Kentucky Derby Expert Predictions

David Kaestle
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The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, is set to take place Saturday, May 4. While we're still one week away from 2019 running, experts are already making their predictions for the most famous horse race on earth.

If you're looking to place a wager on the Kentucky Derby, it would be wise to take a look at what some of the industry experts are saying about it first.

Kentucky Derby Predictions

Twin Spires

Scott Shapiro, of Twin Spires, likes Improbable, based on the fact that he is trained by famed trainer, Bob Baffert.

Bleacher Report

The team at Bleacher Report says to look out for two of the favorites in Omaha Beach and Tacitus to make some serious noise Saturday. However, they are ultimately siding with Omaha Beach due to the lack of success at the Kentucky Derby by Tacitus' trainer Bill Mott and jockey Jose Ortiz.


Todd, of SundayEdgeTodd, is skipping the favorites this year and going with a dark horse in Long Range Toddy. With so many betting favorites huddled at the top, going with a long shot might be the only way to grab some value.

All three expert opinions highlighted above are split here, with one backing Improbable, another taking Omaha Beach and the third going with Long Range Toddy.

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