Sunday, May 19, 2024

Who Are The Current Favorites For The Kentucky Derby?

As we are approaching the Kentucky Derby scheduled for May 7th the talks for the favorites to win the race intensify. The road to one of the most prestigious races in the world will kick into gear over the next couple of months with a few prep races.


This will be the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby held at Churchill Downs, and before you start betting on your favorite horse, it is time to look at some data and possibly find out some information that will help you make a wiser betting decision.

It is still early to predict the winner of the race since we don’t have the contenders, but we can analyze the participants and check free past performances and insider picks by TwinSpires.

So, here are the horses to look out for, that stand as favorites right now.

Chasing Time

Chasing Time is an incredible horse owned by MyRacehorse, which is a rather unique company that offers fractional ownership in horses to shareholders. Abbey Huffman, who is a Midwest racing manager for MyRacehorse, estimated around 55 out of 3,220 horse owners were in the winner’s circle to celebrate its victory at Oaklawn.

Chasing Time is brad in Kentucky and it is trained by Steve Asmussen. The price tag of the horse is $250,000 and managed to earn close to $180,000 throughout its last races. Joel Rosario is the jockey that will inevitably race in the Kentucky Derby.

Classic Causeway

Here we have another Kentucky-bred horse with 16 Kentucky Derby points so far, (placing it on 1st place). Its last race managed to win Grade 3 Sam F. Davis this February and the next possible start before the Kentucky Derby is the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.

The horse managed to accumulate over $300,000 in career earnings and it is trained by Brian Lynch, which makes the Classic Causeway a serious contender for winning the Kentucky Derby.

Command performance

Even though Command performance is a horse currently ranking 7th in the Kentucky Derby points ranking, it’s got a real chance of winning the Kentucky Derby. It seems like the owners Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable are only participating in big races since its last race was in November in the Breeders’ Cup.

With Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 final odds of 33-1, Command performance is the 15th choice for winning the event. This means that you’ll get a hefty return on your money if the horse actually wins the race.


Corniche is another high-performance horse owned by Speedway Stables and trained by Bob Baffert. Over the years, this horse managed to get more than $1.25 million in career earnings.

Corniche would have been a definite favorite for the Kentucky Derby if it wasn’t for the uncertainty surrounding Baffert. Now the horse trains at WinStar Farm, but it is still not ready for the big event. Marette Farrell, the manager of the Speedway Stables, stated that they are well aware of its capabilities but they are not rushing him and forcing him to make the Derby.

This means that its appearance is still uncertain, but if Corniche makes it to the Kentucky Derby, it will definitely be a horse to consider betting on.

Early Voting

Even though this is a late-developing horse, it still managed to make a name for itself in the past couple of races earning close to $200,000. In the Kentucky Derby future wager pool 3 final odds it has 19-1, making him one of the favorites to win the race.

Currently, Early Voting has 10 points on the road to the Kentucky Derby placing him in 13th place. As a warm-up exercise before the big event, Trainer Chad Brown and Owner Klaravich Stables, plan to participate in the $300,000 Grade 3 Gotham on March 5th.

According to trainer Brown, Early Voting has all the attributes for becoming a world champion. The only thing he lacks is experience, but he will eventually get there after participating in a couple of major events.

Lindsey Ertz
Lindsey Ertz
Lindsey, a curious soul from NY, is a technical, business writer, and journalist. Her passion lies in crafting well-researched, data-driven content that delivers authentic information to global audiences, fostering curiosity and inspiration.

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