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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: Essential Quality Clear Favorite to Win it All

2021 Kentucky Derby: Essential Quality Clear Favorite to Win it All

The final two Kentucky Derby preps turned out to be ho-hum affairs. Concert Tour, Bob Baffert’s top Derby prospect, provided one of the worst final prep performances in recent memory. It was so bad that we had no choice but to drop the son of Street Sense from our Top 10. Check out a recap on Tour’s awful performance as well as other Kentucky Derby thoughts heading into the final two pre-Derby weeks.  Also, 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. 

Kentucky Derby Update: Essential Quality Lone Favorite

2021 Kentucky Derby

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

2021 Kentucky Derby Top 10

  1. Rock Your World +600
  2. Hot Rod Charlie +1000
  3. Midnight Bourbon +2000
  4. Essential Quality +275
  5. Known Agenda +1400
  6. Highly Motivated +1000
  7. Soup and Sandwich +2000
  8. Bourbonic +1200
  9. Super Stock +800
  10. Like the King +2000

Concert Tour bombs in final Derby prep

Up until the Arkansas Derby, Concert Tour had looked like a world beater. He dominated his competition in the Rebel. His breeding suggested he could go as long as he wished.

But what’s on paper doesn’t always translate to what’s on the racetrack. Concert Tour couldn’t even get by Brad Cox trained Caddo River in the stretch. As the two fought each other for second-place, Steve Asmussen trained Super Stock rallied past both.

The winner has the breeding to be a good racehorse. But the speed rating leaves a lot, we mean a ton, to be desired. Super Stock must improve on the first Saturday in May. As we’ve written before in this blog, that’s almost impossible to accomplish.

As far as Concert Tour is concerned, he may not be mature enough to win the Run for the Roses. Often, Bob Baffert’s best three-year-old doesn’t appear until later in the year. In 2016, Arrogate became one of the best horses in the world when he won the Travers Stakes at around 11-to-1.

Lest we forget, Authentic won the Kentucky Derby last September, not last May. Yes, Justify and American Pharoah were good enough to win the Triple Crown.

But Pharoah in 2015 was Baffert’s first Derby winner since War Emblem in 2002. Maybe, Concert Tour simply hasn’t matured enough to win a race like the Kentucky Derby.

Rock Your World will enter the Kentucky Derby starting gate with the best speed rating

Of course, Concert Tour could surprise on Derby Day. He’ll have to make up a ton of ground on Santa Anita Derby winner Rock Your World to do it. The John Sadler trained runner will head into the first Saturday in May with the best speed rating.

Rock has run faster than Hot Rod Charlie, Essential Quality, or any of the other contenders. Because of that, there’s a good chance the turf to dirt potential monster goes off the chalk on Derby Day. 

If you agree, jump on the current MyBookie odds. The future odds make him an overlay, something we can’t say for a horse like Essential Quality. 

Midnight Bourbon looks like a strong longshot play

Based on speed ratings, Midnight Bourbon looks like the top underdog. Steve Asmussen trained Midnight Bourbon is a front-running son of Tiznow.

Recently, WinStar Farm pensioned the two-time BC Classic winner, meaning Tiznow will no longer sire thoroughbreds. In his first year as a sire, back in the early 2000s, his owners charged $125,000 per live foal. Tiznow’s success rate was a ridiculous 97%, meaning when he covered a mare, he helped produce a foal 97% of the time.

Tiznow bred three times a day, 365 days a year, even on Christmas. That’s what you a call a powerful sire. It would be great if his final Derby running son could take the Run for the Roses.

Midnight Bourbon should be close to the pace if not on it. The fastest horses often run well on the first Saturday in May, which means Bourbon, Rock Your World, Hot Rod Charlie, and Essential Quality have the best shots of finishing in the money. 

Kentucky Derby 2021 Betting News, Live Odds & Picks

2021 Kentucky Derby: Essential Quality Clear Favorite to Win it All

The final two Kentucky Derby preps turned out to be ho-hum affairs. Concert Tour, Bob Baffert’s top Derby prospect, provided one of the worst final prep performances in recent memory. It was so bad that we had no choice but to drop the son of Street Sense from our Top 10. Check out a recap on Tour’s awful performance as Read More

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

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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