The biggest event on the horse racing calendar takes place Saturday, May 7, with the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Twenty horses will run for the roses in the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.
Michigan online sports bettors can get in on the action, as well, with a special offer from TVG.
How to watch the 2022 Kentucky Derby
- What: 2022 Kentucky Derby
- When: Saturday, May 7
- Where: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky
- Race Surface: Dirt
- Race Distance: 1¼ mile (10 furlongs)
- Post Time: 6:57 p.m. ET
- Broadcast: NBC
- Online viewing: Peacock
- Pre-Race coverage: USA Network, 12-2:30 p.m.; NBC 2:30 p.m.
- Weather Forecast: Low 70s; 30% chance of showers in the afternoon
Kentucky Derby odds
The post positions for the 2022 Kentucky Derby were drawn Monday afternoon. Here are the results:
|4||Summer Is Tomorrow||30-1|
|9||Tiz the Bomb||30-1|
|11||Pioneer of Medina||30-1|
Where to bet on the Kentucky Derby in Michigan
You will not find horse racing markets in any of your Michigan online sportsbook apps.
Betting on horse racing has its own set of rules, as Michigan lawmakers approved pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in 1933. The Horse Racing Law of 1995 allowed Michigan racetracks to host simulcast racing across North America. That law was amended in December 2019 to allow for online horse betting.
This allows bettors to wager on horse racing at Michigan racetracks and online with licensed horse betting operators through advance deposit wagering.
TVG is the largest online betting app for horse racing in Michigan, and it has an offer for new customers in time for the Derby.
Click “Play Now” below and register a new account with the promo code LSRDERBY. Make your first deposit and place your first win-type bet on any race at any track will be risk-free up to $200. If your bet loses, it will be paid in site credit within 24 hours.
Only the portion of a win/place, win/show or win/place/show wager will count for the promotion. Bets on the Kentucky Derby will be available Friday, May 6.
TwinSpires and Xpressbet are also available in Michigan for online betting on horse racing.
If you are looking to bet at a racetrack, Northville Downs is located at 301 S. Center St. in Northville. Call 248-349-1000 to make a reservation for the Derby.
How to bet on horse racing
Betting on horse racing can go well beyond simply picking a winner.
There are basic bets available, called straight bets. Included in those are:
- Win: You bet on the horse to win
- Place: You bet on the horse to finish first or second
- Show: You bet on the horse to finish first, second or third
If you want your Kentucky Derby bet to land a bigger payout, you can try exotic bets. Included in those are:
- Exacta: You bet on two horses to finish first and second, in that order. Big payouts await if you can pick the exact finishing order of the top two. You can also box this bet, flipping the order of finish for two separate bets.
- Quinella: You bet on two horses to finish first and second, in any order. Decent payouts await if you can pick the top two finishers, but this combination will yield smaller results than an exacta.
- Trifecta: You bet on three horses to finish first, second and third, in that order. Even bigger payouts await if you can pick the exact finishing order of the top three. You can also box this bet, flipping the order of finish for the three horses.
- Superfecta: You bet on four horses to finish first, second, third and fourth, in that order. Massive payouts await if you can pick the exact finishing order of the top four. You can also box this bet, but be aware that flipping the order of finish for four horses starts to get expensive.
Kentucky Derby horses to watch
Zandon got a favorable draw coming out of the No. 10 position, and is the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby with 3-1 odds.
Chad Brown is the trainer for Zandon, which won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes in early April. The Kentucky-born colt will be piloted by jockey Flavien Prat, who rode Country House to a shocking victory in the 2019 Derby.
That, of course, came with some controversy, as Maximum Security crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified for swerving into the path of War of Will and Long Range Toddy.
Epicenter is second favorite, with 7-2 odds. It didn’t get any help in Monday’s draw, getting the No. 3 post, but has been running strong leading up to the Derby. Epicenter took top honors at the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby, the Risen Star S., the Gun Runner Stakes and Maiden Special Weight. Each of those wins came at a different distance, including the mile-long Maiden Special Weight, which was run at Churchill Downs.
Steve Asmussen is the trainer for Epicenter, and is looking to finally add a Kentucky Derby victory to his illustrious career.
Joel Rosario, who rode Orb to victory in the 2013 Kentucky Derby, will be in the saddle for Epicenter Saturday.
Following Epicenter among the favorites are Messier (8-1), Mo Denegal (10-1), White Abarrio (10-1) and Taiba (12-1).