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The Kentucky Derby

Here is the 2019 Kentucky Derby Lineup

HORSE: #1 War of Will
JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione
TRAINER: Mark E. Casse
OWNER: Gary Barber
Morning Line Odds: 20:1
Quick Fact: 
Comes off a dreadful 9th place finish at the Louisiana Derby. Will a need clean break to be in position to contend late.

Bet War of Will

JOCKEY: Junior Alvarado
TRAINER: Danny Gargan
OWNER: R. A. Hill Stable
Morning Line Odds: 20:1
Quick Fact: 
Has a lot of heart, but may have a tough time with the talent in this field. Trainer Danny Gargan makes his first Kentucky Derby appearance.


HORSE: #3 By My Standards
JOCKEY: Gabriel Saez
TRAINER: W. Bret Calhoun
OWNER: Allied Racing Stable
Morning Line Odds: 20:1
Quick Fact: 
Not expected to be a major factor, but flashed some serious potential in his surprise win at the Louisiana Derby.

Bet By My Standards

HORSE: #4 Gray Magician
JOCKEY: Drayden Van Dyke
TRAINER: Peter Miller
OWNER: Eclipse Thoroug
Morning Line Odds: 50:1
Quick Fact: 
Could end up as the longest shot on the board. Hate to say it, but will need to pull a rabbit out of a hat here folks.

Gray Magician

HORSE: #5 Improbable
JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz, Jr.
TRAINER: Bob Baffert
OWNER: WinStar Farm
Morning Line Odds: 5:1
Quick Fact: 
One of the early season favorites, he comes off a pair of disappointing second place finishes. If Irad Ortiz Jr. can get the ride right, he certainly has the pedigree to make some noise.

Bet Improbable

HORSE: #6 Vekoma
JOCKEY: Javier Castellano
TRAINER: George Weaver
OWNER: R. A. Hill Stable
Morning Line Odds: 20:1
Quick Fact: 
An interesting horse, with a funky running style. Will need a clean trip to keep pace with the top speed in this field.

Bet Vekoma

HORSE: #7 Maximum Security
JOCKEY: Luis Saez
TRAINER: Jason Servis
OWNER: West, Gary and
Morning Line Odds: 10:1
Quick Fact: 
Shares owners with top contender Game Winner. Look for him to get out early and set the pace, whether he can keep it up over this distance remains to be seen.

Bet Maximum Security

HORSE: #8 Tacitus
JOCKEY: Jose L. Ortiz
TRAINER: William I. Mott
OWNER: Juddmonte Farm
Morning Line Odds: 10:1
Quick Fact: 
This gray will look to stalk the pack and make a closing move late. Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott is looking for his first Derby win.

Bet Tacitus

HORSE: #9 Plus que Parfait
JOCKEY: Ricardo Santana, Jr.
TRAINER: Brendan P. Walsh
OWNER: Imperial Racing
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
This pure closer will a be a longshot to hit the board, but does possess a solid finishing kick if things get sloppy up front.

Bet Plus que Parfait

HORSE: #10 Cutting Humor
JOCKEY: Corey J. Lanerie
TRAINER: Todd A. Pletcher
OWNER: Starlight Racing
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
Had a nice performance to win the Sunland Derby, but has not showed much consistency outside of that race.

Bet Cutting Humor

HORSE: #13 Code of Honor
JOCKEY: John R. Velazquez
TRAINER: Claude R. McGaughey III
OWNER: W.S. Farish
Morning Line Odds: 15:1
Quick Fact: 
Placed third to other Derby hopeful Maximum Security in the Florida Derby. Will need best performance of his career to secure a victory.

Bet Code of Honor

HORSE: #14 Win Win Win
JOCKEY: Julian Pimentel
TRAINER: Michael J. Trombetta
OWNER: Live Oak Plantation
Morning Line Odds: 15:1
Quick Fact: 
Certainly has the name for the part, but has not shown much that would indicate he’s in the same class as the top contenders.

Bet Win Win Win

HORSE: #15 Master Fencer (From Japan)
JOCKEY: Julien R. Leparoux
TRAINER: Koichi Tsunoda
OWNER: Katsumi Yoshizawa
Morning Line Odds: 50:1
Quick Fact: 
Hailing from Japan, is a relative unknown in the US racing circle. Would be a shock to see him anywhere near the front when they cross the wire.

Bet Master Fencer

HORSE: #16 Game Winner
JOCKEY: Joel Rosario
TRAINER: Bob Baffert
OWNER: West, Gary and
Morning Line Odds: 5:1
Quick Fact: 
All-time great trainer Bob Baffert looks for Game Winner to return to his stellar 2-year-old from, where he went undefeated in 2018. Likely to be the post time favorite, and with good reason.

