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Racebooks Take an Early Look at 2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites

While still a couple weeks away, the Kentucky Derby is such a titanic event that it merits an early online horse betting preview. In fact, there’s no question that the Kentucky Derby is the most lucrative and prestigious US in the racebook calendar year. Last year we witnessed Always Dreaming cement itself into the history books by winning the event at Churchill Downs. Can we expect Always Dreaming to come out on top once more? Or will another steed rise up to claim glory once and for all? Let’s take a look at some pertinent information for this year’s event before breaking down some Kentucky Derby betting favorites.

2018 Kentucky Derby – May 4th-5th

When: Coverage Begins 2:30 pm ET

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky


Stream: NBC Extra

Distance: 1 ¼ miles || Dirt

This year’s field is once again filled to the brim with undeniable talent. Set to meet in May, many online horse betting players are pegging Bolt D’Oro as one of this year’s Kentucky Derby betting favorites to win the event. Although he hasn’t been that great lately, there’s no denying that Bolt D’Oro has the makeup to get the job done. Let’s take a look at the other odds-on favorites that Bolt D’Oro will have to beat out.

Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites

Good Magic

Like Bolt D’Oro, Good Magic’s recent results have forced racebooks to lower chances of winning. Specifically, the chestnut colt’s poor run at the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup was the pivoting point. However, Good Magic has a pretty good track record at the Derby. In his 3 career runs, Good Magic has placed in the top-3 in all of them. Needless to say, Good Magic has the talent to get the job done once again this time around. On top of that, the colt will be led by Trainer Chad Brown, who is coming off an extremely successful season. All in all, this steed might not be coming in with a heap of momentum, but he does have the talent and leadership to make him one of this year’s best sleepers.


2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites - Audible The horse Pletcher will be putting forward, this three-year old has been garnering a lot of attention as of late. Making his debut at Belmont Park last year, Audible showed he has what it takes to compete at the highest level by finishing 3rd in that event. Following that event, the Pletcher-sent steed won Aqueduct in his first one-mile outing. In short, out of all the names on this list, Audible comes in with the highest level of momentum. Combined with his skill, genetic makeup, and the fact that Velazquez will be in the saddle once again, and there’s no question Audible can win the 2018 Kentucky Derby. In fact, this might be one of the best Kentucky Derby betting favorites to get behind this year.


Bob Baffert has an outstanding repute at the Kentucky Derby, training four winners in his time. If Solomini can win this event come May, it would place Baffert just one win shy of tying Ben Jones – the Derby’s all-time leading winner. In short, Solomini has the talent to get the job done but will need a near-perfect performance to beat out the rest of the talent competing in this year’s online horse betting event.  Players looking to make some parlay and picks in this year’s Derby should shy away from backing Solomini.