The 2017 Kentucky Derby will take place Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs in Louisville. As usual, bettors will have a lot at stake at Churchill Downs. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming were early co-favorites to win the 2017 Kentucky Derby, but Classic Empire now tops the odds list, and there are some contenders close behind.
The Derby is the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown, which includes the Preakness Stakes on May 20 and the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
Here are odds to win the Kentucky Derby, according to Vegas Insider. Post time is set for 6:34 p.m. ET, and the race is schedule to begin around 6:46.
Kentucky Derby odds: Contenders, favorites
Lookin At Lee
Thunder Snow (IRE)
Fast and Accurate
State of Honor
Battle of Midway
J Boys Echo
Irish War Cry
(as of May 6 at 6:15 p.m. ET)
Kentucky Derby picks
Win: Classic Empire
Don't expect a long-shot winner; the horse favored in the Kentucky Derby has won the past four races. As of Wednesday’s post-position draw, that was Classic Empire and he is my pick to win the 2017 Derby. He won the Arkansas Derby in his last start, is 5-0-1 in seven starts and was bred from Pioneerof the Nile, who also sired 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. A foot abscess hindered Classic Empire in February, but he’s now healed and ready to return to his winning ways. -- Joe Rodgers, Omnisport
Place: Always Dreaming
12 Sonneteer 50/1
Despite being an award-winning trainer, Todd Pletcher has just one Kentucky Derby victory to his name and I think the bad-luck streak continues Saturday. Always Dreaming will be a popular pick to win, having won the Florida Derby by five lengths in his last start, but he was seventh in the Road to the Kentucky Derby Points and hasn’t had the best training leading up to Saturday’s race. -- J.R.
In the last 21 years, only two Kentucky Derby winners had finished worse than second in their final prep race; McCraken was third his last time out at the Blue Grass Stakes. I like his draw from the No. 15 position and he should run comfortably next to Classic Empire, who will be on his inside at No. 14. -- J.R.