Bet Game Winner

HORSE: #17 Roadster
JOCKEY: Florent Geroux
TRAINER: Bob Baffert
OWNER: Speedway Stable LLC
Morning Line Odds: 6:1
Quick Fact: 
Another impressive animal under the steady hand of Bob Baffert. He narrowly beat likely favorite Game Winner at the Santa Anita Derby in April.

Bet Roadster

HORSE: #18 Long Range Toddy
JOCKEY: Jon Kenton Court
TRAINER: Steven M. Asmussen
OWNER: Willis Horton Racing LLC
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
This closer has a nose for getting in the money. On paper is not in the same class as some of the field, but might be worthy for inclusion in some exotics.

Bet Long Range Toddy

HORSE: #19 Spinoff
JOCKEY: Manuel Franco
TRAINER: Todd A. Pletcher
OWNER: Wertheimer and
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
Finished 2nd at the Louisiana Derby. Will likely be a longshot, but certainly has shown some developing talent in the past.

Bet Spinoff

HORSE: #20 Country House
JOCKEY: Flavien Prat
TRAINER: William I. Mott
OWNER: Shields, Jr., Mrs
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
Finished 2nd at the Louisiana Derby. Will likely be a longshot, but certainly has shown some developing talent in the past.

Bet Country House

HORSE: #21 Bodexpress

JOCKEY: Chris Landeros
TRAINER: Gustavo Delgado
OWNER: Top Racing, LLC, Global Thoroughbred and GDS Racing Stable
Morning Line Odds: 30:1
Quick Fact: 
Finished 2nd at the Louisiana Derby. Will likely be a longshot, but certainly has shown some developing talent in the past.

Bet Bodexpress

Kentucky Derby 2019: Super Saturday Qualifiers

Saturday March 9th, brings an action packed day of racing with major Kentucky Derby implications. Unfortunately the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park has been cancelled as racing there has been put on hold due to unsafe track conditions. There are still three important qualifiers. 

Aqueduct Racetrack and Casino
The Gotham Stakes

The Gotham Stakes is a one-mile race for three-year-olds that takes place at Aqueduct Racktrack and Casino in New York. The race normally runs in early March, and will be on Saturday March 9th this year. The top four finishers will earn qualifying points toward a spot in the vaunted Kentucky Derby in May. 

In the past the winner of the Gotham Stakes has been a shoo-in for a spot in the Kentucky Derby due to the qualifying points on the line with 50 points to 1st place, 20 points to 2nd place, 10 points to 3rd place and 4 points to 4th place. California native Insragrand travels to New York as the presumptive favorite, although this year’s strong field is filled with some excellent speed. 

Here is the field:

1. Family Biz Trainer: E. Barker Jockey: K. Carmouche

2. Knicks Go Trainer: B. Colebrook Jockey: J. Lezcano

3. Mind Control Trainer: G. Sacco Jockey: J. Velazquez

4. Much Better Trainer: B. Baffert Jockey: M. Smith

5. Haikal Trainer: K. McLaughlin Jockey: R. Maragh

6. Instagrand Trainer: J. Hollendorfer Jockey: J. Castellano

7. Not That Brady Trainer: R. Rodriguez Jockey: R. Gutierrez

8. Tikhvin Flew Trainer: S. Asmussen Jockey: D. Davis

Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby started in 1981, and is one of the more important qualifying races for the Kentucky Derby. It has a prize purse of $400,000 for the 2019 edition. It takes place on March 9th at Tampa Bay Downs.

World renowned trainer Todd Pletcher has five wins in this race, the most of any trainer.

In addition some of best horses will be racing, perhaps the future Kentucky Derby winner. Look for Well Defined to duel with the aptly named Win Win Win. Two special horses to keep an eye on.

The Tampa Bay Derby runs on March 9th, 2019.

Here is the field:

1. Admire Jockey: R. Albarado Trainer: D. Romans

2. Sir Winston Jockey: J. Leparoux Trainer: M. Casse

3. Lord Dragon Jockey: J. Bracho Trainer: J. Blair

4. Dream Maker Jockey: F. Geroux Trainer: M. CasseL

5. Well Defined Jockey: P. Morales Trainer: K. O’Connell

6. Outshine Jockey: J. Rosario Trainer: T. Pletcher

7. Win Win Win Jockey: I. Ortiz, Jr. Trainer: M. Trombetta

8. The Right Path: Jockey: J. Bravo Trainer: J. Duarte, Jr.

9. Dunph Jockey: D. Centeno Trainer: M. Maker

10. Tacitus Jockey: J. Ortiz Trainer: W. Mott

11. Zenden Jockey: S. Camacho Trainer: V. Barboza, Jr.

Jeff Ruby Steaks

Kentucky Derby qualifying points are also up for grabs at the Jeff Ruby Steaks, held at Turfway Park. 

Somelikeithotbrown is the star of the field, but should face an a tough challenge with the talen in the field including top contender Skywire,.

