Bet On The 2018 Pennsylvania Derby – Morning Line Odds and Picks

The Pennsylvania Derby is the biggest race in the nation this coming Saturday, with a $1 million purse up for grabs for three-year olds at Parx Racing just outside of Philadelphia.  The race is a 1 1/8 mile distance on a dirt track, and the race boasts a very strong field this year with some of the nations top 3-year-olds getting their last chance at a major win at the key age for horses.

In this article I will outline the morning line odds for the ten horses set to compete in the race this year, give my favorite pick to win and also provide a simple three step guide to getting your Pennsylvania Derby bets placed online.

2018 Pennsylvania Derby Betting Odds

Here are the morning line odds and post positions for this years edition of the Pennsylvania Derby.  Remember that these odds are not fixed and will change throughout the day depending on the amount of money bet on each horse.

  1. First Mondays 15/1
  2. Hofburg 3/1
  3. Instilled Regard 15/1
  4. King Zachary 20/1
  5. Core Beliefs 10/1
  6. Axelrod 5/1
  7. Mr. Freeze 12/1
  8. McKinzie 5/2
  9. Trigger Warning 20/1
  10. Bravazo 6/1

McKinzie returns to action in the Pennsylvania Derby and will be the favorite even though this is his first race in 5 months.  McKinzie is a Bob Baffert horse, and he was actually an early favorite for this years Kentucky Derby before a hock injury sidelined him for this years crucial races (not to mention Justify).  Hofburg, Axelrod and Bravazo are the other top horses who have a real shot at getting this win on Saturday.

My Pick

There are a lot of question marks surround McKinzie.  He was a promising horse, but his fitness will be in question having not raced since March, and he didn’t even win his last time out finishing second at the San Felipe Stakes.  This will also be the longest race of his career, so the fitness could really be a factor down the stretch.

Hofburg doesn’t have any question marks.  This is a horse that seems to improve every time he takes the track.  He looked solid finishing third at the Belmont Stakes and he seems to be built for the races over a mile in length.  He ran in a small race at Saratoga in July and got a win, which is important for him considering he had not won in 3 races having competed against the very best in competition in the Belmont, Kentucky Derby and Florida Derby.  I think just getting a win will help his confidence and we will really see what this horse can do against some other top 3-year-olds this Saturday.

Play: Hofburg 3/1

How To Bet On The Pennsylvania Derby Online

Follow this quick 3 step guide to place your Pennsylvania Derby bets online.  I will be using BetOnline as the sportsbook in this guide and they accept players from around the world, including the United States.

#1. Open a Account

First you will need to join an online sportsbook.  BetOnline is our top rated betting site for American residents, and a great site for any sports bettors around the world.  They have a very easy to use racebook and also offer a $25 risk free bet on your first horse racing wager.  This free $25 horse racing bet is in addition to the massive first deposit bonus offered at BetOnline.

Click here to visit  Then fill out the small form on the home page to open your account and click the green ‘Join Now’ button.

#2. Make a Deposit

Next you’ll need to make a deposit to have funds with which to bet on the race.  BetOnline accepts Visa, MasterCard, bitcoin, litecoin, skrill, neteller and more, so you won’t have any trouble funding your account or cashing out your winnings. offers new players a sign up bonus equal to 50% of your first deposit, up to a maximum of $1000.  And if you use bitcoin for your deposit, the bonus is even better!  Their bitcoin bonus is a 100% matching bonus up to $1000.

#3. Place Your Pennsylvania Derby Bets

You’re now ready to bet on the race.

Once on the BetOnline website, select ‘Horses’ from the top navigation bar to go to the racebook section of the site.

You should then select ‘Philadelphia Park’ from the left sidebar under the ‘Tracks’ header.  The Pennsylvania Derby is the 11th race on Saturday’s card and has a post time of 5:45pm EST, so find the corresponding race to those details and you will have found the betting lines for the Pennsylvania Derby.

Check out our horse race betting info page for all the details about the various wagers you can make.

I think that’s it.  Are you ready to bet?  Click here to visit


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