The morning line odds and post positions have been released for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. It’s time to really dive into the research and figure out which bet(s) I like for Saturday.
The first thing you notice when looking at the odds is that there is not really a clear cut favorite this year. Omaha Beach was the favorite with a morning line of 4/1, but after having to pull out of the race, there are now 3 horses with 5/1 or shorter odds. This shows there are a few quality horses who are thought of as legitimate contenders this year and it’s really anyone’s race.
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2019 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds
Below are the official morning line odds (and post positions) for the 2019 Kentucky Derby, set for the 45th straight year by Mike Battaglia.
The morning line is the odds that each horse will begin the day at when betting opens on Saturday. The odds will change throughout the day depending on the amount of money that is wagered on each horse. The amount of money bet on each horse relative to the entire amount bet on the race winner will determine each horses final odds. Check out our parimutuel betting system page for a further breakdown of this form of betting, which is the norm in horse racing.
**These are the updated odds after Omaha Beach scratched.
- War Of Will 15-1
- Tax 20-1
- By My Standards 15-1
- Gray Magician 50-1
- Improbable 5-1
- Vekoma 15-1
- Maximum Security 8-1
- Tacitus 8-1
- Plus Que Parfait 30-1
- Cutting Humor 30-1
- Haikal 30-1
Omaha Beach 4-1
- Code of Honor 12-1
- Win Win Win 12-1
- Master Fencer 50-1
- Game Winner 9-2
- Roadster 5-1
- Long Range Toddy 30-1
- Spinoff 30-1
- Country House 30-1
- Bodexpress 30-1
There are 20 horses taking part in the race, but there are 3 horses with 5/1 or better odds so it would be quite a surprise if one of these contenders did not win the race.
The Kentucky Derby futures odds, which are fixed odds, are already quite a bit different than these morning line odds, so I would expect to see these odds change significantly on race day.
My Kentucky Derby Pick
I was on Omaha Beach at 4-1 when I originally wrote this article earlier in the week. Now I’ve had to reassess and come up with another horse to back. Omaha Beach was the clear favourite, but now there are three horses that are basically co-favourites in Game Winner, Improbable and Roadster.
That said, I’m looking at a horse just outside this favourite group for the win this Saturday.
Maximum Security 8/1
Maximum Security is a horse that has won 4 straight races to launch his career, including beating Bodexpress and Code of Honor down the stretch at the prestigious Florida Derby last month in a very fast time of 1:48.86.
I like backing horses that know how to win so considering Maximum Security has never lost he’s a horse I will be backing on Saturday.
Below you can see Maximum Security lead from the gates at the Florida Derby.
Where To Bet On The 2019 Kentucky Derby
I will be placing my Kentucky Derby bets at SportsInteraction.com. They are our top rated betting site for Canadians and this includes their racebook. You can check out our how to bet on the 2019 Kentucky Derby in Canada page if you have more questions about getting your wagers placed.
I also suggest that you check out our horse race betting section to learn about the different bets you can make on the Derby, as well as some of the different racing terms you should know when placing your horse racing bets.
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