Bettors Up: How To Wager On The Kentucky Derby In Colorado

Written By Ian St. Clair on 09/04/2020 - Last Updated on March 21, 2024

There really is nothing like the Kentucky Derby.

In September.

Welcome to 2020.

In a normal year, the Run for the Roses would have happened already and for most sports fans, the Kentucky Derby wouldn’t even be a second thought. In fact, all of the Triple Crown horse races would have run already.

But this is no normal year.

So the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports is set for … Labor Day weekend.

Details on the race and available betting options are outlined below.

146th Kentucky Derby

What: The Kentucky Derby

When: Saturday, Sept. 5. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. MST

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky

Watch: NBC

New dates for major sporting events is the trend this year. The Indianapolis 500 was just held in August, and the Belmont Stakes happened at the end of June.

Yes, the final leg of the Triple Crown was run first this year.

In addition to the new scheduling, the Kentucky Derby will run with no fans in attendance.

Nevertheless, “Riders up!”

Derby odds

Latest odds as of April 14, 2021 from William Hill
1Essential Quality Luis Saez 3-1
2Known Agenda Irad Ortiz Jr. 5-1
3Rock Your World Umberto Rispoli 5-1
4Concert Tour Joel Rosario 10-1
5Hot Rod Charlie Flavien Prat 10-1
6Medina Spirit John Velazquez 14-1
7Highly Motivated Javier Castellano 14-1
8Mandloun Florent Geroux 18-1
9Midnight Bourbon Mike Smith 25-1
10Soup and Sandwich Tyler Gaffalione 32-1
11Super Stock Ricardo Santana, Jr. 35-1
12HeliumJulien Leparoux 35-1
13Dynamic One Jose Ortiz
14Bourbonic Kendrick Carmouche 70-1
15Caddo River Florent Geroux 75-1
16Rombauer undecided 75-1
17Sainthood Gerardo Corrales 75-1
18Like the King Drayden Van Dyke 80-1

The favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown is the Belmont winner Tiz the Law.

As of Thursday, TVG has the New York-bred horse at 3-5 and -167.

The Kentucky Derby odds have Tiz the Law at 1-1, with morning line odds at 3-5.

What makes Tiz the Law so fascinating is jockey Manny Franco ran his first Triple Crown race at the Belmont.

To get the first one out of the way, and win, is huge. But this is the Kentucky Derby. Even with no fans in attendance and the timing being far from typical, this is the race.

Franco said after the Belmont that Tiz the Law was calm and relaxed throughout the race. As NBC noted, that kept him confident in the irons.

It showed. Tiz the Law and Franco ran a flawless race at the Belmont and won by a significant margin.

If that happens again on Saturday, Tiz the Law should come out with the win again.

As for starting location, Tiz the Law will do so from the No. 17 post.

How to bet on the Kentucky Derby in Colorado

Now that you know the odds, you probably asked: How does horse betting in Colorado work and how do I bet on the Kentucky Derby?

There are a few options.

You can do so through 12 of the off track betting (OTB) centers in Colorado and through mobile betting with TVG.

The latter might be the best choice, given COVID-19 and the temporary closure of some OTBs. Plus, the fact you can bet from your couch while you watch makes Kentucky Derby betting easier than ever.

Bettors can use advanced deposit wagering (ADW) to place bets on the race.

TVG is a trusted name in gambling, and has plenty of great content and information in addition to betting. The site has handicapping from the professionals and it streams different horse races.

There is also an abundance of deposit methods on the site, as well as promotions and welcome offers.

Pick out your favorite hat and get that mint julep recipe ready.

It’s time for the Kentucky Derby.

Photo by AP
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Ian is an award-winning sports journalist and a University of Northern Colorado graduate. He’s a Colorado native and has over a decade of experience covering college and professional athletics. He broke into the gambling industry right as Colorado launched legal sports betting in 2020. Ian now manages the sites for some of the biggest gambling markets in North America and is an analyst for PlayColorado.

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