Early 2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites & Analysis

Posted by Henry Watkins on Saturday,April 7, 2018 8:23, EDT in

We are now just one month away from the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, which is set to go on Saturday, May 5th at Churchill Downs. Over the next few weeks, we will get to find out which horses will be taking part, which means that many of the big stakes races that are coming up are essentially going to be a thrill, which is why it’s the perfect time to dive into a 2018 Kentucky Derby betting analysis.

If you have been paying attention to the world of horse racing betting over the past few months, you may already know some of the horses that are generating a lot of Derby buzz. We are going to talk about 4 horses that are getting a lot of attention and who may be in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.

Early 2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Favorites & Analysis

  • When: May 5th, 2018
  • Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
  • Surface: Dirt

Bolt D’Oro

This is a horse with some fantastic bloodlines, with the likes of Medaglia D’Oro and A.P. Indy found in his family tree, which is why he’s consider the 2018 Kentucky Derby Betting favorite. This Kentucky-bred horse has been in a winning mood from the moment he first stepped onto the track. He broke his maiden at the first time of asking, closing out his first season with 3 wins and a 3rd in his 4 races.

He has only had a single race in 2018, but he was once again a winner in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita last month. Look out for this horse at the Santa Anita Stakes, which is set to go on Saturday, April 7.


This horse got his start across the pond on British tracks, picking up a win and a 2nd in his first 4 races. We all started to take notice of Mendelssohn when he moved to the US and got the win at the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf race at the end of last year.

He has raced twice in 2018, winning both, but it was his scorching performance in the UAE Derby at the end of March that really caught the eye. He is the horse that all the punters are talking about right now.


This is another horse that seems to know nothing but getting to the finish line first. He came in 3rd in the opening race of his career but has gone unbeaten in the 4 races that he has run since then. His first big step up in class came in 2018 when he was entered in and won the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Audible is among other 2018 Kentucky Derby Betting favorites.

He followed that up with a win at the Grade 1 Florida Derby at the end of last month. Audible looks set to make some noise on horse racing’s biggest stage.


If you are looking for a horse that is still very much unproven, but who is still generating a lot of buzzes then look no further than Justify. He did not race at all in his 2-year old season but has come out this year and won both of his races in rather convincing fashion.

The true test for this horse is going to come on April 7 when he races in the Santa Anita Derby. If he can put in a solid showing in that one, his stock will almost certainly rise. The jury is still out on this horse, but I think he is one to keep an eye on.

Last 10 Kentucky Derby Winners

  • 2017: Always Dreaming
  • 2016: Nyquist
  • 2015: American Pharoah
  • 2014: California Chrome
  • 2013: Orb
  • 2012: I’ll Have Another
  • 2011: Animal Kingdom
  • 2010: Super Saver
  • 2009: Mine That Bird
  • 2008: Big Brown