Kentucky Derby – Run for the Roses

2018 Kentucky Derby Winner – Justify

Justify Wins the 2018 Kentucky Derby with Jockey Mike Smith and trainer Bob Baffert.  Justify’s race time odds were 5/2 he ends the Curse of Apollo after winning the 144th Kentucky Derby. 

It was a rainy day at Churchhill Downs which made the track muddy but Justify battled the mud and won in 2:04.20.



Now that the Kentucky Derby Prep Races are finished it’s time for the “Run for the Roses”!

We’re getting closer and closer to the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, “Run for the Roses”!! The race is scheduled to go off at 6:50 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 5th from legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY.

Run for the roses


Here’s a look at the entire Kentucky Derby field along with the current morning line odds as of 5/1/2018.

2018 Kentucky Derby Posit Postions 3Justify is the early odds-on favorite going off at 3-1 odds followed by the UAE Derby winner Mendelssohn at 5-1 odds.


A couple of notes to ponder concerning this year’s Kentucky Derby, Run for the Roses.

  • What the heck is the “Apollo curse” anyway? Well, the last time a horse actually won the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a 2-year old was a horse named Apollo. That was in 1882….yes that’s correct…..1882!!!!

Why is that significant this year? There are two entries in this year’s race that haven’t run as a 2-year old and that’s Justify along with Magnum Moon. Both have a good shot to finally put an end to that curse. In fact, Justify is the early, odds-on favorite to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. 

  • Speaking of favorites, did you know the post time favorite have won the last five (5) Kentucky Derby races (2013-2017)? You have to go back to 2012 when I’ll Have Another won with 15/1 odds. Will the favorite win for the sixth year in a row or will a longshot shock the field?
  • Three out of the last five winners of the Kentucky Derby have also won the Florida Derby in the same year. The 2018 winner of the Florida Derby was Audible.
  • And of course the most infamous stat of them all, there’s never been a horse that won the Kentucky Derby out of the #17 post position. That spells trouble for this year’s unlucky entry, Solomini who drew #17. 

How to Bet on the Kentucky Derby Online

If you are unable to attend the greatest horse racing event of the year don’t worry you can still place bets on the race.  There are many great Online Resources that allow you to get the information you need about the horse’s past performances

TVG is the online betting site that I use to place my bets.  They offer an awesome STATS Race Lens handicapping tool that is great for big races like the Kentucky Derby for members.

TVG’s Professional Handicappers share their tickets prior to the races so you can bet with the professionals. 


Top Online Horse Betting Sites

My personal favorite Top 2 Online Horse Betting Sites are and They are easy to use and provide great insight into the races before placing your bets. 

Both sites are offering Awesome Bonuses if you join up and wager on the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Races. 

  • TVG – Get up to $10 back if the horse you wager on to come in 1st place comes in 2nd or 3rd place.  There have to be at least 6 horses in the race to receive the 2nd place cash back and 8 horses for 3rd place. YOU MUST OPT-IN TO PROMOTION.

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  • Twinspire – Get up to $20 back if the horse you wager on to come in 1st place comes in 2nd place.  Advance wagers will not be considered for this offer you have to OPT-IN TO PROMOTION. Kentucky Derby Wagering




Be Sure to Join in and sing “My Old Kentucky Home” song before the Big Race!

“My Old Kentucky Home,” by Stephen Foster — Lyrics
The sun shines bright in the old Kentucky home,
Tis summer, the people are gay;
The corn-top’s ripe and the meadow’s in the bloom
While the birds make music all the day.
The young folks roll on the little cabin floor
All merry, all happy and bright;
By’n by hard times comes a knocking at the door
Then my old Kentucky home, Good-night!
Weep no more, my lady.
Oh! Weep no more today!
We will sing one song for the old Kentucky home
For the old Kentucky home, far away.



  1. Jaime

    I just came across your site. I’ve been thinking of going to the tracks sometime soon, never been. We do a lot of betting in the casinos, I live in Vegas, but it can get confusing. You point out Justify and Mendelssohn as being on-odds favorites. Is that usually how you bet or is there other research you’d recommend first?

    1. Alex (Post author)

      Hi Jamie, 

      There are always a public favorite horse in every race and yes you can bet on that horse but they only win 33% of the time.  It’s best to do your own research to figure out what horse you will win the race and if it’s not the public favorite and has nice odds you can get a great payout.  I use TVG‘s STAT Race Lens for my research which has all the stats that you need to pick a horse.  

      Horse Racing is such an exciting sport to be apart of, I would love to visit Vegas one day.  

      Good Luck at the ponies. 


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