Horsing Around: A Cyber-Buffet of Derby Week Facts & Figures

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Kevin Stott

Sunday, April 29, 2018 3:50 PM UTC

Sunday, Apr. 29, 2018 3:50 PM UTC

Hey, where can we find some fresh 2018 Kentucky Derby odds, Kentucky Oaks odds, opening Preakness Stakes odds and a plethora of Derby props and fun facts? Read on.

Kentucky Derby Week: Fun Facts & Figures

The 144th Run For The Roses is Saturday as one of the best fields in recent memory (and maybe ever) converge on Churchill Downs for the 2018 Kentucky Derby (6:30 p.m. ET; NBC) to open horse racing's Triple Crown series and give us our first real big 3-year-old champion -- with no disrespect to the winner of Friday's Kentucky Oaks (5 p.m. ET; NBCSN).

The 20-horse Kentucky Derby field is loaded with talent and we will continue our coverage this week with a wrap-up on the long shots, a look at the post-position draw, historical results and the morning-line odds for The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports, a jockey-trainer-owner overview for the race, a race preview with a winner’s pick, some trifecta, superfecta and exotic ideas, track conditions forecast and, after the race, a Derby recap explaining what went right and what went wrong after the most talented 3-year-old thoroughbreds ran around an oval track at top speeds in the Bluegrass State on the first Saturday in May.

Seldom is so much money lost so quickly and loud rooms in Vegas sportsbooks turned immediately so silent and then empty as on Kentucky Derby Day. And like the race itself, 5% are happy then and 95% are sad (but usually too drunk to give a rip).

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Kentucky Derby Futures Odds

(April 28, BetOnline)

Justify +180
Mendelssohn +525
Bolt d’Oro +600
Audible +650
Magnum Moon +725
Good Magic +825
Vino Rosso +950
My Boy Jack +3000
Solomini +3000
Enticed +3500
Hofburg +3500
Noble Indy +3500
Flameaway +5500
Free Drop Billy +5500
Lone Sailor +6000
Bravazo +6500
Combatant +6500
Instilled Regard +6500
Promises Fulfilled +8500
Firenze Fire +9000

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Kentucky Oaks Futures Odds

(April 28, BetOnline)

Midnight Bisou +225
Monomoy Girl +250
Coach Rocks +700
Caledonia Road +800
My Miss Lilly +1000
Ravya +1000
Take Charge Paula +1000
Eskimo Kisses +1200
Moonshine Memories +1400
Separationofpowers +1400
Spectator +1400
Road to Victory +1600
Sassy Sienna +1600
Alluring Star +1800
Chocolate Martini +2000
Midnight Disguise +2000
Wonder Gadot +2000
Amy’s Challenge +2500
C S Incharge +2500
Cosmic Burst +2800
Blamed +3300
Classy Act +3300
Red Ruby +3300
Thirteen Squared +3300
Princess Warrior +5000
Stronger Than Ever +5000
Patrona Margarita +6600

Preakness Stakes Odds

(April 28, BetOnline)

Justify +350
Audible +600
Mendelssohn +700
Magnum Moon +800
Good Magic +1000
Bolt d’Oro +1000
Runaway Ghost +1200
Solomini +1200
Greyvitos +1400
Telekinesis +1600
Enticed +1800
Vino Rosso +1800
Diamond King +2000
Hofburg +2000
Machismo +2000
My Boy Jack +2000
Noble Indy +2000
Gronkowski +5000

Kentucky Derby Props Bets

(April 28, BetOnline)

Will There Be a Triple Crown Winner in 2018? Yes +550, No -1,000

Will the Crowd Attendance Exceed the 158,070 of 2017? Yes -140, No +100

First Quarter Mile Time: Over 22.8 seconds -120, Under 22.8 seconds -120

First Half Mile Time: Over 46.8 seconds -120, Under 46.8 seconds -120

How Many Lengths Will Kentucky Derby Winner Win By? Over 1.5 -180, Under 1.5 +140

Will Secretariat’s Record Time of 1:59.40 Be Broken? Yes +1100, No -5,000

Will a Horse Win the Kentucky Derby Wire-to-Wire? Yes +500, No -800

Will Any Horse Win 2 of 3 Triple Crown Races? Yes +145, No -190

Will the Winner of the Kentucky Derby Win the Triple Crown? Yes +550, No -1,000

Will the Winner of the Kentucky Derby Win the Preakness Stakes? Yes +150, No -200

Will the Winner of the Kentucky Derby Win the Belmont Stakes? Yes +250, No -400

Will There Be an Inquiry in the Kentucky Derby? Yes +450, No -850

Kentucky Derby Winning Time Over/Under: Over 2:02.65 -120, Under 2:02.65 -120

A Dirty Dozen Kentucky Derby Funky Fun Facts

1. The Kentucky Derby distance changed from 1½ miles to its current 1¼ miles in 1896.

2. The best time ever in the Kentucky Derby came from the icon Secretariat, who finished the 1¼ miles in 1:59.40 in 1973. The only other horse to break the 2:00 barrier was Monarchos (1:59.97 in 2001).

3. The slowest winning time since the race went to 1¼ miles was Stone Street, who finished in 2:15.20 in “heavy” track conditions in 1908.

4. Trainer Todd Pletcher has four horses in this year’s Run For The Roses: Audible, Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso, Noble Indy.

5. No jockey has won three straight Kentucky Derbies but many have two in a row, with Victor Espinoza the last to achieve the feat (aboard California Chrome in 2014 and American Pharoah in 2015).

6. No horse has ever won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 17 post position.

7. According to Churchill Downs data, the 2012 Kentucky Derby set a record for wagering with more than $187 million bet.

8. Churchill Downs is named after John and Henry Churchill, who gave the land for the track.

9. The Kentucky Derby is the longest continually held sporting event in the United States, run every year since the inaugural Run For The Roses on May 17, 1875, which was the first day of racing at the track, then called the Louisville Jockey Club, an organization created in 1882 by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition. The airplane was invented in 1903.

10. Right turns are actually legal at Churchill Downs, but not recommended.

11. The first live radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby was in 1925 (WGN, WHAS), while the first live TV coverage came in 1949 (WAVE-TV, NBC affiliate in Louisville).

12. The biggest long-shot winner in the Kentucky Derby came in 1913 when Donerail (below) won at 91/1 odds and rewarded his $2 win bet backers with a $184.90 payout.

Free Kentucky Oaks Winner Futures Pick: Monomoy Girl +250 (Bovada)

Free Kentucky Derby Props Bet Picks:

How Many Lengths Will the Kentucky Derby Winner Win By? "Over" 1.5 -180 (Bovada)

Will Any Horse Win 2 of 3 Triple Crown Races? Yes +145 (Bovada)

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