The Kentucky Derby odds board is taking shape, with the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs just two weeks away.
The Kentucky Derby 2021 odds are constantly changing ahead of the May 1 race and that will likely continue throughout the month of April as the complete field of 20 is still to be determined. But we've had a clear leader for the last stretch and that hasn't changed with the updated board.
Let's take a look at the betting odds and see who the Kentucky Derby favorite is for the prestigious horse race that kicks off the first leg of this year's Triple Crown schedule.
Kentucky Derby odds
|Horse||Odds to win|
|Rock Your World||+500|
|Hot Rod Charlie||+900|
|Like The King||+2,000|
|Soup And Sandwich||+2,500|
|Get Her Number||+4,000|
Odds courtesy of bet365 on April 17, 2021.
Favorites to win 2021 Kentucky Derby
Essential Quality remains the favorite to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby at +225 odds. Essential Quality is a perfect 5-for-5 with recent wins at the Southwest Stakes at the end of February and the Blue Grass Stakes to begin April.
A bit over a month ago, Essential Quality was a +800 favorite, then was tied with Concert Tour at +350 two weeks ago, and is now once again alone at the top of the betting board.
Rock Your World has taken over the No. 2 spot at +500. Rock Your World recently punched his Kentucky Derby ticket by winning the G1 Santa Anita Derby on April 3.
Hot Rod Charlie and Highly Motivated are tied with Super Stock at +900. Both thoroughbreds have climbed the past month, as Hot Rod Charlie was +2,000 at the end of February while Highly Motivated was +2,500. Highly Motivated finished second to Essential Quality at the Blue Grass Stakes.
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 last year by edging out heavy favorite Tiz the Law. 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|
|2012||I'll Have Another||19||15/1|
|2009||Mine That Bird||8||50/1|
Where can I bet on the Kentucky Derby?
This all depends on where you live. If you’re in the USA, betting on the Kentucky Derby online isn’t as simple as simply launching your favorite sportsbook app. Instead, you’ll have to use a specialist-pooled horse racing betting site such as BetAmerica.
Kentucky Derby odds FAQs
What were the odds for the Kentucky Derby?
Authentic closed at odds of 8/1 before winning the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
How do odds work in the Kentucky Derby?
Most odds you will see for the Kentucky Derby are the odds to win the race. The odds above are listed in American format.
Who has the best odds to win the Kentucky Derby?
Essential Quality and Concert Tour are co-favorites to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby with odds of +350, as of mid-April.