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Kentucky Derby First Look

2017 Kentucky Derby Odds

The 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby takes place on May 6th with Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry the top two choices in the latest betting odds. The early Kentucky Derby odds have five horses listed with odds of 10-1 or less, with Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry at about 5-1, while Classic Empire is 7-1, McCraken 8-1 and Gunnevera at 10-1. Let’s take a look a first look at the 2017 Kentucky Derby with a focus on those five horses.

Kentucky Derby Odds

Always Dreaming 5-1

Irish War Cry 5.5-1

Classic Empire 7-1

McCraken 8-1

Gunnevera 10-1

Girvin 15-1

Tapwrit 16-1

Hence 20-1

Battle of Midway 22-1

Gormley 25-1

Thunder Snow 25-1

Practical Joke 26-1

J Boys Echo 30-1

Battalion Runner 32-1

Royal Mo 35-1

Looking at Lee 35-1

Irap 40-1

Untrapped 45-1

State of Honor 52-1

Patch 54-1

Local Hero 65-1

Iliad 65-1

Fast And Accurate 80-1

Sonneteer 85-1

Top Contenders

Always Dreaming for Todd Pletcher could go off as the Derby favorite. He looked great in winning the Florida Derby, as he beat Gunnevera. There is no doubt the horse has a lot of talent but he doesn’t have a ton of experience and Pletcher has been a disaster in the Derby with just one win, as Super Saver won in 2010.

If Always Dreaming doesn’t go off as the favorite then it could be Irish War Cry who gets that honor. The horse has had just one bad race and that was the Fountain of Youth. The horse is the son of Curlin and he looked good in winning the Holy Bull and the Wood. He is trained by Graham Motion who won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 with Animal Kingdom.

Classic Empire was the 2016 Juvenile Champion and he is the son of Pioneerof The Nile. An abscess caused the horse to finish third in the Holy Bull but he dominated the Arkansas Derby. The horse could get a lot of late money and it would not be a surprise if he surpasses the top two and becomes the Derby favorite.

McCraken rolled in his first four races but he had a physical problem and didn’t look that great coming back in the Blue Grass. He does have a lot of experience at Churchill Downs but Wilkes isn’t a big name trainer and Brian Hernandez is not a big name jockey.

Gunnevera has the most experience of any Kentucky Derby contender and he has the type of running style that works well in the Derby as he comes from off the pace. This year’s Derby has a lot of speed which could set the race up for a closer like Gunnevera to win.

You may want to bet against the favorite in this year’s Kentucky Derby, as the law of averages is against the favorite. The favorite has won the Derby in the last four years. The last time five straight favorites won the Derby was from 1891-1896.

Check out the latest Kentucky Derby odds at BetDSI sportsbook.