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Racebook Tips: Kentucky Derby Update And How To Prepare

Apr 20, 2018 | Horse Racing

The 2018 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 5. All Derby Prep races have taken place. Bob Baffert’s Justify is the current Derby favorite.

Now that the Derby Prep races are done, online bookie agents should keep reading to prepare for Kentucky Derby future wagers.

Action should start hitting online racebooks well before the First Saturday in May.

Racebook Tips: Kentucky Derby Update

Justify 5/2

Magnum Moon 5/1

Mendelssohn7/1

Good Magic7/1

Bolt d’Oro8/1

Audible8/1

Vino Rosso16/1

Noble Indy16/1

Enticed20/1

My Boy Jack20/1

Flameaway25/1

Solomini25/1

Online Racebook Recap

The odds above are what the Wynn Las Vegas released after Magnum Moon won the Arkansas Derby. Magnum Moon is a solid second choice at 5/1.

Justify is a solid favorite at 5/2. Mike Battaglia, who will set odds for the Kentucky Derby after the draw, has already said that he’s leaning towards making Justify the favorite.

It’s hard to knock Battaglia. Justify beat Bolt d’Oro in the Santa Anita Derby.

He’s trained by Bob Baffert. He’s sired by Scat Daddy, who also sired Mendelssohn and Flameaway, and he’s got plenty of upsides because he’s lightly raced. Justify can make his own trip in the Derby.

In fact, it’s difficult for any per head agent to argue against the Wynn Las Vegas odds. The 6 horses offering less than double-digit odds are probably the 6 that have the best shot at winning the Run for the Roses.

Good Magic produced a top effort in his third race as a 2-year-old. That top effort led to a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile win. Bolt d’Oro was as low as a +350 chalk to win the Derby during the winter.

Mendelssohn crushed in the UAE Derby. Magnum Moon looked great winning the Arkansas Derby while Audible proved he could rate when he easily handled his opponents in the Florida Derby.

Online Racebook Tips For Bookies

What does that mean to agents looking to prepare for the Kentucky Derby? First, it means that agents must set max betting limits on all derby contenders offering less than double-digit odds.

Risk-averse agents should set max betting limits on all horses offering odds to win the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

Second, agents should start promoting the Kentucky Derby right now. The best way to do that is to mention the Derby in weekend online racebook promotions.

For example, if you send out an email blast about racing at Keeneland on Saturday, April 21, make sure to mention the Kentucky Derby.

Finally, pay per head agents should offer free Derby racing forms to their clients. Here’s a link to a Horse Racing Nation page with free Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks past performances.

Just send the link off to your clients to ensure they have the tools to make future bets on the 2018 Kentucky Derby.

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