Here is the field:

1. Dynamic Racer Jockey: E. Prentice, Jr. Trainer: R. Kahles

2. Moonster Jockey: J. McKee Trainer: D. Romans

3. Five Star General Jockey: Jockey: D. Cannon Trainer: A. Delacour

4. Dabo Jockey: L. Machado Trainer: D. Romans

5. Baytown Jimbo Jockey: A. Achard Trainer: P. McEnteeL

6. Skywire Jockey: G. Boulanger Trainer: M. Casse

7. Counter Offer Jockey: M. Franklin Trainer: I. Wilkes

8. Twelfthofneverland Jockey: S. Russell Trainer: R. HandalL

9. Curlin Grey Jockey: B. Hernandez, Jr. Trainer: K. McPeek

10. Somelikeithotbrown Jockey: T. Gaffalione Trainer: M. Maker

11. Speed App Jockey: W. De La Cruz Trainer: D. Lukas

How To Bet The Kentucky Derby

If you’re one of the many fans of America’s premier horse race, the Kentucky Derby, chances are you’d also like to place a bet. But you may not have the time or money to travel to Churchill Downs to place one. Not a problem—just like watching the Kentucky Derby from your own couch, you can also bet from home.

This year’s Run For The Roses ® will be held on May 4, 2019. If you’re new to betting on the Kentucky Derby, this primer will help you get started so you can bet on the 145th Derby like a pro.  Once you’ve made your selections and placed your bets, you’ll have plenty of time to make a mint julep and dust off your big hat.

Common Bet Types

While it’s easy to place a bet, there are a number of types of betting you’ll need to be familiar with:

  • Win-Place-Show
  • Exacta
  • Trifecta

Win-Place-Show is a combination of three basic types of bets.

  1. “Win” means exactly that—the horse you bet on must actually win the race for you to win a payout. Because it’s a more difficult wager, it pays the most of these three.
  2. “Place” means that the horse you bet on must finish in the top 2, either first or second place, for you to win a payout.
  3. “Show” is a horse you believe will win in one of the top 3 spots. If your horse places first, second or third, you’ll win a payout. Show offers a bigger chance of a win, but a smaller payout.

Each of these bets is a minimum $2 wager.

Exacta and Box wagers have a higher payout than Win-Place-Show, but also have a higher degree of difficulty. You’ll select two horses to win first and second, in order, in order to win the bet. An Exacta Box (or “boxing” your wager) means you pick two horses to win first and second in any order to win a payout. Because you don’t bet on the order, there is a higher chance of a win.

The minimum bet on these wagers is $2.

Trifecta wagers are similar to Exacta wagers, but are more difficult and have higher payouts. You’ll select three horses to finish first, second and third, in order. You can also “box” your bet, and pick three horses in any order to finish first, second and third. Sometimes this is bet called is called a “Quinella.” Like the Exacta Box, Trifecta Box wagers also have a higher chance of winning.

Trifecta wagers start at fifty cents, with trifecta box wages a minimum of $3.

Kentucky Derby totals have reached as much as $200 million, but you don’t have to wait until May to place your bets. Future Wagers allow you to place bets earlier in the season, on possible contenders that have a strong potential for earning a place at the Derby’s starting gate. These bets also tend to have higher payouts than the actual race day. Future wagers are offered four times a year, at both betting tracks and online betting sites.

You can watch videos on different types of betting on the Kentucky Derby website.

Potential Horses To Bet On This Year

Now that you know the basics, who are you going to bet on?

You can find a complete list of the current contenders here. However, the Kentucky Derby asked six experts to pick their favorites for the race. These experts have offered their picks for both the Derby and The Oaks, but horses that show up on multiple lists include (in no particular order):

  1. Gunmetal Grey
  2. War of Will
  3. Mucho Gusto
  4. Instagrand
  5. Game Winner
  6. Vekoma
  7. Hidden Scroll
  8. Mucho
  9. Tax
  10. Country House

These are just some of the many expert picks for the Kentucky Derby. While there are other horses that are eligible, you’ll need to do some research to find out which horse is the best one for you to place a bet.

Where To Bet On The Kentucky Derby Online

Once you’ve decided who to bet on, t’s time to place your bets.

Online betting has opened up the world of wagering to nearly anyone who wants to bet, anytime, anywhere, and the Kentucky Derby is no different. While there are a number of online betting vendors to choose from, online betting site for the Kentucky Derby is Derby Jackpot, who also livestreams the Derby online.

Twinspires is a US-based, licensed and legal betting service that is an exclusive partner with the Kentucky Derby. You can bet from your laptop, smartphone app or by phone, anytime. Your registration and transactions are secure using Symantec’s Norton Security. Registration is easy, and once you fund your account, you’re ready to place a wager.

This year’s Run For The Roses ® promises to be as exciting as ever. Place your bets, put on your finest outfit, have a seat in your living room, and get ready to enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports.

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