The Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Betting

Betting on Kentucky Derby rivals the Super Bowl for the excitement that it generates each year. Although the race is only 2 minutes long, it consistently draws the attention of horse racing fans as well as people whose only knowledge of horse racing comes from "The Kentucky Derby." From small bets between friends at Derby parties to the crazy big money horse bets at offtrack horse betting parlours, casinos in Las Vegas and online horse betting sites, placing a wager on the Derby is a staple of bucket lists.

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The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky. It has a history of over years and draws over 150,000 spectators every year.

Known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate time length, the Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing in the United States. It typically draws around 155,000 screaming fans. Every year, fans and celebrities descend on Louisville to take part of the spectacle at Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is one of the crown jewels of the mystical (and maddening) Triple Crown which includes the Belmont Stakes located at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York and the Preakness Stakes which is located at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Kentucky Derby is the most famous graded stake shorse race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses and it takes place in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. Capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival, the Race for the Roses currently covers one and one-quarter miles (2.012 km) at Churchill Downs; colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg), fillies 121 pounds (55 kg).

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Kentucky Derby Facts

US Racing, an online horse racing service, compiled the following Kentucky Derby facts for horse racing fans.

The Crowd

In 2014, there was a crowd of 164,905 which almost matched the record of 165,307 in 2012. If we have sunny weather, we will break 165,000 with people cheering American Pharaoh and Dortmund to victory!

The Booze

122,000 Mint Juleps 475,000 beers sold in Grand Stands and Infield

The Bling

90 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cups 10 Legendary Woodford Reserve Cups – starting bid $2,000 Ingredients: Ice made from pure mineral water sourced from glacial ice of Nova Scotia. Gold dusted mint from Woodford County, Kentucky and Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Bourbon. Hmm, for that much money you could get a group of your friends feeling right and make great a mint julep from scratch

The Benjamins

$345 Million in revenue for Kentucky $65 bucks to get into Churchill Downs $5,000 to get in like a Playha

The View

15,224 square foot HD Video Board installed at Churchill Downs- $12 Million bucks for a TV! That’s larger than 3 NBA basketball courts—combined!

My First Kentucky Derby Bet

By the US Racing Team

I remember placing my first bet at the Kentucky Derby online.

It was in 2005, and I decided to bet on a horse called Giacomo being ridden by Hall of Fame jockey, Mike Smith. Giacomo was certainly not a favorite.

What were the odds? 50-1. Yes, the same odds as Mine that Bird who won in 2009!

The only horse with worse odds who won the derby was Donerail who started at 91-1! So, odds don’t tell the full story with the horse and jockey who end up winning the garland of red roses in Lousiville.

Anyway, Giacomo was named after the singer Sting’s son. Jerry Moss was the owner - Jerry Moss and Herb Albert (yes, of the Whipped Cream and Other Delights!) were the founders of A&M Records. Sting performed and recorded under that label as a solo act and also when he was in the rock group The Police.

Giacomo is Italian for James. Ironically, Giacomo has a half-brother named Tiago which in Portugese means James!

But, I digress. . .

So, why did I bet on Giacomo at that year’s Derby?

Let’s put it this way: I’m a sucker for the underdog. If there was a horse called Rocky, I would have bet on him based on principle.

I didn’t bet on Charismatic at the 1999 Kentucky Derby (I would have if I was there- he was a long shot, too—31-1 odds) but I bet on Lemon Drop Kid at the 1999 Belmont Stakes.

It’s not that I wasn’t on the Charismatic bandwagon—I wasn’t a Triple Crown hater.

I bet Lemon Drop Kid because my sister loved lemon drops (I think it was the Cosmopolitan drink of ’99 before Sex and the City ushered in Cosmos). I wasn’t following racing back then—I didn’t know Chris Antley’s story and Charismatic’s, either.

So, now the Derby is coming close. The first Saturday in May, it’s easy to remember. And it always takes place at Churchill Downs.

I hope that if you are betting on the Kentucky Derby for the first time you will consider a long shot. Bet for the underdog. Sometimes, he may not have fleas. Sometimes, he might just rise to the occasion. And sometimes. . . just sometimes, a 50-1 long shot will put a bankroll in your pocket!

Good luck with your bets and everybody at US Racing hopes you pick a winner! (If you happen to lose, we wish you have an extra mint julep at arm’s length.).

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Kentucky Derby Prep Race Schedule

Grade II Churchill Downs $250,000-added, seven furlongs, 4-year-olds and up
Grade III La Troienne $150,000-added, seven furlongs, 3-year-old fillies
Grade III Distaff Turf Mile $150,000-added, one mile, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Distaff $300,000 added, seven furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Grade I Turf Classic $500,000-added, 1 1/8 mile, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Kentucky Derby $2,000,000-guaranteed, 1 1/4 mile, 3-year-olds
*$40 general admission

2018 Kentucky Derby TV Schedule

Date Races Network
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 * 2018 Kentucky Derby, TBA

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