2024 Kentucky Derby Odds: Best Bets For Top 3 Finish

  • Catalytic drew the winningest post position (No. 5) and has +1500 odds for a top 3 finish at the 150th Kentucky Derby.
  • Just A Touch (+300) is a speedy horse that finished top three (one win) in all three of their races heading into the Run for the Roses.
  • Forever Young is undervalued with +260 odds to finish top three at the Kentucky Derby despite winning all five of their career races.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It’s officially race week for the 150th edition of the Kentucky Derby and there is plenty of betting value on top three finishes. Catalytic is an online gambling longshot to finish top three on Saturday, but has the benefit of running out of the winningest post position at No. 5.

150th Kentucky Derby Top 3 Finish Odds

  • 1. Dornoch +600
  • 2. Sierra Leone +100
  • 3. Mystik Dan +725
  • 4. Catching Freedom +260
  • 5. Catalytic +1500
  • 6. Just Steel +650
  • 7. Honor Marie +650
  • 8. Just A Touch +300
  • 9. Encino +550
  • 10. T O Password +1000
  • 11. Forever Young +260
  • 12. Track Phantom +550
  • 13. West Saratoga +2200
  • 14. Endlessly +1100
  • 15. Domestic Product +700
  • 16. Grand Mo The First +2500
  • 17. Fierceness -105
  • 18. Stronghold +550
  • 19. Resilience +625
  • 20. Society Man +2000

Post Position No. 5 has had 10 winners at the Kentucky Derby, the most of any post at Churchill Downs. Catalytic also has an experienced jockey in Jose Ortiz, who has a second, third, and fourth place finish in his last five Kentucky Derby races.

Just A Touch, Forever Young Safer Top 3 Kentucky Derby Picks

Catalytic is a longshot, but odds at horse betting sites indicate Just A Touch (+300) and Forever Young (+260) have a much better chance to finish top three. Just A Touch drew a favorable post position at No. 8, which is tied for the second-most wins at the Kentucky Derby.

Post position aside, Just A Touch has finished first or second in all three of their races this year. Just A Touch finished just behind Kentucky Derby Favorite Sierra Leone in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) earlier this month.

Another strong pick for gambling on the Kentucky Derby is Forever Young with +260 odds to show on Saturday. The horse hailing from the United Arab Emirates has a strong pedigree and won each of their last five races, including the 2024 UAE Derby (G2) on March 30.