Top Kentucky Derby Betting Contenders: Racebook Breakdown

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Racebook Look at Top Kentucky Derby Betting Contenders

The 2018 Kentucky Derby is right around the corner, or right around the month to be more precise. Today we aim to look at 2018’s top Kentucky Derby betting contenders to help racebook players prepare for this year’s race. Let’s mulch over some pertinent online horse betting information before taking a look at the top contenders.

2018 Kentucky Derby – Friday-Sunday, May 4th-5th

When: Coverage Begins 2:30 pm ET

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky


Stream: NBC Extra

Distance: 1 ¼ Miles || Dirt

Top Kentucky Derby Betting Contenders


Justify has emerged as the biggest favorite of this top Kentucky Derby betting contender list. All because he smoked Bolt d’Oro in the prep run last weekend, which is no small feat. Additionally, it’s hard not to get behind an undefeated steed that’s trained by Bob Baffert and mounted by Mike Smith. Some teaser sports betting players may shy away from Justify since he didn’t run as a 2-year old. However, in this new age of racebook betting, taking Justify needs no justification.


Last year, Always Dreaming set forth this narrative; a multifaceted steed trained by Todd Pletcher comes up big at the Florida Derby and is ready to shine at Churchill Downs. But this tie around, it is Audible who fits that bill. Audible has certainly caught some online horse betting eyes this year and could get the job done. Either by ‘stalking the pace’ or delivering a come from behind spectacular. Although he’s not the absolute favorite, he’s a great second or even third option.


Mendelssohn turned plenty of sportsbook heads with his impressive triumph at Dubai. And while some punters may be unwilling to back a steed coming off an aesthetically impressive win, there are a number willing to take a shot on this sleeper. Trained by the Irishman Aidan O’Brien, Mendelssohn will be one of the few international steeds competing at the Derby with a shot at a win.

Bolt d’Oro

Any list containing top Kentucky Derby betting contenders has to feature Bolt d’Oro. Nevertheless, just a month away from the Churchill Downs run, Bolt d’Oro is having a hard time living up to his expectations. A third place finish in the Juvenile, a second place finish at the San Felipe Stakes to McKinzie, followed by a second place finish behind Justify at Santa Anita. This has caused many punters to put Bolt d’Oro in the back of their minds. However, this has cause bookmakers to give Bolt d’Oro better than usual odds. Therefore, taking him has become more lucrative than we were anticipating.

Magnum Moon

Those looking to back Magnum Moon at the Derby should consider tuning in for his run at Arkansas Derby this Saturday. If the steed is able to deliver an eye-catching performance, he might just be able to gain a following for Kentucky. However, if he delivers a poor run, there will be a shortage of punters willing to back him. After all, he failed to run as a 2-year old. And since we already covered how punters feel about this, it’s clear Magnum needs to turn heads this weekend.

Top Kentucky Derby Betting Favorite to Back: Justify

As things currently stand, Justify is looking like the best option to back. He’s shown plenty of resilience as of late and comes in with the most momentum. Fortunately the odds out on him are quite lucrative. Sign up now to make this Kentucky Derby prediction!