On Saturday May 4th over 150,000 fans gathered at Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby – AKA the Run for the Roses, AKA The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.
Winning the Kentucky Derby is easily the crowning achievement for any thoroughbred, jockey, trainer or owner on the horse racing circuit. It’s their Super Bowl, their Stanley Cup, their Olympic gold.
Derby Day is also the most important day of the year for betting on horses. Over $133 million was wagered on the 2012 Kentucky Derby, shattering the record of $118.4 million set in 2006 when the magnificent Barbaro captured the imaginations of horse lovers around the world. Perhaps you were one of those people – or you might be brand new to horses and horse betting; either way, we’re here to help you get ready for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
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The Kentucky Derby dates back to 1875
For one thing, you’ll need to know a little more about the race itself. Many of the winners have become household names over the years, none of them more famous than 1973 champion Secretariat. This giant chestnut colt (16.2 hands high, or five-foot-six from his shoulder to the ground) won the Kentucky Derby in a time of just 1:59.4, a record that still stands today.
We’ll tell you more about Secretariat and the history of this great race as part of our preparations for betting on the 2013 Kentucky Derby. We’ll also go into greater detail about Churchill Downs itself. Every sports betting event takes place at a location; the more you know about the location, the sharper bets you can make. In this case, the location is one of the most iconic landmarks in the United States. Churchill Downs opened in 1875 and has seen everything the Sport of Kings has to offer.
Of course, the history of Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby is linked tightly with the history of sports gambling. It was the introduction and widespread legalization of pari-mutuel betting in the United States that allowed thoroughbred racing to flourish during the Great Depression. Interest in the sport rose again in the 1990s with simulcasting, and once again in the 2000s with racino legislation and the spread of the Internet.
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Since you’re here on the internet looking for an edge on how to bet the Kentucky Derby, we’ll provide you with information on how to find a reliable sportsbook, how to open up an account and give you all the odds on the big race. We’ll also tell you the nuts and bolts about betting on horses, such as what kind of odds you’re likely to encounter – trifecta, superfecta, exacta – and we’ll explain them all in simple terms. You don’t need to know a croup from a fetlock to bet on the horses. You just need good information and a plan.
Once you’ve gotten the general idea about the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, it’s time to learn more about the best 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the sport today. Only the very best will be invited to participate; a new points system is in place for 2013 to make sure of that. Which horses will pass the test? Early favorites include Canadian-bred Uncaptured, 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion Shanghai Bobby and the Bob Baffert-trained Power Broker. We’ll have more on each of these fine horses and many other top contenders for the Kentucky Derby.
The racing season doesn’t end on Derby Day. This is the first leg in American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, followed two weeks later by the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland, and then by the Belmont Stakes another three weeks later at Belmont Park in New York. Remember how Secretariat set the record at the 1973 Kentucky Derby? He did that same at the Preakness and the Belmont to win the Triple Crown. All three records have yet to be broken.
Winning three races in such a short span of time, run over three different distances against the best thoroughbreds in the world, is no easy feat. The last horse to win the Triple Crown was Affirmed in 1978, but several horses have come close since then. In 2012, I’ll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness before developing tendinitis and pulling out of the Belmont. We’ll look at the history of all three races in the Triple Crown and give you an idea of which horses are best suited for each event. Plus we’ll go into more detail about the important trainers and jockeys you need to meet on the Triple Crown trail.
As with any sports betting situation, you can play for entertainment or you can play for profit, but make sure either way that you play responsibly or not at all. So, are you ready? Mix yourself an icy-cold mint julep, grab a bowl of burgoo and let’s get started.