Kentucky Derby Betting: Odds for Horse Trainer Prop Bets

  • Bob Baffert has won three of the last six Kentucky Derby’s as a trainer.
  • Baffert has +1200 odds to win it this year.
  • Brad Cox, who has never had a horse in the race, is the +200 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday and will likely be the most watched, and bet on, horse race of the year.

When it comes to horse racing, there are few factors more important than the trainer of the horse. This year, Brad Cox is projected to win his first Kentucky Derby as a trainer. But, he’ll face some of the greatest of all time in the sport.

Bob Baffert +1200 Longshot to Win Kentucky Derby

In the world of horse training, there aren’t many more accomplished than Bob Baffert. He’s won three of the last six Kentucky Derby’s and has won a total of six in his career. Baffert also has two Triple Crown winners under his belt as well as countless other accolades.

This year, Baffert only has one horse in the Kentucky Derby this year in Medina Spirit. Medina Spirit is listed as the sixth most likely winner according to sports betting sites. Since Baffert only has one horse, it’s worth shopping lines to see if Medina Spirit is listed with higher odds than what this prop is set at.

Will Bob Baffert Train the Kentucky Derby Winner Betting Odds

  • Yes +1200
  • No -2000

Medina Spirit and Bob Baffert have an outside shot to win the Derby this year, but considering the rest of the field, it may be more beneficial betting on other horses rather than on Baffert’s.

Brad Cox The Favorite to Train The Winning Horse

Those familiar with betting on horse racing will know that Brad Cox is the hot up-and-coming trainer on the scene. Over the past couple of years Cox has won a variety of major races and will look to win his first Kentucky Derby in 2021.

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Cox has two horses in the Kentucky Derby this year in Essential Quality, the favorite, and Mandaloun. With those two horses, Cox’s betting odds to win the Derby sit at +200.

Will Brad Cox Train the Kentucky Derby Winner Betting Odds

  • Yes +200
  • No -260

Essential Quality is considered the best horse in the race, while some professional handicappers like Mandaloun as a longer shot. Cox is looking to become the first local trainer to win the Kentucky Derby, as he is from Louisville. These are also Cox’s first entries in a Kentucky Derby.

The consensus is that Essential Quality, and therefore Brad Cox, should win the race, but in a 20-horse field, anything can happen.

How to Watch

The Kentucky Derby will be aired on NBC, with the race projected to start at 6:57 p.m. EST.