Early Look at the 2016 Kentucky Derby Odds and Moneyline

Posted by Eric Williams on Saturday,April 23, 2016 4:31, EST in

The 2016 Kentucky Derby may still be a couple of weeks from getting underway, but that doesn’t mean that horse betting aficionados can’t start preparing to make their picks on the world’s biggest and most coveted thoroughbred horse race. To that end, this expert 2016 Kentucky Derby betting preview will help you make the most out of all your derby wagers this year. With that said, let’s get started with a look at this year’s odds.

Early Look at the 2016 Kentucky Derby Odds

  • Nyquist: 4/1
  • Exaggerator: 25/4
  • Mohaymen: 17/2
  • Destin: 25/2
  • Gun Runner: 13/1
  • Mor Spiri: 27/2
  • Brody’s Cause: 15/1
  • Creator: 16/1
  • Cupid: 17/1
  • Danzing Candy: 20/1
  • Suddenbreakingnews: 25/1
  • My Man Sam: 25/1
  • Outwork: 25/1
  • Mo Tom: 30/1
  • Whitmore: 30/1
  • Zulu: 33/1
  • Lani: 33/1
  • Shagaf: 75/2
  • Gift Box: 40/1
  • Airoforce: 40/1
  • Trojan Nation: 40/1
  • Majesto: 45/1
  • Oscar Nominated: 45/1
  • Fellowship: 50/1
  • Swipe: 50/1
  • Tom’s Ready: 50/1
  • Flexibility: 50/1
  • Cocked and Loaded: 50/1
  • Cherry Wine: 55/1
  • Dazzling Gem: 55/1
  • Collected: 60/1
  • Matt King Coal: 125/2
  • Greenpointcrusader: 66/1
  • Discreetness: 66/1
  • Adventist: 66/1
  • Laoban: 75/1

With the Triple Crown prep season coming to a close following last Saturday’s Arkansas Derby, Nyquist has been listed as the favorite to win this year’s Kentucky Derby, though he’s clearly not getting the respect of some other past favorites. Longtime Churchill Downs odds maker Mike Battaglia recently called the favorite, “probably the least-respected undefeated horse coming into the Derby we’ve ever had.”

The good news for thoroughbred horse betting enthusiasts that like the favorite is that, as Battaglia said, “All he just keeps doing is winning”. “I think he’s a legitimate favorite,” Battaglia added. “He’s a really good horse. He’s got to make another step forward, that’s all. We’ll see how he trains. It’s a lot about who trains well over the Churchill Downs surface.”

Unbeaten in seven races after winning the Florida Derby April 2, Nyquist is owned by J. Paul Reddam of Windsor, Ontario. Reddam is a big Red Wings fan and named his horse after Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist.

2016 Kentucky Derby Money Line

  • Nyquist: +400
  • Exaggerator: +625
  • Mohaymen: +850
  • Destin: +1250
  • Gun Runner: +1300
  • Mor Spiri: +1350
  • Brody’s Cause: +1500
  • Creator: +1600
  • Cupid: +1700
  • Danzing Candy: +2000
  • Suddenbreakingnews: +2500
  • My Man Sam: +2500
  • Outwork: +2500
  • Mo Tom: +3000
  • Whitmore: +3000
  • Zulu: +3300
  • Lani: +3300
  • Shagaf: +3750
  • Gift Box: +4000
  • Airoforce: +4000
  • Trojan Nation: +4000
  • Majesto: +4500
  • Oscar Nominated: +4500
  • Fellowship: +5000
  • Swipe: +5000
  • Tom’s Ready: +5000:
  • Flexibility: +5000
  • Cocked and Loaded: +5000
  • Cherry Wine: +5500
  • Dazzling Gem: +5500
  • Collected: +6000
  • Matt King Coal: +6250
  • Greenpointcrusader: +6600
  • Discreetness: +6600
  • Adventist: +6600
  • Laoban: +7500

Mohaymen is also a favorite after recording a perfect campaign as a juvenile, including wins in the Nashua (G2) and Remsen (G2) races. Mohaymen also won his 3-year-old debut on Jan. 30, taking the Holy Bull (G2) and taking over as early betting favorite for the Kentucky Derby for a brief time. Excitement is also building for Exaggerator, the son of two time horse of the year Curlin after he won the Santa Anita Derby just over week ago.

Creator’s last-to-first win in the Arkansas Derby also has put him into the spotlight as a legitimate contender and made him Battaglia’s second choice to bring home the Kentucky derby hardware. “It’s always tough,” Battaglia said. “I don’t think this is much different than any other year…I think whatever horse gets all the buzz Derby week and is training well, I’ll make them my third choice.”

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Mor Spirit, Destin, Gun Runner and My Man Sam will also have a shot according to Battaglia, who was impressed with Sam’s last performance. “When he was dead last, I didn’t think he had a shot,” Battaglia said. “He came up there and ran a pretty doggone good race and I thought, ‘That was kind of impressive.’ I’m keeping him on my radar, at least.”