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Kentucky Derby Odds & Betting Lines 2022: Zandon Holds Top Spot on Friday Morning

The post positions are set and the odds have shifted for the biggest horse race of the year tomorrow.

Last Updated: May 7, 2022 7:11 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
John Velazquez aboard Medina Spirit (8) leads the field down the stretch to win the 147th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
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Betting odds for the 2022 Kentucky Derby are heating up with a roster of 20 of the best three-year-old horse preparing for the first Triple Crown event of the year

Kentucky Derby odds

Following the post position draw on Monday, No. 10 Zandon (4/1) jumped to a co-favorite position with spring-time betting darling Epicenter. Zandon now has a favored position at 3/1 on Friday morning.

Horse Odds to win 
Zandon 3/1
Epicenter 7/2
Messier 8/1
Mo Donegal 10/1
White Abarrio 10/1
Taiba 12/1
Charge It 20/1
Simplification 20/1
Smile Happy 20/1
Cyberknife 20/1
Zozos 20/1
Crown Pride 20/1
Tiz The Bomb 30/1
Classic Causeway 30/1
Tawny Port 30/1
Pioneer of Medina 30/1
Barber Road 30/1
Ethereal Road 30/1
Rattle N Roll 30/1
Summer is Tomorrow 30/1
Happy Jack 30/1
Rich Strike 30/1

Odds courtesy of TVG on May 7, 2022

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Kentucky Derby win, place, show odds

Post Position Horse Win Place Show
1 Mo Donegal 9/1 10/3 2/1
2 Happy Jack 66/1 28/1 20/1
3 Epicenter 4/1 13/8 11/10
4 Summer Is Tomorrow 50/1 22/1 14/1
5 Smile Happy 16/1 6/1 7/2
6 Messier 8/1 3/1 15/8
7 Crown Pride 20/1 8/1 5/2
8 Charge It 14/1 11/2 10/3
9 Tiz The Bomb 33/1 14/1 17/2
10 Zandon 5/1 9/4 6/4
11 Pioneer of Medina 40/1 18/1 11/1
12 Taiba 9/2 7/4 6/5
13 Simplification 16/1 6/1 7/2
14 Barber Road 40/1 18/1 11/1
15 White Abarrio 11/1 4/1 5/2
16 Cyberknife 16/1 6/1 7/2
17 Classic Causeway 33/1 14/1 17/2
18 Tawny Port 40/1 18/1 11/1
19 Zozos 40/1 18/1 11/2
20 Ethereal Road OTB OTB OTB
21 Rich Strike 100/1 40/1 33/1
22 Rattle N Roll OTB OTB OTB

Odds courtesy of bet365 as of May 7 at 7:11 a.m. ET.

Kentucky Derby odds over time

Kentucky Derby odds began the year with Smile Happy on top with 9/1 odds at bet365. Epicenter was the favorite for much of April, but Zandon topped the board following the post position draw. We've tracked each horse's implied probability of winning the Kentucky Derby since Jan. 2022. 

Odds of past Kentucky Derby winners

Although the Kentucky Derby favorite dominated at Churchill Downs from 2013 to 2018, Country House won the Run for the Roses in 2019 as the second-biggest underdog in Derby history at 65/1, and Authentic pulled off his own upset in 2021by edging out heavy favorite Tiz the Law. Last year, Medina Spirit bested Hot Rod Charlie to win. Here are the winners of the Kentucky Derby since 2000, their post positions, and their final odds.   

Year Kentucky Derby Winner Post Position Final Odds
2021 Medina Spirit 8 12/1
2020 Authentic 18 8/1
2019 Country House 20 65/1
2018 Justify 7 5/2
2017 Always Dreaming 5 9/2
2016 Nyquist 13 2/1
2015 American Pharoah 18 5/2
2014 California Chrome 5 5/2
2013 Orb 16 5/1
2012 I'll Have Another 19 15/1
2011 Animal Kingdom 16 20/1
2010 Super Saver 4 8/1
2009 Mine That Bird 8 50/1
2008 Big Brown 20 7/2
2007 Street Sense 7 9/2
2006 Barbaro 3 6/1
2005 Giacomo 10 50/1
2004 Smarty Jones 13 4/1
2003 Funny Cide 5 13/1
2002 War Emblem 5 41/2
2001 Monarchos 16 21/2
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 15 9/5

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Odds courtesy of Bet365 as of April 25, 2022

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