Kentucky Derby 2017 Odds: Latest Vegas Betting Lines for Churchill Downs Field

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2017

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Classic Empire gallops at Churchill Downs on May 01, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
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The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports is nearly upon us as the 2017 Kentucky Derby takes place at Louisville's Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6.

Punters have made Classic Empire the early favourite, but Always Dreaming should be significantly backed before the race.

Race-day favourites have dominated the event for several years, as form and talent have combined to produce a winner.

Here is a look at the early odds:

2017 Kentucky Derby: Early Odds
HorseOdds
Classic Empire+400 (bet $100 to win $400)
Always Dreaming+500
Irish War Cry+800
Gunnevera+1000
McCraken+1000
Irap+1400
Tapwrit+1400
Gormley+1600
Battalion Runner+1600
Thunder Snow+1800
Malagacy+2000
Girvin+2000
Practical Joke+2000
Conquest Mo Money+2500
J Boys Echo+2800
Hence+2800
Lookin At Lee+5000
State of Honor+5000
Cloud Computing+5000
Patch+5000
Battle of Midway+5000
Sonneteer+5000
Royal Mo+5000
Untrapped+5000
Fast and Accurate+6600
OddsShark.com

Preview 

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - APRIL 01:  Always Dreaming #4 (FL) with jockey John Velazquez on board, wins the Xpressbet Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park on April 01, 2017 in Hallandale Beach, Florida. (Photo by Liz Lamont/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Imag
Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images

There have been few shocks at the Run for the Roses in recent memory, and two horses stand head and shoulders above the field before the 143rd edition of the Triple Crown race.

Classic Empire and Always Dreaming have caught the imagination due to their recent form, but Irish War Cry, Gunnevera and McCracken are all expected to compete.

The injury record of Classic Empire has caused many to take notice of the horse's shortfalls, but the three-year-old is oozing with potential.

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - APRIL 01:  Always Dreaming #4 (FL) with jockey John Velazquez on board, wins the Xpressbet Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park on April 01, 2017 in Hallandale Beach, Florida. (Photo by Liz Lamont/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Imag
Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images

However, the class of Always Dreaming could see it as the favourite when the race gets underway on May 6.

According to OddsShark.com, both colts are 5-1, with no clear favourite the week before the showdown.

Superstar jockey John Velazquez will take the reins of the current second favourite, giving Always Dreaming a fantastic chance of glory.

Classic Empire initially drifted out to 12-1 after a poor display in the Holy Bull Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park, Florida, in February, but his latest form suggests this was only a blip in his results.

Irish War Cry prevailed in the Holy Bull Stakes and has the energy to cause a shock at the Kentucky Derby if he finds top gear.

It has been an inconsistent build up for Irish War Cry, but the colt will be many racing fans' outside pick to streak past the two favourites at Churchill Downs.

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