Kentucky Derby wagering and handicapping information from our team of horse racing handicappers.

Pletcher Picks Up Second Derby Win, Time to End Mediocre Record Talk

Trainer Todd Pletcher picked up his second victory in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday with Always Dreaming getting the job done, and starting next year I am no longer going to mention his record in the Run for the Roses. He came into this year’s running with a mediocre 1 for 45 record in […]

Will a Speed Friendly Sloppy Track Greet Horseplayers for Kentucky Derby?

Mother Nature was not kind to Churchill Downs on Friday, with rain making the main track sloppy and the turf course rated as good, with two of the grass races moved to the main track. Speed prevailed early on the card, with five winners going gate to wire in the first eight races on the […]

Paradise Woods Heads Full Field in Kentucky Oaks

The $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on Friday drew a full field of 14 fillies along with an also-eligible, led by Paradise Woods, who as installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Oaks Day card features five supporting stakes on an outstanding 13-race card— the Grade 3 $150,000 Edgewood, Grade 2 $200,000 Eight Belles, […]

Classic Empire Widens Gap in Early Kentucky Derby Wagering

Classic Empire had plenty of horseplayers jumping off his bandwagon after coming out of his third place finish in the Holy Bull (G2) with a foot abscess, but many are jumping back on board and the colt has widened the gap in early Kentucky Derby (G1) wagering. The colt came back in his final prep […]

Thunder Snow to be Aimed at Kentucky Derby

Leading three-year-old colt Thunder Snow will run in the G1 Kentucky Derby, America’s most famous race, at Churchill Downs, USA, on Saturday, May 6. The son of Helmet, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, will remain on dirt following two victories on the surface at Meydan, UAE, earlier this year including a last-gasp success in the […]

Updated Kentucky Derby Wagering Odds

We are now just days away from the world’s most important horse race and Kentucky Derby fever is sweeping the nation. Check out the Kentucky Derby odds at 5Dimes and you will see the lines shifting constantly as the public backs different runners. There is a guaranteed $2 million purse and the world’s finest three-year-old […]

Kentucky Derby Notes: McCraken Breezes Five Furlongs

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ McCracken turned in his penultimate workout for Kentucky Derby 143 by working five furlongs in 1:00.60 in company on a sunny Monday morning at Churchill Downs. Also working toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) on May 6 was a quartet of hopefuls from trainer Steve Asmussen: Hence (five […]

Updated 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Standings

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion Classic Empire returned from his two month break and disappointing three-year-old debut to win the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on Saturday vaulting from 21st to second in the Road to the Kentucky Derby points standings. Last year’s Eclipse Award winner for top juvenile spent months as the […]

Blue Grass Draws Tough Field and That is No Joke

The $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) at Keeneland may have been downgraded from a Grade 1 race, but this year’s field is as strong as we have seen in any Derby prep this season. The highly regarded McCraken, the co-favorite in early Kentucky Derby wagering at US Racing at 4-1 is the 7-5 morning […]

Road to the 2017 Kentucky Derby Points Schedule

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is slated for Saturday, May 6, 2017 at historic Churchill Downs, with the Road to the Kentucky Derby points race underway. There were 10 Road to the Kentucky Derby points races contested in 2016 and 26 more points races to be decided in 2017. To earn a […]