Log In

Bet the Kentucky Derby Online

May 5, 2018 – Churchill Downs

Xpressbet is your way to bet the Kentucky Derby! With live video, free wagering and a FREE Wager Guide full of expert picks and analysis, you'll have everything you need to pick the winners and bet the races.

Choose Your Bonus

$500 Bonus

Sign up with Promo Code XB500* and earn $10 for every $100 you bet, up to a $500 Bonus.

Bet Now

$100 Bonus

Sign up with Promo Code XB100** and earn a $100 Bonus when you bet $500 within 90 days.

Bet Now

$20 Bonus

Sign up with Promo Code XB20*** and earn a $20 Bonus when you bet $20 within 30 days.

Bet Now
Kentucky Derby Handicapping HQ
Safe, Secure Betting

With Xpressbet, your funds are insured, transactions safeguarded and privacy protected. That’s our commitment to you.

Kentucky Derby Wager Guide
Laptop, Mobile and Tablet

You can bet on Xpressbet no matter your device. Available online, on Android and on iOS through the App Store.

Kentucky Derby Picks and Insights
Handicapping Resources

Xpressbet has the tools you need to handicap the races, including blogs, Wager Guides, workouts and more.

Kentucky Derby Promotions
Promotions and Rewards

Earn even more when you sign up. Get Points with every bet, and redeem them for wagering vouchers, PPs and more.

2019 Event

Want to bet the 2019 Kentucky Derby with Xpressbet? Here’s what you need to know:

  • When is the Kentucky Derby: May 4, 2019
  • Where: Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Race Time: Approximately 6:34PM ET
  • Total Horses in Race: Up to 20 starters
  • Where can I watch the Kentucky Derby?:
    • NBCSN – 12:00PM ET – 2:30PM ET
    • NBC – 2:30PM ET – 7:20PM ET
  • How can I bet on the Kentucky Derby?: Xpressbet offers legal wagering, live video and expert picks. Join us this year for the Kentucky Derby – Sign Up Now to Choose Your Bonus and start wagering today!

Who won the 2018 Kentucky Derby?

Finish Horse Jockey Trainer
1 Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert
2 Good Magic Jose Ortiz Chad Brown
3 Audible Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher
4 Instilled Regard Drayden Van Dyke Jerry Hollendorfer
5 My Boy Jack Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux
6 Bravazo Luis Contreras D. Wayne Lukas
7 Hofburg Irad Ortiz Jr. Bill Mott
8 Lone Sailor James Graham Thomas Amoss
9 Vino Rosso John Velazquez Todd Pletcher
10 Solomini Flavien Prat Bob Baffert
11 Firenze Fire Paco Lopez Jason Servis
12 Bolt d'Oro Victor Espinoza Mick Ruis
13 Flameaway Jose Lezcano Mark Casse
14 Enticed Junior Alvarado Kiaran McLaughlin
15 Promises Fulfilled Corey Lanerie Dale Romans
16 Free Drop Billy Robby Albarado Dale Romans
17 Noble Indy Florent Geroux Todd Pletcher
18 Combatant Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen
19 Magnum Moon Luis Saez Todd Pletcher
20 Mendelssohn Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien

Race Replay

About the Kentucky Derby

Every year, on the first Saturday in May, the world’s top three-year-old thoroughbreds come together for “the most exciting two minutes in sports” in the world-famous Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the American Triple Crown, a series of three grueling races held within five weeks time. The Preakness Stakes is held two weeks after the Kentucky Derby, with the Belmont Stakes three weeks after that. Only twelve horses in history have swept the three races, earning the title of Triple Crown winner.

The Kentucky Derby, which has run annually since 1875, caps off the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival and is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbreds at a distance of 1 ¼ mile. Also known as “The Run for the Roses,” due to the blanket of roses draped over the winner, the Kentucky Derby is North America’s most prestigious and well-known race. Each year, more than 160,000 fans pack into Churchill Downs to watch the race.

Kentucky Derby History

The Derby owns an interesting heritage, owing its creation to Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., the grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Returning home to Kentucky from France in the 1870s, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey Club for the purpose of raising money to build quality racing facilities just outside of the city. That track? It would soon become known as Churchill Downs, named for John and Henry Churchill.

And becoming the first leg of the Triple Crown? After the early runnings of the Kentucky Derby, thoroughbred owners began sending their successful Derby horses to compete a few weeks later in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, followed by the Belmont Stakes in New York. The three races offered the largest purse and in 1919, Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races. It wasn’t until 11 years later though, in 1930, that the term “Triple Crown” was coined by sportswriter Charles Hatton when Gallant Fox became the second horse to win all three races.

You might know the Kentucky Derby for another reason too – Secretariat. That’s because he holds the fastest time ever run in the Derby at 1:59 2/5, set in 1974. His time has never been topped and, not only that, he’s known for something else unique: each successive quarter ran in a Triple Crown race, his times were faster. Other famous past winners include Seattle Slew, Citation, Spectacular Bid, Affirmed, War Admiral, American Pharoah, Smarty Jones and Barbaro.

Kentucky Derby Traditions: Mint Juleps and Big Hats

The Kentucky Derby is a race associated with tradition and you can count on a number of things. The Mint Julep is an iced cocktail consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar syrup and is the traditional beverage of the Derby race. Women often appear in outfits that are lavishly accessorized with large, elaborate hats. The rich and famous fill up “Millionaire’s Row.” And as the horses are paraded before the grandstands, Stephen Foster’s “My Old Kentucky Home” is played by the University of Louisville Marching Band.

The Kentucky Derby is an event not to be missed and Xpressbet is the legal, safe and secure way to bet the race. All wagers made through Xpressbet directly commingle into track pools, and you can make all of your favorite bets, including Win, Place, Show Exacta, Trifecta, Superfecta and the Pick 4 and Pick 6, with us, with the same odds as you’d get on track. Bet online with your computer, smartphone or tablet and watch all of the action live with our high-quality video stream.

So no matter how you like to bet, Xpressbet is your way to play. Join us this year for the Kentucky Derby – Sign Up Now to Choose Your Bonus and start wagering today!

* Promotional offer valid through 12/31/2018. Open to new Xpressbet account signups only. Wagering credits will be deposited in $10 increments for every $100 wagered within 90 days of sign up. To qualify for full $500 wagering credit, new account holders must wager $5,000 within 90 calendar days of sign up. Wagers that are refunded or cancelled will not be counted as eligible wagers. Promotional wagering credits will be deposited by Xpressbet into your account within five business days of reaching each $10 increment.

** Promotional offer valid through 12/31/2018. Open to new Xpressbet account signups only. To qualify for $100 wagering credit, new account holders must wager $500 within 90 calendar days of sign up. Wagers that are refunded or cancelled will not be counted as eligible wagers. $100 Promotional Wagering Credit will be deposited within three days of new customer betting $500.

*** Promotional offer valid through 12/31/2018. Open to new Xpressbet account signups only. To qualify for $20 wagering credit, new account holders must wager $20 within 30 calendar days of sign up. Wagers that are refunded or cancelled will not be counted as eligible wagers. $20 Promotional Wagering Credit will be deposited within three days of new customer betting $20.

Wagering credits are different from cash, and cannot be transferred, redeemed or withdrawn. Customer has 30 days to use wagering credits. Unused wagering credits will be retracted after 30 days. Must be 18 or older (21 in AL, AZ, IA, KS, NH, ND, WA) to open an account with Xpressbet, LLC and reside in a state where such activity is legal. Void where prohibited. National Gambling Support Line 800.522.4700.

Need help betting?

Call 866.88XPRESS or Send Us a Message