Virtual Kentucky Derby Odds: Can Jody Demling Get It Right?

  • The Kentucky Derby returns in a virtual format on May 2, Saturday
  • Inspired Entertainment and Churchill Downs have included 13 historic Triple Crown winners
  • Secretariat is given the best odds with (+225) against some of the race’s top historic contenders

The Kentucky Derby is the first of the Triple Crown races traditionally held on the first Saturday in May. Yet, NBC will have to take a raincheck on this one, as the actual race has been pushed all the way back to September. However, the virtual Kentucky Derby developed by Inspired Entertainment and Churchill Downs is going to happen, and yes – you can place a wager on it already.

The race will feature 13 historic Triple Crown winners, making for one of the most exciting events you have seen. The simulation is one of the best you will find out there, with Inspired Entertainment already releasing some outstanding products out there, including the Grand National horse racing event.

Not only that, but Inspired is also in the business of calling the outcomes of professional sports with an enviable success margin. All of this put together, makes even punters tempted to give this photorealistic race a go. The Virtual Kentucky Derby is returning at 5:45 p.m. ET with Secretariat in the lead.

2020 Virtual Kentucky Derby Odds to Win

HorseOdds
Secretariat+225
Citation+500
Affirmed+800
Seattle Slew+800
Whirlaway+900
Count Fleet+900
American Pharoah+900
War Admiral+1200
Justify+2000
Gallant Fox+2500
Omaha+3300
Assault+3300
Sir Barton+3300

*Odds taken May 1, Bovada (read our Bovada review)

Secretariat in the Lead – What Would Jody Demling Say?

Jody Demling has not quite called the odds for the virtual Kentucky Derby. The tipster had a mortal brush with COVID-19 which led to his hospitalization and he even had to be put on a ventilator as a preventative measure late in March. He has soldiered through. Even though, Demling hasn’t called the virtual derby publicly, we still have it on good authority that Secretariat is very likely to pull ahead.

Secretariat is well above-average in terms of lengths per second. A great horse should run at a pace of at least five lengths per second, but Secretariat (+225) pulls ahead with 14 lengths. Of course, it’s also been 47 years the horse raced, but Inspired Entertainment is bringing him back up at his peak performance.

How to Watch

  • Date: Saturday, May 2
  • Time: 5:45 p.m. ET
  • Streaming: NBC Sport

Triple Crown Kentucky Derby Winner’s Times

HorseFinal Time
Secretariat1:59.40 (1973)
Affirmed2:01:20 (1978)
Whirlaway2:01.40 (1941)
Seattle Slew2:02:20 (1977)
War Admiral2:03.20 (1937)
American Pharoah2:03.20 (2015)
Count Fleet2:04:00 (1943)
Justify2:04:20 (2018)
Omaha2:05:00 (1958)
Citation2:05.40 (1948)
Assault2:06.60 (1946)
Gallant Fox2:07:60 (1930)
Sir Barton2:09.80 (1919)

Clearly, Secretariat is once again ahead in the game, pulling a few seconds ahead of most contenders. Even more interestingly still, the only 21st century horses to participate in the race are American Pharaoh (+900) and Justify (+2000), both of which are rather down in the odds as well.

The simulation ran by Inspired Entertainment is historically quite accurate, giving the company an enviable success margin in calling outcomes of races. Everyone seems to be gunning for Secretariat. The question is, are you going to check him out as well?