How To Bet The Kentucky Derby

Written By LSR Staff on May 7, 2022
How to Bet Kentucky Derby 2022

Horse racing takes center stage this weekend with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby.

On Saturday, May 7, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, the nation’s top three-year-old thoroughbreds will battle over 1¼ miles with $1.86 million for first place at stake and a total purse size of $3 million. Post time is set for 6:57 pm ET with broadcast coverage on NBC.

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How to bet the Kentucky Derby online

Betting the Kentucky Derby online is available in 17 states. To do so, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Register for an account with a legal horse betting site, such as TVG.
  • Claim any bonus offers and/or make a deposit to fund your account.
  • Scroll through the list of available races and select the Kentucky Derby.
  • Review the odds for all of the horses in the field.
  • When ready to wager, click the odds that correspond with your selection.
  • Your choice will move over to the betting slip.
  • You’ll select the type of bet you want to place, enter your wager amount and verify that everything is correct.
  • Click to confirm and place your wager.

TVG and most horse betting apps are available in these states:

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wyoming

Morning line odds and post positions released earlier this week

The early favorite is Zandon, who will be racing out of post position ten at odds of 3-1. The Chad Brown-trained horse will be ridden by Flavien Prat, a jockey who tasted victory at the 2019 derby with Country House.

Next up is Epicenter at odds of 7-2 and in post position number three. On the Road to the Kentucky Derby, this entrant racked up the most qualifying points with a total of 164 and grabbed several notable wins, most recently at the Louisiana Derby. Steve Asmussen is the trainer, while Joel Rosario will be in the saddle on Saturday.

In third on the morning line odds board is Messier at 8-1 and running out of the sixth post. The Canada-born horse spent the prep season in California, taking first place in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita Park. The Tim Yakteen-trained entrant only has a few races under his belt, but the buzz continues to grow in horse racing circles.

For the remainder of the field, odds range from 10-1 up to 30-1. Other top point-getters from prep season that are in the field include Mo Donegal (10-1), White Abarrio (10-1), and Tiz the Bomb (30-1). The Derby is the 12th race scheduled for Saturday’s racing card.

How and where to watch the Kentucky Derby

NBC is the broadcast home for the Kentucky Derby. The network will be providing coverage on the main broadcast channel, as well as on Peacock, the NBC Sports app and

You can stream the Derby directly to your mobile device. Even better, you can have the TVG app open to keep an eye on the latest odds in real time. TVG is also one of the biggest broadcast homes for live horse racing action, and you can stream a host of other races directly through the TVG app.

Photo by Charlie Riedel / The Associated Press
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