Kentucky Derby 2019 Date, Start (Race) Time, Favorites: Is Omaha Beach, Roadster or Improbable Best Bet at Churchill Downs?

It's almost time for the biggest horse race of the year – the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Last year's Triple Crown Winner, Justify, helped ignite interest in horse racing. But it's not like the Kentucky Derby needs any help for interest. It's the hats, the cocktails and the horse race of all races. And, this year's running promises to be a captivating dash over the one-mile-and-a quarter track with a competitive field and ideal conditions.

The biggest annual event in horse racing, the Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May for three-year-old thoroughbred horses. This year's favorites, according to the latest entries and three-year-old thoroughbred poll, will include Omaha Beach, Roadster, Improbable, Tacitus, and War of Will (see the latest poll of the top three-year-old horses and the opening odds below).

Kentucky Derby 2019 Date and Time

Saturday, May 4 with a post time of 6:50 p.m. Eastern Time.

Kentucky Derby 2019 TV Channel

NBC Sports

When is the Kentucky Derby 2019 Drawing for Positions?

Omaha Beach and Tacitus are the likely favorites when post positions are drawn, and morning line odds are set for the 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, according to the Associated Press. The draw for positions, which will then set the official odds, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 30.

What horse is the best bet in the Kentucky Derby 2019?

According to the AP, from 1980 through 1999, "the favorite never won the Kentucky Derby. In the 19 years since, the favorite has won 10 times _ including each of the last six." This year's track is expected fast due to dry and warm conditions, so handicapping the field may prove difficult. If the latest history is an indicator, however, favorites may be the best bet.

Here are the Kentucky Derby 2019 opening odds according to CBS Sportsline:

  1. Omaha Beach 7-2
  2. Roadster 7-2
  3. Improbable 5-1
  4. Maximum Security 6-1
  5. Game Winner 7-1
  6. Tacitus 14-1
  7. By My Standards 14-1
  8. War of Will 16-1
  9. Code of Honor 18-1
  10. Vekoma 20-1
  11. Spinoff 25-1
  12. Win Win Win 25-1
  13. Anothertwistafate 40-1
  14. Haikal 50-1
  15. Long Range Toddy 50-1
  16. Cutting Humor 60-1
  17. Tax 60-1
  18. Bodeexpress 100-1
  19. Country House 100-1
  20. Gray Magician 100-1
  21. Master Fencer 100-1
  22. Plus Que Parfait 100-1
  23. Signalman 200-1
  24. Sueno 300-1

The Kentucky Derby favorites can be gauged in part by the latest three-year-old thoroughbred poll released on Monday (April 29). Here's the latest rankings poll, according to the Associated Press:

1. Omaha Beach

2. Roadster

3. Tacitus

4. Game Winner

5. Improbable

6. Maximum Security

7. Vekoma

8. Code of Honor

9. War of Will

10. by My Standards