2017 Kentucky Derby Odds and Expert Picks

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds and Expert Picks

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds and Expert Picks

With the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby getting underway on Saturday, May 6th live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, now is the perfect time for some expert betting picks on the most prestigious horse racing event in North America.

Let’s get to it.

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds and Expert Picks

What: 2017 Kentucky Derby
When: May 6, 2017
Start Time: 6:34 PM ET
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: Churchill Downs
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

The Early Odds-On Favorite To Win The 2017 Kentuck Derby: Classic Empire +400

Classic Empire finished the 2016 season as the best juvenile in the country after winning the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), but you should know that Juvenile winners have struggled to win the Kentucky Derby in recent times with only Street Sense (2007) and Nyquist (2016) being able to win both races. Unfortunately, Classic Empire finished third behind Irish War Cry and Gunnevera in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on Feb. 4, mostly because of a foot abscess. Nevertheless, Classic Empire has been installed as the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby after looking fully recovered by winning last week’s Arkansas Derby.

The Early Smart Pick To Win The 2017 Kentucky Derby: Always Dreaming +500

Always Dreaming has recorded three consecutive first place finishes, most recently winning the Xpressbet Florida Derby on April 1 where he won by five lengths over State of Honor and Gunnevera. Many horse racing bettor believe that Always Dreaming should be the favorite at the Kentucky Derby and it’ easy to see why seeing as how he’s won three of his career five races while never finishing lower than third place.

The Value Pick To Win The 2017 Kentucky Derby: Irish War Cry +800

Irish War Cry is definitely a legitimate contender seeing as how he’s won two of his last three races while bouncing back nicely from a seventh place finish at the Xpressbet the Fountain of Youth race at Gulfstream Park on March 4 to win the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 8. Irish War Cry also won the Holy Bull Stakes on Feb. 4 and has the talent to run with anyone.

The Longshot Pick To Win The 2017 Kentucky Derby: Malagacy +2000

So what, Malagacy never raced as a 2-year-old a year ago, the now three-year-old thoroughbred won the Rebel Stakes on March 18 in his very first race before finishing fifth in the Arkansas Derby last weekend.

More importantly, trainer Todd Pletcher says Malagacy is the kind of horse that runs best when he faces elite competition and generally stalks the leader before accelerating late.

“Part of the reason why we considered running him for maiden claim first time out was he had … kind of shown his lazy side in the morning, really,” Pletcher said. “But it was a blessing that he actually got a temperature.”

Here is a look at the complete list of early odds to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

Horse

Odds

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