Kentucky Derby: Odds, best bets & how to get a $200 bonus bet

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Churchill Downs plays host to the 2023 Kentucky Derby this weekend, with fans flocking to the infamous racetrack to watch the first gem in this year’s triple crown. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the event

Kentucky Derby info

When? Saturday, May 6th
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky
Distance: 1.25 Miles
Winners Purse: $3 million
Post time: 6:10 pm EST
Television: NBC

Kentucky Derby: Odds ahead of 2023 race

Tapit Trice5/1
Angel of Empire8/1
Derma Sotogake10/1
Practical Move10/1
Two Phil’s12/1
Confidence Game20/1
Hit Show30/1
Lord Miles30/1
Rocket Can30/1
Jace’s Road50/1
Sun Thunder50/1
Reincarnate 50/1
Raise Cain50/1

The Kentucky Derby is always a good place to look for value, although it’s hard to look past Tapit Trice this year. The horse is coming off a win at the Tampa Bay Derby as well as a victory at the Blue Grass Stakes. However, this is a much larger field than he’s used to and that is bound to play a factor.

Kentucky Derby
FILE – Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Forte to victory during the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race at Keenelend Race Course, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, in Lexington, Ky. Todd Pletcher-trained colt Forte and Brad Cox’s filly Wet Paint are the morning line favorites respectively for the 149th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. Forte, the 2-year-old champion whose 190 points led the Derby qualifying trail, drew the No. 15 post at 3-1 odds on Monday, May 1, 2023, for the $3 million premier race for 3-year-olds. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

One of the chasing pack that draws intrigue is ‘Verifying’ at 15/1. He only lost by an inch at the Blue Grass Stakes to Tapit Trice and is nearly double the price. However, he looked lost in an 11-horse field a couple of months ago and with a bigger pack to contend with, he could struggle if unable to set the tone.

If you want a slightly longer shot, ‘Confidence Game’ at 20/1 is a great look for E/W placing. He came 3rd at this track in July last year before winning at Churchill Downs just over a month later. His form around the track has been impressive and while a longshot, comes with a lot of promise due to Desormeaux’s training.

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By clicking any link on this page, you’ll be given a $200 bonus bet courtesy of TwinSpires. To claim, all you have to do is sign up using the link, create an account and place a wager on this weekend’s Kentucky Derby. If your bet wins, congratulations! If not, you’ll be refunded the value of the wager in free bets.

That means if you were to back ‘Verifying’ at 15/1, you could land over $3,000 in winnings. If it loses, you’d get your money back as a bonus bet.

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)