2019 Kentucky Derby Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta Picks

2019 Kentucky Derby Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta Picks

Written by on May 4, 2019

The 2019 Kentucky Derby is the only race this year in the United States that will have 20 horses. Because there are so many runners, ticket cost can get up there if horseplayers don’t use a key horse. After handicapping the race, the key horse looks to be Maximum Security. However, if you have a different key horse in mind, you can still use these exacta, trifecta, and superfecta ticket construction strategies. Just replace Maximum Security and the horses used here with your key horse and the horses you like for you 2019 Kentucky Derby betting ticket.

2019 Kentucky Derby Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta Picks

Key Horse: Maximum Security

The 2019 Florida Derby winner doesn’t seem to be a need the lead type. He should be in a good position along the backstretch and gets one of the hottest riders in the U.S. to take the call in Luis Saez. He shouldn’t be the favorite, either. That makes Maximum Security a logical key horse to build exacta, trifecta, and superfecta picks around.

Exacta Picks

  • Key Horse: Maximum Security
  • Using: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach
  • Spinoff – Trained by Todd Pletcher, he might have been short in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. He shouldn’t be short on the first Saturday in May. Not only that, but Spinoff should offer 20/1 or higher odds!
  • Vekoma – He hould be the early leader. Plus, candy Ride sired him. So, there’s no reason to believe he won’t go the distance.
  • Tacitus – The Bill Mott trainee won both the Tampa Bay Derby and the Wood Memorial. He’s the most accomplished runner this year.
  • Omaha Beach – He will likely go off the chalk. He beat Game Winner in the Rebel and Improbable in the Arkansas Derby.

Exacta Ticket

Maximum Security w/Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach

Reverse for less

Trifecta Picks

  • Key Horse: Maximum Security
  • Place Slot: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach
  • Show Slot: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach + Game Winner, Improbable, Roadster, By My Standards, Tax, War of Will
  • Game Winner – The two-year-old champ heads into this off two straight losses. He might have peaked in 2018, but he’s plenty good enough to get into the Top 3.
  • Improbable – Bob Baffert put blinkers on him in the Arkansas Derby and he still didn’t win. Like Game Winner, he might have run his best as a 2-year-old. He can finish third, though.
  • Roadster – He looked great in the Santa Anita Derby. But, he could bounce, and even if he doesn’t bounce, this could be too much too soon for him. Still, it’s hard to leave Roadster out of the show slot.
  • By My Standards – He won the Louisiana Derby after breaking his maiden in the race before. He continues to get better and better. He could actually win on Saturday, but tickets become too costly if we include every horse we like.
  • Tax – He only lost by 1 ¼ lengths to Tacitus in the Wood Memorial. He’s another that could win the roses. It’s impossible to include all of them in the place slot, though.
  • War of Will – He lost action along the backstretch in the Louisiana Derby. He’s been training lights out and he must be considered a real contender to at least hit the board.

Trifecta Ticket

Maximum Security w/Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach w/Spinoff, Vekoma Tacitus, Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Improbable, Roadster, By My Standards, Tax, War of Will

Reverse Trifecta Ticket

Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach w/Maximum Security w/ Spinoff, Vekoma Tacitus, Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Improbable, Roadster, By My Standards, Tax, War of Will

Superfecta Picks

  • Key Horse: Maximum Security
  • Place Slot: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach
  • Show Slot: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach
  • Fourth Slot: Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Improbable, Roadster, By My Standards, Tax, War of Will + Haikal, Cutting Humor, Master Fencer, Win Win Win, Plus Que Parfait
  • Haikal – He seems to be one of those closers who prefers a mile, maybe, 1 1/16 miles. However, he could surprise and finish fourth.
  • Cutting Humor – The horse he beat in the Sunland Derby was terrible in the Lexington Stakes. He’s trained by Todd Pletcher, though, which means he could run the race of his life on Saturday.
  • Master Fencer – The Japanese runner has never faced these. Then again, he’s going to offer massive odds to hit the board. Instilled Regard finished fourth in last year’s Kentucky Derby and he went off 85/1.
  • Win Win Win – He’s got the talent to win. However, he’ll have to make a trip and the horses in front of him, especially Vekoma and Maximum Security, are fast and have the lung capacity to get the trip.  
  • Plus Que Parfait – War of Will drubbed the UAE Derby winner earlier in the year, but this one’s sire, Point of Entry, won races all the way up to 1 ½ miles. He’ll love the distance and like Master Fencer could offer ridiculous odds.  

Superfecta Ticket

Maximum Security w/Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach w/Spinoff, Vekoma Tacitus, Omaha Beach w/ Spinoff, Vekoma, Tacitus, Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Improbable, Roadster, By My Standards, Tax, War of Will, Haikal, Cutting Humor, Master Fencer, Win Win Win, Plus Que Parfait.

No Reverse

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