Kentucky Derby 2017 betting odds; horses to watch in the slop; an expert’s superfecta pick: Derby roundup
Betting on the 2017 Kentucky Derby could get a little trickier if the current weather forecast holds true and rain lingers at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs has up-to-the-minute odds for the Kentucky Derby, which shows shifts in bettors’ thinking with the big race looming. As of Friday afternoon, Always Dreaming is a 9-to-2 favorite, while Gunnevera (9-to-1) and Patch (14-to-1) are among the horses whose odds have improved throughout the week.
The forecast in Louisville looks more ominous with projections now calling for rain later Saturday, which could alter track conditions at Churchill Downs. The track is one of the fastest to dry in the country, but rain through the afternoon could still complicate betting strategy for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.
With that in mind, ESPN’s Katherine Terrell took an early look at the horses who could benefit from a sloppy track. “Wise-guy pick” Hence is already a bettor’s darling, but he might see his odds improve if the conditions are less than ideal.
Brian Zipse of HorseRacingNation.com also said Fast And Accurate’s chances of crashing the party as a 50-to-1 pick go up if the track is sloppy. He detailed the path to victory for every horse in the Kentucky Derby field.
The consensus among Horse Racing Nation’s staff is that McCraken will win the 2017 Kentucky Derby. This handy table features all of their picks in one place.
The only horse New York Times experts Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert agreed would be in their respective win-place-show picks was Irish War Cry. The duo did present another name to know in the slop: Thunder Snow.
Horse racing handicapper Hank Goldberg said this year’s race could yield one of the biggest exacta payouts in years. Goldberg said as many as seven horses are contenders to win and gave a superfecta box of Irish War Cry, Thunder Snow, Practical Joke and Always Dreaming.
CBS Detroit’s Kevin Martin is putting much of his $100 betting budget on Irish War Cry to win.
The New York tabloids are rolling out their 2017 Kentucky Derby late this week. The New York Post has a full breakdown of each horse in the Derby field. The Daily News has a bettor’s guide of its own, in which the staff says the 2017 Derby “may be the most wide-open Run for the Roses in some time.”
Rob McCurdy of The Marion Star touches on one of the big reasons for bettors to try their luck at the 2017 Kentucky Derby: the payouts. The Run for the Roses has potential for “lottery-sized payouts,” according to McCurdy, perhaps even more so with no prohibitive favorite on the board.