Sports betting on the Kentucky Derby

After the 2020 Kentucky Derby was moved to Labor Day Weekend last year due to COVID, the derby is back to the first Saturday of May.

The ‘Run for the Roses’ is one of the most popular betting events in the sports world, making it a busy weekend for sports books on the Coast.

Races will be happening all day Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs. A field of 20 horses are set to race in the 147th Running of the Derby Saturday evening.

Undefeated Essential Quality is the 2-1 favorite to win the ‘fastest two minutes in sports’ followed by Rock Your World and Known Agenda. Draft Kings at Scarlet Pearl Sportsbook Manager Brad Carpenter said, “We have a lot of people come from Alabama that go to OTB’s there and we have fairgrounds right up the road in New Orleans so there is quite a few people in the area that are interested in it. And Derby just brings out those people as well as the people that maybe only make one bet a year and it’s going to be Derby Day. We’ve had some people asking about Hot Rod Charlie and Rock Your World, too, is kinda popular at the moment.”

Early betting for the Derby opened today at the Scarlet Pearl. Bets can be placed on races Friday and Saturday right up until the gates open.

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