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2021 Kentucky Derby - To Win


2021 Kentucky Derby - To Win

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2021 Kentucky Derby - To Win

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Kentuckey Derby | Churchill Downs

Grade I race
Venue Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY, United States
Inaugurated 1867
Distance ​1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Surface ​Dirt
Qualification Three-year-olds
2021 Kentucky Derby Update: Concert Tour Runs in Grade 1 Arkansas Derby

2021 Kentucky Derby Update: Concert Tour Runs in Grade 1 Arkansas Derby

In an attempt to get as many entrants into the May 1 Kentucky Derby as possible, Bob Baffert runs three horses in a couple of Derby preps on Saturday. Concert Tour has already stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby. But both Hozier and Bezos must prove they belong. Before we preview the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, we’ll discuss why Rock Your World has climbed to first on our Derby Rankings.  Check out top plays and Horse Racing Odds from Kentucky Derby for Saturday, May 1. You can also visit our Online Racebook to place your bets on active racetracks.

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2021 Kentucky Derby

  • When: Saturday, May 1, 2021
  • Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY

Kentucky Derby Top 10

  1. Rock Your World +650
  2. Concert Tour +350
  3. Hot Rod Charlie +800
  4. Essential Quality +300
  5. Highly Motivated +1000
  6. Known Agenda +1000
  7. Midnight Bourbon +2000
  8. Soup and Sandwich +2000
  9. Hozier +2500 
  10. Bourbonic +1200

Rock Your World, Essential Quality, and 72-to-1 shot Bourbonic win preps

Essential Quality won the Blue Grass Stakes, Bourbonic took the Wood Memorial, and Rock Your World won the Santa Anita Derby. Of the three victors, the best performance, and it’s not even close, came from Rock Your World.

The John Sadler trainee won a grade 1 race in his first foray on dirt. Undefeated at 3-0, Rock Your World had won his first couple of races on turf. The Candy Ride sired colt took the lead in the 1 1/8 mile Santa Anita Derby and never looked back. 

The victory was as impressive as any prep win this year. What should make Sadler happy is how Rock Your World seamlessly transitioned from turf to dirt. Horses that actually improve on dirt and based on the speed rating that’s what Rock Your World did, are top quality racehorses.

Rock’s performance shouldn’t surprise us. Candy Ride dominated on both turf and dirt. On Rock’s mother’s side, Empire Maker won the Belmont Stakes and has produced dirt and turf runners.

Unless Concert Tour dominates with an impressive speed rating, Rock Your World will head to Kentucky the best horse in the race.  

Essential Quality won but . . . 

The BC Juvenile winner won his final prep, but you must forgive us if we believe Essential Quality will head to Churchill Downs overrated. Yes, he got past Chad Brown trained Highly Motivated. 

It took forever for Quality to pass his rival, though. If Highly Motivated were to the outside of Essential Quality, who knows?

Essential Quality hasn’t run fast enough to win the Kentucky Derby, which means on the first Saturday in May he’s going to have to run faster than what Rock Your World already has run. That could be a tall order.  

Proxy looks for win in Lexington to secure Kentucky Derby start

Proxy has raced well in almost every one of his Derby preps. Unfortunately, trainer Michael Stidham and Godolphin require Proxy to secure even more points for a Kentucky Derby starting spot.

Proxy is teetering on the edge of making the 20-horse field, which is why he’ll race in the Grade 2 Lexington on Saturday. 

Although Proxy is the 6/5 morning line chalk, he’s no guarantee to win the race. Bob Baffert is desperate to get Bezos into the Derby starting gate. The 8/1 chalk could improve enough to upset Proxy.

Steve Asmussen trained Swiftsure is undefeated in two races. Don’t be surprised if the Uncle Mo sired equine challenges Proxy for favoritism. 

Concert Tour an even money chalk to win the Arkansas Derby

On paper, Concert Tour is a lock to win the Arkansas Derby. The real runner to pay attention to is Hozier. If the Pioneerof the Nile and Baffert trained colt upsets his stablemate, or if he finishes a fast-closing second, he could be one to watch during Derby Week.

Caddo River will try for the bounce back. He may not want to run this far, though. Unless you’ve got a good feeling, the Brad Cox runner may be a toss-out. 

The Arkansas Derby is this year’s final Run for the Roses prep. From April 10 to May 1, it’s all about paying attention to training, making sure horses ship to Churchill Downs well, and thinking about the best ways to bet on the 2021 Kentucky Derby. 

