Odds and Results of Kentucky Derby in the Past 3 Years

The past can help us decide what we should do in the present or the future. This is also true when it comes to horse race betting. Hence, as smart bettors, we must talk about what happened in the three previous races of the Kentucky Derby so that it can help us predict what might happen in the future.

The odds of the previous race are as important as the current year’s races. They are indicators of a horse’s consistency when it comes to certain situations and environments. So, let us go through the racing odds and the outcome of the Kentucky Derby in the last three years.

2020 Kentucky Derby winner, Authentic (8-1 odds)

2020 Kentucky Derby

The first kentucky derby past odds that we will talk about is the 2020 Kentucky Derby. In 2020, Bob Baffert’s Authentic took home the trophy. Authentic was jockeyed by John R. Velasquez, one of the most famous jockeys in horse racing.

Authentic ran past the race favorite, Tiz the Law, and bagged the winning spot. He was only the third favorite of the said race, but Authentic proved to everyone that being a favorite does not matter. A horse, in the right conditions, can topple even the fastest opponent.

Here is the list of the competitors in the 2020 Kentucky Derby, along with their odds.

  • Tiz the Law is a heavy favorite with an odds of 5-8
  • Honor A.P. with an odds of 6-1
  • Authentic with an odds of 8-1
  • NY Traffic with an odds of 16-1
  • Money Moves with an odds of 18-1
  • Max Player with an odds of 20-1
  • Enforceable with an odds of 24-1
  • Sole Volante with an odds of 35-1
  • Attachment Rate with an odds of 45-1
  • Storm the Court with an odds of 45-1
  • South Bend with an odds of 50-1
  • Major Fed with an odds of 60-1
  • Mr. Big News with an odds of 80-1
  • Necker Island with an odds of 85-1
  • Winning Impression with an odds of 100-1
May 4, 2019; Louisville, KY, USA; Flavien Prat aboard Country House (20) races during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2019 Kentucky Derby

Now let us talk about the Kentucky Derby in 2019. The winner of that year’s race was Country House, which was also not the favorite in that race. Country House was trained by William I. Mott and jockeyed by Flavien Prat.

This is another race that proved you do not need to be a favorite to win the race. That said, here are the odds of that year’s race. Look closely at who were the favorites and where Country House was positioned on the board.

  • Maximum Security is the heavy favorite with an odds of 9-2
  • Improbable with an odds of 9-2
  • Tacitus with an odds of 5-1
  • Game Winner with an odds of 6-1
  • Roadster with an odds of 10-1
  • Code of Honor with an odds of 13-1
  • By My Standards with an odds of 17-1
  • Win Win Win with an odds of 14-1
  • War of Will with an odds of 15-1
  • Vekoma with an odds of 21-1
  • Cutting Humor with an odds of 23-1
  • Gray Magician with an odds of 29-1
  • Tax with an odds of 35-1
  • Long Range Toddy with an odds of 50-1
  • Master Fencer with an odds of 57-1
  • Spinoff with an odds of 52-1
  • Plus Que Parfait with an odds of 54-1
  • Country House with an odds of 62-1
  • Bodexpress with an odds of 78-1
Justify, 2018 Kentucky Derby winner (odds 5-2)

2018 Kentucky Derby

During the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Justify was the favorite winner of that year’s race. He was trained by Bob Baffert and jockeyed by Mike E. Smith. Moreover, he was positioned on the 7th gate and reached the finish line with 2:04.20 on the clock.

Justify was not bothered at all with the sloppy track he was running. Later on, he was declared the newest triple crown winner as he also dominated the race tracks on the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.

Here are Justify’s contenders, along with their odds.

  • Justify is the favorite with an odds of 5-2
  • Mendelssohn with an odds of 6-1
  • My Boy Jack with an odds of 6-1
  • Audible with an odds of 7-1
  • Bolt d’Oro with an odds of 8-1
  • Good Magic with an odds of 9-1
  • Magnum Moon with an odds of 13-1
  • Vino Rosso with an odds of 14-1
  • Lone Sailor with an odds of 24-1
  • Hofburg with an odds of 27-1
  • Flameaway with an odds of 37-1
  • Free Drop Billy with an odds of 44-1
  • Promises fulfilled with an odds of 48-1
  • Enticed with an odds of 51-1
  • Firenze Fire with an odds of 59-1
  • Noble Indy with an odds of 59-1
  • Solomini with an odds of 63-1
  • Bravazo with an odds of 67-1
  • Combatant with an odds of 70-1
  • Instilled Regard with an odds of 86-1

From 2018 to 2020, only one favorite won the Kentucky Derby within the last three years. Moreover, the 2021 winner of the Kentucky Derby was Medina Spirit, another horse under the care of Bob Baffert and jockeyed by John R. Velasquez.

Bob Baffert and John R. Velasquez’s tandem have produced a Kentucky Derby winner for two consecutive years. During this year’s Kentucky Derby, Medina Spirit beat the favorite, Essential Quality, Brad H. Cox’s horse.


It is hard to rely solely on the race favorite when placing your bet. The past three years and this year showed that winners would emerge from anywhere and from whatever position. Whether the horse is favorite or the least likely to win, he will conquer if he is destined to win.

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