The first race of the vaunted Triple Crown begins this Saturday as audiences and horse racing betting fans around the world will be treated to the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby.
With over $1 million on the line, the stakes will be high as one of the more evenly-matched fields in recent memory prepares to wow the Churchill Downs crowd.
Today the post positions were drawn and odds were set by the legendary Mike Battaglia, so let’s have a look at where they’ll line up and who has the best shot of winning the “Run for the Roses.”
Kentucky Derby 2019 Odds & Post Positions
|Code of Honor||15/1||13|
|Win Win Win||15/1||14|
|By My Standards||20/1||3|
|War of Will||20/1||1|
|Plus Que Parfait||30/1||9|
|Long Range Toddy||30/1||18|
The Morning-Line Favorite
Omaha Beach is the morning-line favorite trained by American Richard Mandella.
Mandella, a member of the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame, has trained four Breeders' Cup winners and had six horses run in the Kentucky Derby though none have won it.
The oddsmakers give Omaha Beach the best shot to win the Derby after he rose through the ranks with big wins in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.
It admittedly seems a little odd to see a Kentucky Derby favorite that wasn't trained by Bob Baffert, but that doesn't mean there isn't a great chance yet another Baffert horse will ultimately win.
Baffert has become potentially the greatest horse trainer of all time with his horses having won five Kentucky Derbies, seven Preakness Stakes, three Belmont Stakes and three Kentucky Oaks. Not to mention he trained the last two horses (American Pharaoh and Justify) to win the Triple Crown.
This year, Baffert has three horses in the running with Game Winner (5/1), Roadster (6/1) and Improbable (6/1), and they predictably make up the next three horses in line following Omaha Beach.
After that is a considerable drop off with Maximum Security and Tacitus both at 10/1.
Intriguing Long Shot
The perhaps aptly named Win Win Win opened at 15/1 odds and he is definitely worth a look for Kentucky Derby betting fans, though he wouldn't go down as one of the biggest long shots in Kentucky Derby history.
In this year alone, he set the Tampa Bay Downs' track record at 1:20.89 for seven furlongs on dirt, won the Pasco Stakes, finished third in the Tampa Bay Derby and finished second in the Blue Grass.
The horse has a reputation for starting slow and coming on strong at the end of races, which is key for his Kentucky Derby chances. The race is longer than most and Win Win Win could benefit from the extra space to come from behind.