Ways To Wager On The Kentucky Derby From Tennessee

Posted on May 3, 2022 - Last Updated on May 4, 2022

Enough horsin’ around. The 2022 Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, May 7, leaving only limited time to lock in your bets before then.

If you’re not making a trip to Churchill Downs to watch the action in person, there are still plenty of ways to wager on the race. Here’s everywhere you can (and can’t) bet on the 2022 Kentucky Derby in Tennessee.

Betting on the Kentucky Derby from your Tennessee couch

Technically, horse racing exists in a legal grey area within Tennessee. There are no horse racing tracks in the state, nor are there any racing casinos (or “racinos”) to be found.

But thanks to online gambling, Triple Crown fans no longer have to trek to Kentucky to take part in the Churchill action. In fact, you don’t even have to leave your house if you don’t want to.

Bettors can wager on the Kentucky Derby from a desktop or mobile device anywhere within the state. To do so, there are currently two such apps available.


TwinSpires, which is operated by Churchill Downs, is the official online betting partner of the Kentucky Derby.

Those new to horse racing might recognize this name as a Tennessee sportsbook. TwinSpires Sportsbook made its Volunteer State debut in March 2021. However, its existence was relatively short-lived. When its sportsbook operator license came up for renewal this past April, the brand opted to forgo the process.

Tennessee bettors may no longer be able to use TwinSpires to wager on sports, but that doesn’t mean horse race wagering is out of the equation.

Accessing TwinSpires Racing is as simple as registering for a new account.

Players gain a free subscription to TwinSpires TV immediately after sign-up, where they can then take advantage of unlimited race replays and real-time race streaming, along with a handful of useful advanced wagering tools.


Since Xpressbet doesn’t have any actual roots in Tennessee, it may be an entirely unfamiliar name to most. But according to the brand’s state restrictions page, it happens to be fully functional in Tennessee.

Xpressbet is a subsidiary of Stronach Group Company and serves the official betting partner of:

  • Preakness
  • Pegasus World Cup
  • Canterbury Park
  • Golden Gate Fields
  • Gulf Stream Park
  • Laurel Park
  • Santa Anita Park

The pari-mutuel action service provides live HD video and free replays to all account holders, creating a seamless wagering experience both before and during the race.

Wagering at TVG remains suspended

TVG temporarily suspended action for Tennessee residents back in 2020 when its parent company, FanDuel, was applying for its sportsbook operator license in the state.

Action was expected to go live again once FanDuel Sportsbook TN became fully operational. However, Tennesseans remain without access to TVG.

As of now, there is no update as to when wagering might open back up.

2022 Kentucky Derby odds

Regardless of where you ultimately decide to place your Derby wager, you’ll want to do a bit of research on each horse and its current odds before locking in your selection.

Now that each horse’s opening odds and post position are live we’re beginning to gain a better understanding of what this race might have in store.

Post PositionHorse NameBetting Odds
1Mo Donegal10-1
2Happy Hack30-1
4Summer Is Tomorrow30-1
5Smile Happy20-1
7Crown Pride20-1
8Charge It20-1
9Tiz the Bomb30-1
11Pioneer of Medina30-1
14Barber Road30-1
15White Abarrio10-1
17Classic Causeway30-1
18Tawny Port30-1
20Ethereal Road30-1


After drawing an inside post position, Steve Asmussen’s Epicenter fell to second favorite. The colt’s 7-2 opening odds situate him behind Zandon at 3-1 and ahead of Messier at 8-1.

These top three will have to outrun the competition if they want a spot in the winner’s circle, though. Louisville trainer Brad Cox has three horses entering this weekend’s prestigious Run for the Roses:

  • Tawny Port
  • Zozos
  • Cyberknife

The latter of those names, Cyberknife, was sired by 2016 Kentucky Derby third-place champion Gun Runner. The stud also sired fellow contestant Taiba, who won the Grade I Santa Anita Derby. Taibi traditionally races under trainer Bob Baffert. However, since Baffert is currently serving a 90-day suspension, Taiba and Messier were both transferred to trainer Tim Yakteen for this race.

Legendary trainer Todd Pletcher also has three colts competing:

  • Mo Donegal
  • Charge It
  • Pioneer of Medina

With such a strong field of racers, current odds will likely change more than a few times as the week progresses. Moreover, the potential of rain could also play a major factor in how lines continue to shift.

Check back tomorrow for more information on the 2022 Kentucky Derby. We’ll be detailing the different types of wagers available along with the best bets for beginner, intermediate and advanced horse racing enthusiasts.

Photo by AP/Charlie Riedel
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As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. She then returned to her love of written word in 2000 after working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer. As a journalist, she's covered a variety of topics and currently specializes in Tennessee online sports betting and Virginia casino news. She served as a panelist at this year's All American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry.

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