Kentucky Derby 2021 Betting News, Live Odds & Picks

2021 Kentucky Derby Update: Concert Tour Runs in Grade 1 Arkansas Derby

In an attempt to get as many entrants into the May 1 Kentucky Derby as possible, Bob Baffert runs three horses in a couple of Derby preps on Saturday. Concert Tour has already stamped his ticket to the Kentucky Derby. But both Hozier and Bezos must prove they belong. Before we preview the Grade 2 Lexington Stakes and the Grade Read More

Three 2021 Kentucky Derby Prep Races Expert Analysis

Three of the most important Kentucky Derby preps happen on Saturday, April 3. The Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, and the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park should help shape the field for the Run for the Roses on May 1. Check out analysis and picks for each one of Saturday’s massive Derby preps. Read More

2021 Triple Crown: 3 Kentucky Derby Prep Races Horse Analysis

In the next few days, three of the most important Kentucky Derby prep races happen. The Grade 2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park should help us determine whether at least one horse has the ability to win the Triple Crown. Check out Read More

Kentucky Derby Odds | 2021 Kentucky Derby Live Betting Prop Bets

Betting on the Kentucky Derby is a American pastime, in Las Vegas or Online at a Sportsbook Website, Known in the world of horse racing as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, the Kentucky Derby is by far the most popular horse racing event in the North American race calendar and over 160,000 punters will be betting live at the track each day of Kentucky Derby Week with millions wager on the race both in the USA and around the World Online.

The three-year-old thoroughbred race has been run every consecutive year since 1875 and is the first leg of the American Triple Crown which is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Here at MyBookie you will find all sorts of Kentucky Derby Odds & Prop Bets as well as all race futures and of course the current Odds to Win the Kentucky Derby 2019. Good Luck this Kentucky Derby.

In 2019 Country House won the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday after Maximum Security became the first horse to be disqualified in the history of the storied race. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first, but there was an objection on the field and the horse in second place, Country House, was declared the winner.

Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs

  • Distance: 1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2,012 m)
  • Record: 1:59 2⁄5 secs, Secretariat (1973)
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Track: Left-handed
  • Qualification: 3-year-old

Latest Winners

  • 2020: Authentic
  • 2019: Country House
  • 2018: Justify
  • 2017: Always Dreaming
  • 2016: Nyquist
  • 2015: American Pharoah
  • 2014: California Chrome
  • 2013: Orb
  • 2012: I'll Have Another
  • 2011: Animal Kingdom
  • 2010: Super Saver
  • 2009: Mine That Bird

Race Facts (Since 1976):

  • Fastest Time: 1:59:97
  • Largest Winning Margin: 6 3/4 lengths
  • Highest Winning: 127
  • Most Wins by a Jockey

    5 – Eddie Arcaro (1938, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1952)

    5 – Bill Hartack (1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969)

  • Most Wins by a Trainer

    6 – Ben A. Jones (1938, 1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952)

  • Most Wins by an Owner

    8 – Calumet Farm (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958, 1968)

  • Stakes Record

    1:59.40 – Secretariat (1973)

  • Record Victory Margin

    8 lengths – Assault (1946)

    8 lengths – Whirlaway (1941)

  • Longest Shot to Win the Derby

    91 to 1 – Donerail (1913)

Kentucky Derby Betting Guide

The 2021 Triple Crown seasons starts now! If you haven’t been brought up to speed with this year’s top racing picks, participants or created your own betting strategy, MyBookie has all the information you need to make the big bucks on this year’s pony races.

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most popular thoroughbred horse races in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people placing bets across the globe. This year, the derby is taking place May 4th. Here’s the Ultimate Betting Guide for the Kentucky Derby and possible Triple Crown contenders.

The First Rule Of Kentucky Derby Betting

ALWAYS, place your bets as close to the start of the race as possible. It’s a great idea to get your picks in order before the race begins, however, you should try and place them as close to the start as you can. This week, it was reported that Omaha Beach was recently pulled from the Kentucky Derby, due to an entrapped epiglottis. While the announcement gave bettors ample time to change their lines, imagine what would happen if wagers were already placed. MyBookie will be posting Kentucky Derby content all Saturday long, allowing you to make confident bets with the latest news and odds.

Types of Bets For The Kentucky Derby

The team at MyBookie has created one of the largest lists of Kentucky Derby odds and futures available. While most people will be limiting their betting to ‘odds to win’ the entire race, there’s more options to choose from, giving you more opportunity for winning big during this year’s derby. Let’s take a look at your different betting options for this year’s Kentucky Derby:

2021 Kentucky Derby - Odds To Win:
If you want to make one big bet on the horse that you anticipate winning the race, this is the bet for you. If you’re looking to make this bet, here are some of the top picks to consider: Tacitus (+600), Maximum Security (+800), Improbable (+500), Game Winner (+450) and Roadster (+550). Win simply means to put money on a horse to win the race. If you like chalk Omaha Beach at 4/1, bet on Omaha Beach to win. You can find a full list of ‘Odds to Win’ odds here at the top of our Kentucky Derby page.

2021 Kentucky Derby - Odds To Place:
The word place is used to describe a wager on a horse to finish second. If you like a horse like Spinoff to run well at 30/1, but you’re not sure he’ll win, put a few bucks on him to place. With a place bet, you win your wager if the horse finishes first or second. You can find a full list of ‘Odds to Place’ odds here at the top of our Kentucky Derby page.

2021 Kentucky Derby - Odds To Show :
A show wager is betting on a horse to finish third. However, the horse only must finish first, second, or third for you to win your wager. Show wagers often don’t pay much but because there are so many horses in the Derby, the show horse often does pay way beyond what’s normal to finish third. You can find a full list of ‘Odds to Show’ odds here at the top of our Kentucky Derby page.

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