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Kentucky Derby 2024 predictions, betting odds: Win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta expert picks

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The two biggest 2024 Kentucky Derby favorites, in Fierceness (5-2) and Sierra Leone (3-1), have contrasting style. The former prefers to run near the front, while the latter is a deep closer with a preference for a late charge. While there will be 18 other 2024 Kentucky Derby horses in the Kentucky Derby 2024 field, most eyes will be focused on those two when the Run for the Roses goes to post on Saturday. Eight of the last 10 horses to cross the finish line first at the Kentucky Derby were pace-setters who were among the top three of the race after a half-mile. That would seem to favor Fierceness, but you need to be all-in on the Todd Pletcher-trained colt to utilize him in 2024 Kentucky Derby bets with his short 2024 Kentucky Derby odds.

Which other horses could challenge Fierceness for the early lead at Churchill Downs? The 2024 Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET. With so much to consider while making your 2024 Kentucky Derby picks, a little expert help can go a long way.

The names of Kentucky Derby contenders often attract as much attention as the race itself. Entering the 2024 Kentucky Derby, there have been 1,995 all-time starters, and one letter has been left out in terms of a horse’s name beginning with that letter. None of those nearly 2,000 starters has had a name beginning with the letter “X”, and that will remain the case after the Kentucky Derby 2024. There have been no winners whose names begin with the letters “Q” or “Y”, in addition to “X”. At the other end of the spectrum, the letter “S” is the most popular in terms of starters and winners. There have been 213 prior starters whose names begin with “S”, while there have been 19 winners whose names start with “S”.

Given all the history, there’s a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets in a Kentucky Derby like this, and SportsLine expert Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the best 2024 Kentucky Derby picks possible.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the 2024 Kentucky Derby having nailed the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the last six years, including an exacta in 2022 with Mo Donegal and Nest. He also called Flightline’s win at the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November of that year. 

Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the world like the Kentucky Derby 2024. In fact, he has hit 10 of the last 15 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both races all but five times in the last 15 years. 

He’s also called 10 of the last 19 Preakness winners, including nailing his Preakness winner, exacta and superfecta picks in 2023, keenly understanding when the Kentucky Derby winner was poised for victory or a massive upset. Anyone who has followed him is up huge. Now, he’s sharing all of his 2024 Kentucky Derby bets here.

Top 2024 Kentucky Derby expert picks

Here’s a refresher on these types of bets from SportsLine’s Jody Demling:

Kentucky Derby Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $2 exacta returned $330.44 at the 2023 Kentucky Derby with Mage and Two Phil’s.

Kentucky Derby Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta returned $982.36 at the 2023 Kentucky Derby with Mage, Two Phil’s and Angel of Empire.

Kentucky Derby Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 superfecta returned a colossal $15,643.65 at the 2023 Kentucky Derby with Mage, Two Phil’s, Angel of Empire and Disarm.

Demling is not taking Fierceness (5-2) to win this year, even though he’s the favorite. Instead, he is building his tickets around Sierra Leone and a massive double-digit longshot who “keeps getting better and better.” You can see his picks here

How to make 2024 Kentucky Derby bets

Demling has specific recommendations for exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Kentucky Derby 2024. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.

So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling’s picks for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2024 Kentucky Derby.

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