2019 Kentucky Derby odds: Omaha Beach remains playable

March 19, 2019 09:00am
2019 Kentucky Derby odds: Omaha Beach remains playable
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Upon publishing this week’s edition of the 2019 Kentucky Derby Media Poll, we saw some backlash among readers regarding how the experts left Game Winner and Improbable 1-2 in the consensus rankings.

What about the horses who actually won
 the split divisions of the Rebel Stakes (G2)? Good question — and William Hill U.S. will still allow some money behind that inquiry.

Whereas Game Winner (4-1) and Improbable (6-1) exited their 3-year-old debuts with un-playable prices in the 2019 Kentucky Derby futures, Rebel winners Omaha Beach (16-1) and Long Range Toddy (24-1) offer decent prices if you figure they’ll both win or place in their final preps.

For Long Range Toddy, the April 13 Arkansas Derby (G1) is next. Omaha Beach could return to Oaklawn Park with Improbable or remain in California for a rematch with Game Winner in the April 6 Santa Anita Derby (G1).

If either is to win again — and prove their victories Saturday weren’t just a factor of a fitness edge over the current Kentucky Derby favorites — you could be looking at new top choices heading into the first Saturday in May.

William Hill U.S. also offers some enticing prices ahead of this weekend’s preps, the Louisiana Derby (G2) on Saturday and Sunland Derby (G3) on Sunday.

Multiple stakes winner War of Will is already down to 7-1. But in the field at Fair Grounds, you can get Southwest (G3) runner-up Sueno for 60-1; Bankit, who may just not have liked the surface at Oaklawn Park, for 100-1; and Mr. Money, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and making his second start off a long layoff, at 125-1.

It’s slimmer pickings in the Sunland Derby, if only because the majority of runners aren’t even on the board. Another multiple stakes winner, Mucho Gusto, sits at 12-1 for the Kentucky Derby. But Anothertwistafate, the open-lengths El Camino Real Derby (G3) winner, switches back to dirt at a more attractive 40-1.

Get a look at the full board below, and note that William Hill U.S. has elected to leave on horses said to no longer be on the trail. It’s a different philosophy than we’ve seen in the past with the former Wynn Las Vegas futures, but understandably fair to signal those horses took some significant action.


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