Kentucky Derby Sharp Betting Action: The 2 Horses Getting the Most Love from Pros in Vegas


Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Win Win Win works out with Country House and Tacitus

May 04, 2019, 05:11 PM EDT
  • The 2019 Kentucky Derby gets underway at 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4 (NBC).
  • Professional bettors in Las Vegas have put their weight behind two horses in particular in this wide-open field.

LAS VEGAS — Betting on the Kentucky Derby is somewhat unique in Vegas. Starting in January, some of the major sportsbooks offer Kentucky Derby futures on roughly 100 new 3-year-olds who MAY have a shot of winning the Derby.

Obviously 80 of those won’t even make the race, but the sharpest horseplayers are able to use this open market to find some great values long before race day.

Some of these big numbers have created large liabilities for a few sportsbooks in town. I went around to a few contacts to see the horses that the books will be cheering against the most. The answers were a little different from each location.



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