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Kentucky Derby Betting: A Timeless Tradition in Horse Racing

2024 Kentucky Derby Odds
PP Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Odds
1 DORNOCH Luis Saez Chad Brown West Paces Racing LLC, R. A. Hill Stable, Belmar Racing and Breeding LLC, Two Eight Racing LLC & Pine Racing Stable 20-1
2 SIERRA LEONE Tyler Gafflione Todd Pletcher Magnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Michael B., Smith, Derrick, Westerberg, Rocket Ship Racing, LLC and Brant, Peter M. 3-1
3 MYSTIK DAN Brian Hernandez, Jr. Brad Cox Lance Gasaway, 4 G Racing LLC & Daniel Hamby III 20-1
4 CATCHING FREEDOM Flavien Prat Phil D'Amato Albaugh Family Stables LLC 8-1
5 CATALYTIC Jose Ortiz Bill Mott Tami Bobo, Julie Davies & George G. Isaacs 30-1
6 JUST STEEL Keith Asmussen Yoshito Yahagi BC Stables LLC 20-1
7 HONOR MARIE Ben Curtis Michael McCarthy Ribble Farms LLC 20-1
8 JUST A TOUCH Florent Geroux Danny Gargan Qatar Racing (Sheikh Fahad Al Thani), Resolute Racing & Marc Detampel 10-1
SCR ENCINO Florent Geroux Brad Cox Godolphin LLC
9 T O PASSWORD (JPN) Kimura Kazushi Steve Asmussen Tomoya Ozasa 30-1
10 FOREVER YOUNG (JPN) Ryusei Sakai Larry Demeritte Susumu Fujita 10-1
11 TRACK PHANTOM Joel Rosario D.Wayne Lukas L and N Racing LLC, Brewster, Clark O., Caroom, Jerry and Breeze Easy, LLC 20-1
12 WEST SARATOGA Jesus Castanon Whit Beckman Harry L. Veruchi 50-1
13 ENDLESSLY Umberto Rispoli Chad Brown Amerman Racing LLC 30-1
14 DOMESTIC PRODUCT Irad Ortiz Jr. Saffie Joseph Jr. Klaravich Stables Inc. 30-1
15 GRAND MO THE FIRST Emisael Jaramillo Danny Gargan Granpollo Stables LLC 50-1
16 FIERCENESS John Velazquez Kenny McPeek Repole Stable 5-2
17 STRONGHOLD Antonio Fresu Brad Cox Eric M. Waller & Sharon Waller 20-1
18 RESILIENCE Junior Alvarado Victor Barboza Jr. Emily Bushnell & Ric Waldman 20-1
19 SOCIETY MAN Frankie Dettori Daisuke Takayanagi West Paces Racing LLC, Danny Gargan & GMP Stables LLC 50-1
20 EPIC RIDE Adam Beschizza John Ennis Welch Racing LLC 50-1

In the heart of the Bluegrass State, amidst a sea of vibrant hats and the echoes of cheering crowds, lies not just a spectacle steeped in history and prestige, but also a hub for Kentucky Derby betting—the Kentucky Derby. Known as the "Run for the Roses," this annual event is not only a pinnacle of achievement in the world of horse racing but also a prime occasion for enthusiasts and bettors alike to engage in Kentucky Derby betting. Held at the iconic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, the Derby not only showcases the finest thoroughbreds but also celebrates a rich tradition that has captivated millions worldwide including avid bettors.

A Journey Through Kentucky Derby Betting and History

The inception of the Kentucky Derby dates back to 1875, making it the longest-running sporting event in the United States. Its founder, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., was inspired by horse races he witnessed in Europe and aspired to create a similar event in America, inadvertently laying the foundation for what would become a celebrated tradition in Kentucky Derby betting. The first race, attended by approximately 10,000 spectators, set the stage for what would become an enduring legacy, both in horse racing and the world of betting.

The Historic Churchill Downs: Birthplace of the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs,with its iconic twin spires, has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since its beginning. The venue, named after John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land for the racetrack, has undergone numerous renovations over the years to accommodate the growing popularity of the Derby and the accompanying excitement of Kentucky Derby betting.

The Kentucky Derby: A Fusion of Speed and Stamina

The Kentucky Derby is a test of speed and endurance. Covering a distance of 1.25 miles, or 10 furlongs, it's a race that requires both tactical brilliance and raw power. Only three-year-old thoroughbreds are eligible to compete, making each Derby a unique showcase of new talent.

Notable Moments in Derby History

Over the years, the Kentucky Derby has been the stage for some of the most memorable moments in horse racing. From the triumphant win of Secretariat in 1973, setting a record time that still stands, to the unexpected victory of Mine That Bird in 2009, the Derby has never failed to deliver moments of sheer excitement.

Kentucky Derby Cultural Impact

Beyond the race, the Kentucky Derby is a cultural phenomenon that extends to the world of betting. It's a celebration of Southern elegance and tradition, from the fashion—marked by the famous Derby hats—to the mint juleps, and a key event for Kentucky Derby betting enthusiasts. The Derby also has a significant economic impact on Louisville, drawing thousands of visitors and generating substantial revenue for the city, partly thanks to the betting activity it inspires.

The Kentucky Derby, with its blend of sporting excellence, cultural significance, and betting excitement, stands as a testament to the enduring allure of horse racing. As we look forward to the next chapter in its storied history, one thing remains certain: the Kentucky Derby will continue to be a beacon of tradition, excitement, and opportunity in the world of sports betting.

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BUSR offers Futures Wagers, Match Races and all track betting options for the Kentucky Derby. This year the race will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2025.

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Where can I Watch the 2025 Kentucky Derby?

You can watch the live coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. EST on TV on NBC or live stream on

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