Kentucky Derby Odds: Early 2019 Favorite in Action on Saturday

We are now just four weeks away from the first Saturday of May, when a field of 20 will line up in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1). Early Kentucky Derby odds are available.

We have three major Road to the Kentucky Derby points races on tap on Saturday afternoon. We will see the early betting favorite for the Run for the Roses in action.

The Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner will be the one to beat in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1). The colt will face five tough foes.

The colt is the current favorite on the early Kentucky Derby odds at +600. He suffered his first loss in his three-year-old debut in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park.

Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) champion was beaten by a nose in the Rebel by Omaha Beach.

His biggest threat in the Santa Anita Derby may be his stablemate Roadster, which makes his second start this year. He graduated in his debut last summer and then ran third in the Del Mar Futurity (G1). Roadster lost by two lengths to Game Winner.

The colt made his three-year-old debut in a first level optional claimer, where he was a sharp winner on March 1 going a mile over the Santa Anita main track. The colt is the current co-sixth choice in Kentucky Derby betting at +2000.

Eleven Face Off in Wood at Aqueduct

The $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct drew a competitive field of 11. This includes a trio of graded stakes winners in Tax, Tacitus and Haikal.

The Danny Gargan-trained Tax is coming off a victory in the Withers (G3) over the Aqueduct main track on February 2. Tacitus won the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The victory came in his first start against winners. Haikal has won three in a row after missing in his career debut by a neck. He won the Gotham (G3) on March 9 going a mile over the Big A surface.

Haikal and Tacitus are listed at +2500 on the Kentucky Derby odds, while Tax is currently at +3300.

Another danger in the race is the Todd Pletcher-trained Outshine, who ran a good second in the Tampa Bay Derby. Pletcher has won the Wood in five of the last nine years, including last year with Vino Rosso. As a result, Outshine could be one to watch at Aqueduct. A good showing could move him up the list of Kentucky Derby horses.

Kentucky Derby Odds Contender, Vekoma, Heads Full Field in Blue Grass

The $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on Saturday drew a full field of 14 led by Vekoma. He was installed as the 9-5 morning line favorite.

Trained by George Weaver, the colt won the Nashua (G3) in his second career start and was third in the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park in his last outing.

The colt sits at +2500 on the Kentucky Derby odds at sportsbooks.

Win Win Win was the beaten favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby in his last outing and looks like the biggest threat. The colt won the Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs in his previous start by seven lengths.

Signalman was seventh in the Fountain of Youth in his last outing. This was his first start since winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) last November at Churchill Downs.

Somelikeithotbrown ships in from Turfway Park, where he won the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) in his last outing over the synthetic surface. The Mike Maker trainee has not raced on a fast dirt surface.

The three Road to the Kentucky Derby point races will be live on the NBC Sports Network from 5:30 to 7:30 ET.

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