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Updated 2021 Kentucky Derby Odds, Predictions and Top Betting Favorites

Updated 2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

A clear difference is seen between Essential Quality and the rest of the 2021 Kentucky Derby Field.  But that is the beauty of Derby Day.  Most people don’t see past the obvious.  Essential Quality is undefeated and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion.  His status as 2021 Kentucky Derby best bet is understandable.  However, the Kentucky Derby is unlike any other race each year. Saturday’s field will be world-class.  And the best of any race run the entire year.  All of which means that several quality choices can win.

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021, 5:50 p.m. ET
Location: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

2021 Kentucky Derby CashBet Odds Overview

On this occasion, Essential Quality is causing a virtual Bitcoin sportsbook Stampede.  More casual money flows into the Kentucky Derby than any other horse race each year.  For literally millions of gamblers, it is the only horse race they will wager on in 2021.  Thus, with so much ignorant money being wagered, it’s going on the undefeated chalk. That’s the simple-minded comfort zone of the masses.  Counter to that is the huge opening left for gambling on quality horses at good prices.

Essential Quality 5/2

Five wins in five starts make Essential Quality the betting on Kentucky Derby favorite.  Additionally, his victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is considered the industry gold standard.  The question is if the price makes it worth the risk.

Hot Rod Charlie 6/1   

Last time out for Hot Rod Charlie was a win in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.  Before that, he finished 3rd at the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes and 2nd at the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  Fans may be overreacting to his last race.

Medina Spirit 8/1

Namely, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert brings immediate cache to the Kentucky Derby Betting odds.  Baffert trained the 2015 and 2018 Triple Crown-winning horses.  Further, he has six career wins at the Kentucky Derby.  Baffert adds to the price tag of any horse that he trains.  Many casual gamblers know about him.  Medina Spirit has one win and three second-place finishes in four starts.  He is coming off a 2nd place finish at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.

Rock Your World 8/1

Rock Your World wasn’t on anyone’s radar until his win at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.  As is often the case, such a prestigious win catches plenty of attention.  Namely, Trainer John W. Sadler brings additional 2021 Kentucky Derby betting street cred as a Breeders’ Cup Classic winner.

Known Agenda 12/1

Yet another world-class trainer is Todd Pletcher, who leads Known Agenda this year.  Pletcher has two Kentucky Derby career wins and three more wins at the Belmont Stakes.  He has seven Eclipse Awards as the nation’s top trainer.  All of which leads to Known Agenda.  Last time out for Known Agenda was a win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

Highly Motivated 15/1

Highly Motivated is trained by 2016 Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.  This horse is coming off a second-place finish at the Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.  Previously he won the Nyquist Stakes in his rookie run.

Mandaloun 15/1

On the whole, Mandaloun caught attention for winning the Grade 2 Risen Star.  He has two wins in four career starts.

2021 Kentucky Derby CashBet Free Picks

In this situation, Midnight Bourbon brings potentially huge Kentucky Derby gambling value.  He won the Grade 3 Lecomte Stakes.  Further, he has two third-place and two second-place finishes in graded races.  Steven M. Asmussen is a world-class trainer.  And the price is right!

2021 Kentucky Derby CashBet Best Bet: 

Midnight Bourbon


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