2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds & Favorites

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 1, 2017 in

On Saturday, the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby is set to take place at Churchill Downs. Post time for the derby itself is 6:34pm Eastern time, and NBC is set to carry all the action. It’s always an exciting race every year and this year won’t be any different. Let’s take a look at some of the horse racing betting favorites to win horse racing’s most cherished tilt — and some of the contenders who could make you some money.

2017 Kentucky Derby Betting Odds & Favorites

Current Odds

Always Dreaming / Classic Empire (4/1)
Irish War Cry (13/2)
McCraken (7/1)
Gunnevera (12/1)
Givin / Gormley / Practical Joke / Thunder Snow (16/1)
Hence (22/1)
Irap / Tapwrit (25/1)
Battle of Midway / Lookin at Lee (28/1)
J Boys Echo / Royal Mo / Sonneteer (33/1)
Patch / State of Honor (40/1)
Cloud Computing (45/1)
Untrapped (50/1)
Fast and Accurate (66/1)
Petrov (70/1)

Classic Empire is generally viewed as the best juvenile in the United States, winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Breeders’ Futurity. However, some of his results in early 2017 have modified expectations for the Derby. He came in third (and it wasn’t close) behind Irish War Cry and Gunnevera at the Holy Bull Stakes in February, although the discovery of an abscess in the foot was seen as the primary factor in that distant finish. The abscess has taken longer to heal than many had expected — although he did roar to a win in the Arkansas Derby.

Always Dreaming was the winner at the Florida Derby on April 1, and the race was not close. He also took the Tampa Bay Downs back in January. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, points to the enthusiastic mood that the horse shows when a big race is coming up.

Irish War Cry is a popular choice as well because of that win at Holy Bull. He did come in seventh during the Fountain of Youth race back in March. However, he has won every other race that he has entred, including the Wood Memorial in April.

McCraken has picked up some key wins on the Grade 2 circuit. He had an injury that kept him from hitting his full stride at the Blue Grass Stakes, but he has the speed to make things interesting if he is back at 100%.