Kentucky Derby Winners And 2020 Betting Guide

Kentucky Derby Winners, Future Wager Pool, Championship Series Prep Races And 2020 Betting Guide

When 2019 Kentucky Derby longshot winner Country House (65-1) was awarded first place following an inquiry and subsequent disqualification of Maximum Security in a controversial finish, it broke a streak of six straight years that the favorite had won the Kentucky Derby. Two of those winners were Triple Crown champions – Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015), who broke the long streak of 37 years without a Triple Crown champion that won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes all in the same year.

In recent years with the new points system and Championship Series prep races leading into the Kentucky Derby, there has been even greater interest in America’s biggest horse race. The 2019 Kentucky Derby had another record betting handle, and despite rain and a sloppy surface at Churchill Downs the past two years, more than 150,000 fans watch the race live from the track in Louisville, KY while millions more watch and wager on the race across the world.

Who will be the next champion and win the Kentucky Derby? As the anticipation builds through the Championship Series races leading up the the 2020 Kentucky Derby, you’ll be able to watch the key prep races every weekend through March and mid-April. Some of the Derby prep races that award 50 points to the winner and a spot in the Kentucky Derby field have already taken place in late February in the Risen Star and Fountain of Youth. As the Road to the Kentucky Derby continues, here are some of the top contenders with odds from William Hill as the prep season hits a crucial stretch into March and April.

All the winners of those Derby prep races plus updates and video replays are available for review as you follow all the news, races and lead-up to the 2020 Kentucky Derby.

The list of Kentucky Derby winners below is the past 20 years of winners with the winning time, odds, $2 win payout, $1 superfecta payout and the track condition along with where the favorite finished.

Year Winner Time Odds $2 Win $1 Superfecta Track Favorite
2019 Country House 2:03.93 65-1 $132.40 $51,400.10 Sloppy 4th
2018 Justify 2:04.20 3-1 $7.80 $19,618.20 Sloppy 1st
2017 Always Dreaming 2:03.59 9-2 $11.40 $75,974.50 Wet 1st
2016 Nyquist 2:01.31 5-2 $6.60 $542.10 Fast 1st
2015 American Pharoah 2:03.02 3-1 $7.80 $634.10 Fast 1st
2014 California Chrome 2:03.66 5-2 $7.00 $7,691.90 Fast 1st
2013 Orb 2:02.89 5-1 $12.80 $28,542.00 Sloppy 1st
2012 I’ll Have Another 2:01.83 15-1 $32.60 $48,046.40 Fast 2nd
2011 Animal Kingdom 2:02.04 21-1 $43.80 $24,063.00 Fast 8th
2010 Super Saver 2:04.45 8-1 $18.00 $101,284.60 Sloppy 6th
2009 Mine That Bird 2:02.66 51-1 $103.20 $278,503.20 Sloppy 18th
2008 Big Brown 2:01.82 7-2 $6.80 $29,368.90 Fast 1st
2007 Street Sense 2:02.17 9-2 $11.80 $14,523.20 Fast 1st
2006 Barbaro 2:01.36 6-1 $14.20 $42.430.20 Fast 7th
2005 Giacomo 2:02.75 50-1 $102.60 $864,250.50 Fast 7th
2004 Smarty Jones 2:04.06 4-1 $10.20 $20,690.10 Sloppy 1st
2003 Funny Cide 2:01.19 12-1 $27.60 $2,795.80 Fast 2nd
2002 War Emblem 2:01.13 20-1 $43.00 $91,764.50 Fast 7th
2001 Monarchos 1:59.97 10-1 $23.00 $62,986.90 Fast 5th
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 2;01.12 2-1 6.60 $1,635.40 Fast 1st

As the 2020 Kentucky Derby approaches at historic Churchill Downs, there are a number of key Championship Series races on the Derby trail that will determine the 20 horse field field for the 2020 Kentucky Derby. Note that this year there will be a new starting gate that allows all 20 horses to start from the same gate instead of an additional auxiliary gate.

I put together this 2020 Kentucky Derby betting guide for TheLines. There will be more information added along the way leading up to the Run for the Roses, but current betting information along with key prep races, horses to watch with analysis and past longshot winners including Country House are part of the betting guide.

Wondering where you can wager on the Kentucky Derby and other big horse races? Here is a list of states with legal horse betting along with the apps and operators of the biggest online horse racing platforms including TVG, where you can get a $200 risk free bet.

Looking to cash in on the exacta, trifecta and exotic bets at the Kentucky Derby? I did just that in the 2017 Kentucky Derby with win tickets on 9/2 choice Always Dreaming ($11.40) while hitting the $2 exacta ($336) multiple times with longshot runner-up Lookin’ At Lee (33-1) and somehow missing the $0.50 trifecta for $4,000!

Enjoy the lead up races and following the odds in the Kentucky Derby future pools leading up to the May 2, 2020 Kentucky Derby. Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 is March 6-8, and I’ve added an update at TheLines with Tiz the Law the favorite and one to watch in the final Derby prep races and as a Kentucky Derby favorite.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on X (Twitter): @FairwayJay