2024 Kentucky Derby Odds: Final Futures Pool For 150th Run For The Roses

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Written By Dave Bontempo | Last Updated
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Fierceness, the new Kentucky Derby favorite at 7-2, will likely conclude the futures betting process as the chalk before 2024 Kentucky Derby odds open race week. But bettors have one more shot to gain favorable odds on other contenders for the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. This is a strategic opportunity, unfolding from Thursday at noon until Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in the form of Futures Pool No. 6 on horse racing apps.

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2024 Kentucky Derby Odds: Futures Pool No. 6 Opening Odds

Unlike prior pools, gamblers will not have to worry about Saturday stakes races impacting their pari-mutuel odds. These KY Derby odds close before the $750,000 Wood Memorial, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes, and $750,000 Santa Anita Derby can affect futures betting prices. This is the only pool to contain that feature. Previous pools ended on Sunday evenings, enabling Saturday results to impact closing odds.

The format will feature Win and Exacta wagering, with a minimum bet of $2.

HorseFutures Pool Odds
1Be You90-1
3Catching Freedom8-1
4Common Defense80-1
6Domestic Product40-1
8El Grande 050-1
11Epic Ride60-1
12Evening News99-1
14Forever Young10-1
15Good Money90-1
16Grand Mo the First99-1
18Honor Marie20-1
19Just a Touch30-1
20Just Steel25-1
21Lat Long90-1
22Me Vay99-1
24Mystik Dan30-1
25No More Time90-1
27Seize the Grey50-1
28Sierra Leone6-1
29Society Man99-1
34T O Password60-1
35Top Conor80-1
36Track Phantom30-1
37Tuscan Sky30-1
38Uncle Heavy50-1
39West Saratoga60-1
40All Other 3-Year Olds 30-1

The Risk and Reward of the Futures Pool

Gamblers are paid handsomely now at odds that will plummet if a horse performs well or wins a major Road to the Kentucky Derby race.

A futures wager on the 2024 Kentucky Derby odds is not refunded if the horse does not run in the Derby. A gambler thus projects several training and race patterns into a belief on whether a horse will compete in Louisville.

Bettors can also wager on the exacta combinations.

Recent developments have underscored the importance of this format. Here’s a look around the circuit at what has changed since futures Pool No. 5  closed last month.

Kentucky Derby Odds Changes Since Pool No. 5

Fierceness moved from 12-1 to 7-2  after obliterating the Florida Derby field. More than any other horse, he symbolizes the changing fortunes of the months-long Kentucky Derby futures pool. Hard to believe he was 99-1 just before his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile triumph surrounding Pool No. 1.

After flopping to third in the Holy Bull, he was still 15-1. Anyone who took him at this price may feel like a genius now. The Florida Derby triumph opened the eyes of the oddsmakers, who see a Breeders’ Cup and major stakes winner on the right trajectory.

Risen Star Stakes champion Sierra Leone remains squarely priced at 6-1, while Catching Freedom is the third and final entry in single digits. His impressive victory in the Louisiana Derby dropped him from 30-1 to 8-1, This might be a better price than he’ll receive in the Kentucky Derby.

Forever Young leaped from 20-1 to 10-1 odds after his stalking victory in the UAE Derby. He clocked nearly two seconds faster than 2023 winner Derma Sotogake, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby and second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Deterministic has gone from 30-1 to 15-1 after his determined stalking triumph in the Gotham Stakes off a seven-month layoff. His backers benefit from the betting gates being locked before the Wood Memorial, in which he is scheduled to run. He is lightly raced at 2-for-2. A victory in the Wood will probably cut his eventual Kentucky Derby odds in half. He’s good value at this price, especially if he delivers in the Wood.

Dornoch is 12-1 after capturing the field-shortened Fountain of Youth. He is entered in the Blue Grass Stakes.

Just Steel remains an excellent value at 25-1. He’s down from 80-1 in Pool No. 5 after his staunch effort to gain second behind Muth in the Arkansas Derby. Figure him to lurk under the Kentucky Derby radar and go off at a price.

Don’t bet on Timberlake, according to his trainer, Brad Cox. According to published reports Tuesday night, Cox said Timberlake won’t start in the Kentucky Derby despite having the qualifying points to do so.

Cox believes the 1 1/4-mile distance is not in the best range of his horse, who faded to fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Arkansas Derby. (Therein lies the risk element of the risk-reward equation of futures betting. Timberlake had been one of the favorites, 8-1, after winning the Rebel Stakes).

The field bet represented as All Other 3-Year-Olds, has now become a pretty big number, at 30-1. Early in the betting pools, this entry was the favorite. It makes sense for the odds to go up as oddsmakers believe major stakes races will produce the ultimate winner.

Good luck betting 2024 Kentucky Derby odds. There are still a few strong prices.