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📽️ Kentucky Derby Betting Picks, Predictions & Odds | Saturday, 5/1

Nathan Joyce

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Kentucky Derby Betting Picks, Odds, Predictions and best bets for Saturday's 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs with the ConTENders picks Highyl Motivated King Fury from Ben Rasa and Josh Engleman

Awesemo’s horse racing expert Ben Rasa is joined by his ConTENders cohort Josh Engleman for a breakdown and preview of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. The pair will go over Ben’s favorite Kentucky Derby Betting Picks, as well as where to find the best odds and lines to make your wagers on for this weekend’s race at Churchill Downs.

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Highly Motivated will get revenge on that favorite here, and this is a great price. He should be around this 10-1 mark come post time, which is a significant gap between him and Essential Quality, who could end up around just 2-1. Highly Motivated lost his last race to the favorite, but losing by a head isn’t enough for this big of a difference in price. Highly Motivated should be stalking the pace and sitting a in decent position throughout the race. The 17 post isn’t great, but if he breaks cleanly, it should not impact his trip at all. With Javier Castellano aboard and Chad Brown training, everything checks out.

Kentucky Derby Exacta: Highly Motivated/Known Agenda/Rock Your World

Some exotic options for this race could be picking the first- and secondplace finishers (exacta) or first, second and third (trifecta). Both provide opportunities for huge payouts, as these are much harder to hit and thus have much longer odds. Highly Motivated would be the preferred pick as part of any exotic. Depending on risk tolerance and bankroll, a number of horses could be included, but the two best options are Rock Your World and Known Agenda. They each have the talent and skill to take down this race with the right trip. Known Agenda in particular is interesting despite breaking from the rail. For those looking for the massive payday, then including one of the longer shots in the mix can certainly do that. But as the odds indicate, they have an uphill battle on Saturday.


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