2018 Kentucky Derby Odds & Expert Betting Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 1, 2018 in

The 2018 Kentucky Derby is this weekend from the Churchill Downs in Louisville. The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. This is the 144th edition of the Kentucky Derby. The race should start somewhere around 5:30 pm CT. NBC airs the race, along with the 4 hours of pre-race coverage. The race is 1 1/4 mile long and features 3-year-old horses. Here is a look at some of the Kentucky Derby Odds favorites for 2018.

2018 Kentucky Derby Odds & Expert Betting Prediction

Justify 3/1

Bob Baffert and Mike Smith are back at it again. Justify is the odds-on favorite due to being one of the lightest horses in the race. His hisire is Scatt Daddy, who died in 2015, but had great success as a racehorse. Known as “Big Red”, many will be placing their money on this horse.

Mendelssohn 9/2

An overseas horse, and that’s a concern. Horses from overseas have never fared well in the Kentucky Derby. But, this is also a horse that is bred for dirty. The highest priced American yearling of 2016 is ready to show it’s ability. There are some concerns about the start of this race for Mendelssohn, but it can fly.

Audible 13/2

Todd Pletcher has another favorite at the top of the leaderboard. This horse won the Florida Derby back in March. This is a Saratoga bred yearling that was sold back in 2016. Audible’s Sire is Into Mischief, who was the champion of  2 year olds in 2016.

Magnum Moon 19/4

This is a young horse but is ready to rock. Bred from the Malibu Moon and Orb family, the biggest issue with young Magnum Moon is getting stuck in traffic. Magnum Moon has not been able to conquer that yet at this point.

Magnum Moon is among the 2018 Kentucky Derby Odds favorites to win.

This is another Todd Pletcher led horse.

Vino Russo 16/1

Why not? Ranked 5th on the leaderboard, and given pretty generous odds. Vino Russo is ridden by John Velaquez, who has experience here. Vino Russo was a debut winner back at Aqueduct in November.

Noble Indy 28/1

A little bit of a longshot here, but Noble Indy has been around the block. Noble Indy has earned $640,000 in non-restricted stakes. Another Todd Pletcher colt. This one won the Louisiana Derby, after coming in the favorite. This is a Winstar Farms led horse that has been a little questionable in other races.

Based on the Kentucky Derby Odds value, our pick to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby is Magnum Moon. This horse is incredibly fast and looks for Todd Pletcher and his group to have done the needed work to take down yet another Kentucky Derby title. This is a great horse that can really fly. Look for Magnum Moon to avoid getting stuck behind and roll the victory. We are really excited about the upcoming “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”. Enjoy the race!