed odds horse racing betting board.
2018 Kentucky Derby Odds & Betting Tiers
The 5Dimes’ 2018 Kentucky Derby Favorites
- Justify +330
- Mendelssohn +450 (pictured)
From the chosen 2018 Kentucky Derby betting favorites by 5Dimes oddsmakers, Mendelssohn is the play for purely economic reasons. Mendelssohn at +450 pays out more than Justify at +330. The last five Kentucky Derby’s were won by the favorite. And one of these top two horses may very well decide the fate of who will win the first jewel of the 2018 Triple Crown.
The 2nd Tier 2018 Kentucky Derby Favorites
- Magnum Moon +600
- Audible +625
- Bolt d’Oro +700
- Good Magic +900
Of the four second tier Kentucky Derby betting favorites, Bolt d’Oro offers the best odds comparable to the horse’s actual chance of winning. He was a 3 to 1 choice to win the Kentucky Derby during the winter. Bolt d’Oro had no shot to win the Santa Anita Derby. Not after Justify got away with a super easy lead.
The 2018 Kentucky Derby Middle Of The Pack Picks
- Vino Rosso +1400
- My Boy Jack +1500
Out of the middle of the pack of Kentucky Derby betting options, I’m partial to Vino Rosso pulling off the upset at +1400 over My Boy Jack pulling off the upset at +1500. The reason I like Vino Rosso is that I believe he’s got a ton of upside. The Wood Memorial win was fantastic. That came off a disappointing run in the Tampa Bay Derby. If Vino Rosso can move forward, he could upset Bolt d’Oro, Justify, and Mendelssohn for the win.
That’s not to write that My Boy Jack is without any shot at all. My Boy Jack won the Lexington. He goes into the Derby with hot hoofs. He also always puts forth a good effort.
So You Want To Bet On A 2018 Kentucky Derby Long Shot
- Hofburg +2000
- Solomini +2200
- Enticed +2300
- Noble Indy +2500
- Flameaway +3000
- Free Drop Billy +3500
- Lone Sailor +4500
- Promises Fulfilled +5000
- Bravazo +5000
- Firenze Fire +5500
- Combatant +6000
You are still reading, because you want a big Kentucky Derby betting payday by finding a long shot to win the 144th running of the roses. The long shots that I am betting on to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby are: Hofburg, Noble Indy, and Flameaway. Keep reading if you want to know why you too should put down a couple of bucks on my Derby long shot picks
Hofburg is trained by Bill Mott, the man who trained Cigar. His sire is Tapit. On his dam’s side is Touch Gold. Touch Gold won the 1997 Belmont Stakes. Hofburg broke his maiden. Then, he finished second to Audible in the Florida Derby. He’s got a lot of upside.
Noble Indy won the Louisiana Derby. He didn’t just win the race. He won the race after being a part of a ridiculously fast pace. Flameaway did all the running in the Bluegrass Stakes, the Derby prep won by
Good Magic. With some luck, who knows?