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  • Track the average odds for the most talked-about horses competing at the 2021 Kentucky Derby
  • After the Breeders Cup, it’s Essential Quality listed as the 2021 Derby favorite
  • View which trainers and jockeys have had the most success at Churchill Downs

The 147th running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled to take place at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville on Saturday, May 1, 2021. We’re tracking the odds for every fleet-footed thoroughbred since they became available. The main graph on this page has been generated by calculating the average from many of the most trusted sportsbooks.

Kentucky Derby Top Contenders

  • [1/21/21] Life Is Good +1200 and Concert Tour +1400 have now entered the conversation in the top three favorites
  • [11/9/20] Essential Quality won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and has seen his odds shorten from +3000 to +1200
  • [10/14/20] The early odds favor Jackie’s Warrior at 18-1 odds to win the 2021 Kentucky Derby, after quickly shortening from an open of +3000

2021 Kentucky Derby Odds

Horse Odds
Essential Quality +1200
Life Is Good +1200
Concert Tour +1400
Keepmeinmind +1600
Midnight Bourbon +1600
Caddo River +1800
Senor Buscador +2000
Starrininmydreams +2000
Spielberg +2000
Proxy +2000
Mandaloun +2500
Jackie’s Warrior +2500
Hot Rod Charlie +2500
Highly Motivated +2500
Prime Factor +2500
Reinvestment Risk +2500
Medina Spirit +2500
Mutasabeq +2500
Classier +3300
Va Va Vegas +3300
Team Merchants +3300
Prate +3300
Van Gogh +3300
Hozier +3300
Bezos +3300
Fenway +3300
Brooklyn Strong +4000
Red Flag +4000
Editor In Chief +4000
Capo Kane +4000

Odds from Jan 21

Past 10 Kentucky Derby Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2011 Animal Kingdom John Velazquez H Graham Motion
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Claude R McGaughey III
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug F O’Neill
2017 Always Dreaming John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
2018 Justify Mike E Smith Bob Baffert
2019 Country House Flavien Prat William I. Mott
2020 Authentic J.R. Velazquez Bob Baffert

After a long delay due to the coronavirus, the 2020 Derby was finally run on September 5 and saw Authentic come out on top with a winning race time of 2:00.61. Authentic was not even listed in the early odds in the fall of 2019 but did first come up in the odds in February 2020 around +1600.

Trainers with the Most Kentucky Derby Wins


With Authentic’s win, it brought trainer Bob Baffert into an all-time tie with Ben A. Jones for most Derby wins by a trainer at six. It was Baffert’s second win in three years, last winning with Justify in 2018.

Jockeys with the Most Kentucky Derby Wins

Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack were both under 5’5″, but they remain true giants in the world of horse racing, having won five Kentucky Derbies each. The pair are enshrined in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. Riding Authentic in 2020, jockey John Velazquez has entered the conversation as one of the best of all-time himself, tied with several other jockeys with three wins. He’s won twice in the past four years and sits only behind Arcaro and Hartack, as well as Bill Shoemaker (4 wins) for the most jockey wins.


Archived Kentucky Derby Odds: 2020, 2019

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