2024 Kentucky Derby Betting Preview

2024 Kentucky Derby Betting Preview

As the 2024 Kentucky Derby approaches, Fierceness, Sierra Leone, and a host of talented contenders prepare to vie for racing immortality and ignite their hopes of securing the coveted Triple Crown. With the unpredictability of the Derby, each horse carries the hopes and dreams of fans and bettors alike, eagerly anticipating the thrill of the most exciting two minutes in sports.

Using a combination of predictive analytics and machine learning we've identified the runners that you should consider wagering on this Saturday, in this exclusive preview.

Learn how to claim a 'No-Sweat' first bet on the Kentucky Derby HERE.

The Contenders:

Fierceness (No. 17)

Our machine learning and predictive analytics tools have identified Fierceness as the top contender for the 2024 Kentucky Derby, following his stunning victory by 13 and 1/2 lengths in the Florida Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher, questions loom about whether Fierceness peaked too soon or if he's a generational talent capable of clinching the Triple Crown. However, with odds of 5/2, all eyes are on him to maintain his incredible form and claim victory in the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Bet on Fierceness to win here.

Sierra Leone (No. 2)

Trained by Chad C. Brown, who, interestingly, is known more for his expertise with turf horses and fillies and mares, rather than colts on the dirt, this 3yo emerges as another formidable contender with impressive speed and consistency. Sired by Gun Runner, Sierra Leone boasts an impressive record, winning three out of four career starts. With exceptional average speed ratings and a pedigree to match, Sierra Leone is a leading chance to win the Race for the Roses at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

The Next Best:

Just a Touch (No. 8)

Despite being un-raced as a 2-year-old, Just a Touch, son of the legendary Justify, has swiftly emerged as a contender with strong showings in the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes and Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes. Trainer Brad Cox acknowledges the need for further improvement, but Just a Touch's talent and progression, evidenced by rising Beyer speed figures, make him a noteworthy challenger in the Derby lineup.

Bet on Just a Touch to place here.

Catching Freedom (No. 4)

With a commendable 3-0-1 record in five career starts, Catching Freedom, trained by Brad Cox, presents a compelling case for Derby success. His impressive rally from last place to win the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby highlights his potential to shine on the grand stage. Despite being overshadowed by favorites Fierceness and Sierra Leone, Catching Freedom's record positions him as a formidable competitor poised for a breakout performance.

Forever Young (No. 11)

Forever Young, undefeated in his career, represents Japan's best chance at Derby glory. Despite historical statistics working against UAE Derby winners and Japan-bred contenders, Forever Young's impeccable record and international success mark him as a contender to watch. With odds of 10/1, this Japanese sensation has the potential to upset traditional Derby narratives and emerge victorious on American soil. 

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Best Longshot Bets:

Stronghold (No. 18)

With odds of 15/1, Stronghold emerges as a viable longshot bet for those seeking lucrative returns. While facing stiff competition from favorites, Stronghold's potential for an upset victory adds intrigue to the Derby betting landscape.

Domestic Product (No. 15)

At odds of 25/1, Domestic Product presents an enticing option for bettors looking to take a chance on the underdog. Despite being underestimated in the betting market, Domestic Product's potential to surprise makes him a compelling longshot bet worth considering.

Betting Strategy:

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Fierceness WIN
Just a Touch PLACE
Forever Young (JPN) SHOW

Nick Slade
Chief Content Officer

Nick Slade, with nearly two decades of experience as a sports and betting expert, serves as the Chief Content Officer at Cipher Sports Technology Group, where he steers the editorial and digital content strategy for leading platforms like Dimers.com, Stats Insider and Gambling Today. Specializing in soccer, Nick brings a global perspective to his coverage of the sport, including detailed analyses of MLS games. He also contributes to NHL content through game previews, best bets, and props, and lends his expertise to crafting NBA first basket betting content. 

With a robust background as a journalist and broadcaster, Nick has been a trusted voice on major networks and channels such as Fox Sports, WCBV-TV Boston, ESPN, ABC, and others. His profound understanding of sports and betting dynamics has made him a sought-after authority in the wagering and gambling industries.

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