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Kentucky Derby Odds: Second Favorite Epicenter the Most Backed Horse to win Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby odds and betting data ahead of the 2022 Kentucky Dervy. On Monday, post positions were announced for the 148th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Derby odds were released. Two days later, Epicenter has become the most popular pick.
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Kentucky Derby Odds: Second Favorite Epicenter the Most Backed Horse to win Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is only a few days away. That means, for now, the entire sports world has its attention on Churchill Downs and, more importantly, the Kentucky Derby odds.

Kentucky Derby odds were released on Monday when the final post position draw was also released to the public, and there were a few shockers in there, including which horse ended up being the favorite on the morning line.

Right now, according to Kentucky Derby odds, Zandon, trained by Chad Brown, is the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. But, as we know, those odds will change once the Saturday morning rolls around.

Still, despite the hype surrounding Zandon and his Kentucky Derby odds, it's second favorite Epicenter that has been the most-backed horse so far to this point, according to the latest ante-post betting data.

Whose Kentucky Derby odds should you be backing? Let's take a look.

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Kentucky Derby Odds

HorseKentucky Derby Odds
Mo Donegal10-1
White Abarrio10-1
Smile Happy20-1
Charge It20-1
Crown Pride20-1
Happy Jack30-1
Tiz The Bomb30-1
Barber Road30-1
Classic Causeway30-1
Ethereal Road30-1
Summer is Tomorrow30-1
Tawny Port30-1
Pioneer of Medina30-1

Kentucky Derby odds currently have the favorite Zandon sitting at 3-1 on the morning line. That makes Chad Brown's horse the favorite over the entire 20-horse field, but not by much.

Second favorite Epicenter is 7/2, just behind Zandon, making this really a two-horse race at the top of the Kentucky Derby odds board. That's not to say that only those two horses stand a chance to win, but the oddsmakers clearly see them as a class above the rest of the field.

Next up, according to Kentucky Derby odds, is Messier. Messier is trained by Tim Yakteen and his 8-1 odds make him the third favorite at the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Messier is followed by a pair of 10-1 horses in Mo Donegal and White Abarrio, rounding out the top five of Kentucky Derby odds.

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Kentucky Derby Betting

HorsePublic Betting %
Crown Pride9.57%

As far as Kentucky Derby betting has gone since the odds were released, it's stayed pretty much how you would expect. However, it's been surprising to see that Epicenter, not Zandon, is the most popular pick among bettors so far.

In the UK's ante-post market, 26.19% of all bets since Kentucky Derby odds were released have been on Epicenter to win the first leg of the Triple Crown.

In that same time span, 21.28% of bets have backed Zandon, the favorite, to win and 10.64% have backed Taiba, who opened at 12-1 on the morning line.

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Brian is a sports journalist with close to ten years of experience in the business. A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan with a passion for all things sports gambling.


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