2017 Kentucky Derby Morning Line & Post PositionsNoah Williams
Horses, jockeys, and the betting public learned this Saturday’s Kentucky Derby post positions and morning line odds today. Classic Empire (pictured), Always Dreaming and McCraken are the top three betting choices entering the weekend.
The race takes place on Saturday evening at 6:34 PM ET. Nyquist won last year’s Kentucky Derby from Gate 13.
What: 2017 Kentucky Derby
When: May 6, 2117
Post Time: 6:34 PM ET
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
Stadium: Churchill Downs
Stream: NBC Sports Live
The 2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites
Today’s draw for the 143rd Running for the Roses pushed Classic Empire to the 4-1 betting favorite after drawing into the coveted No 14 gate.
The early 2017 Kentucky Derby betting favorite, Always Dreaming, will break from the No. 5 gate as the 5-to-1 co-second choice after an impressive Florida Derby win. The other runner listed at 5-to-1 is McCracken, who drew the No. 15 hole.
2017 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds & Post Positions
*Also Eligible horses can have jockeys named to ride that have mounts within the body of the field
|Irish War Cry||17||6-1|
|Lookin at Lee||1||20-1|
|J Boys Echo||13||20-1|
|Battle of Midway||11||30-1|
|State of Honor||6||30-1|
|Fast and Accurate||3||50-1|
Royal Mo and Master Plan were entered as alternates should one of the 20 Kentucky Derby starters scratch before 9 a.m. ET on Friday.
The post position draw didn’t appear to compromise any of the favorites. The top three Kentucky Derby betting choices avoided the inside gate which is viewed as the most challenging in a 20-horse field because horses can get trapped on the rail and struggle to get a clear path to run.
Other Popular 2017 Kentucky Derby Picks
Wood Memorial winner Irish War Cry will break from the No. 17 post and is listed at 6-to-1 to win on the morning line. An advantage if he can capitalize on his speed early.
Lookin At Lee drew the dreaded No. 1 post position and is listed at 20-1 odds to win.
Irap drew the No. 9 Position. He comes from the same barn as Derby winners I’ll Have Another and Nyquist under trainer Doug O’Neill.
The people’s favorite Patch drew the far outside position at No. 20 and is listed at 30-1. The horse has drawn attention this week because he had to have his left eye removed as a 2-year-old. Bad news for Patch is that he won’t be able to see any of the horses breaking to his inside.
The Run for the Roses will be contested over 1 1/4 miles. The Preakness will follow on May 20, with the Belmont on June 10.