Which Horse Does Vegas Like in the Kentucky Derby?

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The Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first Saturday in May, and serves as the first leg of the horse racing Triple Crown. For some, the Derby is more about the event than the race itself. Mint Juleps are the drink of choice, big hats and fancy dresses are the attire for women, and the men wear seerksucker or other vibrantly colored suits. In fact, spectators in the general admission section on the track’s infield focus more on their party than watching the race.

The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby is set to start today at approximately 6:24 p.m. Eastern time. The Derby, which is ran on the 1.25 mile track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., has been nicknamed “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Millions of dollars will be wagered on the race at sportsbooks around the world. There will be 19 horses in the field today after Stanford and Tale of Verve were forced to scratch. Here is a look at the eight horses the oddsmakers in Vegas think have the best chance at winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

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American Pharoah

  • Odds:  5-2
  • Trainer:  Bob Baffert
  • Jockey:  Victor Espinoza
  • Post:  17

America Pharoah will start out of post 17, but wear No. 18. He may be the favorite, but no horse has ever won the Derby out of the post 17. With that said, American Pharoah won his last race by eight lengths, and will have Victor Espinoza, who rode California Chrome to victory at the Derby and the Preakness last year, in the saddle.


  • Odds:  9-2
  • Trainer:  Bob Baffert
  • Jockey:  Martin Garcia
  • Post:  8

Dortmund is one of two horses in the Derby trained by Bob Baffert. As the son of Big Brown, the 2008 Derby and Preakness winner, Dortmund has the bloodlines that would suggest he has an excellent chance today.

Carpe Diem

  • Odds:  7-1
  • Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey:  John Velazquez
  • Post:  2

Carpe Diem has won four out of five career races and will be rode by Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez. His style is not conducive to starting in post 2, but that doesn’t mean Carpe Diem won’t be in contention down the stretch.

Firing Line

  • Odds:  9-1
  • Trainer:  Simon Callaghan
  • Jockey:  Gary Stevens
  • Post:  10

Firing Line won his last race and will be rode by Gary Stevens, who has three Kentucky Derby wins in his career. He has been competitive in every race he has run, and today shouldn’t be any different.

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  • Odds:  9-1
  • Trainer:  Kiaran Mclaughlin
  • Jockey:  Joel Rosario
  • Post:  15

Frosted drew post 15, but will start out of post 14. The Godolphin Racing owned colt is oozing with potential and could end up being one of the surprise horses today.


  • Odds:  16-1
  • Trainer:  Michael De Kock
  • Jockey:  Christophe Soumillon
  • Post:  6

Mubtaahij has won four of his last five races, but will be rode by Kentucky Derby rookie Christophe Soumillon.


  • Odds:  17-1
  • Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
  • Jockey:  Javier Castellano
  • Post:  3

Materiality will have two-time defending Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano in the saddle, but will face an uphill battle working out of the No. 3 post.

Danzig Moon

  • Odds:  18-1
  • Trainer:  Mark Casse
  • Jockey:  Julien Leparoux
  • Post:  5

Danzig Moon opened as an extreme longshot at 30-1, but is now 18-1 and one of the popular longshot horses among bettors. Nonetheless, Danzig Moon has only one win in five career races.

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Dortmund will join his father as a Kentucky Derby winning horse, and the win will give jockey Martin Garcia the first Derby win of his career.

All odds courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com.