10 Week Two Updates: 2013 Kentucky Derby

Published On Apr 27, 2013

139th Kentucky Derby KickoffExcitement is in the air in the betting world now that the 139 Kentucky Derby is less than a week away. Without a doubt, the anxiety over which horse will win the big race is reaching a boiling point. To make decisions about Kentucky Derby favorites easier, we have briefly outlined recent news updates that are of significance to bettors. As always, we will continue to give you updates like these on our blog up until the moment the race is run.

1. Pletcher dominates contenders list

This week, Bob Baffert had to pull two prominent horses out of the Kentucky Derby contenders list. Possibly replacing Super Ninety Nine and Den’s Legacy are two horses that already have a popular trainer. With these changes, Todd Pletcher will most likely have six out of 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby and four in the Kentucky Oaks.

2. Frac Daddy named for risky oil drilling procedure

DerbyBetting.org speculated that Frac Daddy was named after the famous horse Fric Frac, but we were mistaken. Instead, it appears that the Montana Oil businessmen that own Frac Daddy intentionally chose the name because of the success they have had with the controversial oil drilling technique called fracking.

3. Charming Kitten is now in the contenders list

Now that Den’s Legacy and Super Sixty Nine have been scratched from the contenders list, horses that were ranked in twenty-first and twenty-second place are revved up to take their spots. Replacing them are Charming Kitten and Winning Cause. However, the jury is still out on Winning Cause and it is likely that Code West (in twenty-third place) will actually run in the Kentucky Derby.

4. Churchill Downs is banning weird items

Over the past decade, Churchill Downs has stepped up security measures in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Each year, it seems that there is a new item that makes the banned list. While some items, such as large bags and backpacks, make sense, others are a little bit odd. For example, cameras with interchangeable lenses will be flagged by security at Kentucky Derby events.

5. National Anthem singer chosen

Before the Kentucky Derby begins, everyone stands to sing “My Old Kentucky Home” and listen to the National Anthem. This is an event that is broadcast on television around the world, and there have been a long list of celebrity singers to deliver this song. This year, multiple news sources state that country music singer, Martina McBride, has been chosen for this annual honor.

6. Kentucky Derby Festival dedicating to Boston Marathon

One of the most important events that happens before the Run for the Roses each year is the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon. Naturally, with the recent events related to the Boston Marathon bombing, Louisville is now focused on remembering the victims of this tragedy. For this reason, many of the Kentucky Derby marathon runners are making media announcements that they are dedicating their run to the injured victims in Boston to show solidarity.

7. Churchill Downs purchases more wireless

In the past, it was often very difficult to use your phone or wireless devices during the Kentucky Derby. This is especially frustrating for tourists trying to coordinate their location with other members of their party. Thankfully, Churchill Downs has upgraded their wireless service plan to complement the other aspects of the luxury lifestyle they represent.

8. Everyone is throwing out their early favorites

With only seven days until the race, the rest of the world has joined the state of Kentucky in pre-Derby jitters. With the clock ticking, many horse racing picks experts are throwing their predictions into the spotlight. Of course, this list cannot be finalized until a couple of days before the Kentucky Derby, but it is always nice to get an early opinion on the favorites. So far, top favorites from the past week are Orb, Verrazano, Revolutionary, and Rick Pitino’s Goldencents.

9. Palice Malice hoped to break dry spell

Aiken, South Carolina’s Dogwood Stable has an odd Kentucky Derby story to tell. Mainly, they have a 40-year record in having Kentucky Derby horses finish in the top five — but never in first place. This year, they are placing all of their hopes on Palace Malice to break the drought they have endured for four decades. Interestingly, it has been also been about four decades since a single horse has won the Triple Crown.

10. No point for Officer Alex

Kentucky Derby PieThe new Kentucky Derby prep season points system has been a work in progress. One interesting development is that some trainers see no point in gathering points at the last wild card race before the Derby. For example, the trainer of Officer Alex decided to give their horse a break instead of pushing him to win a race that would not get them into the Kentucky Derby anyway.


Top 10 Weird Facts about 139 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Published On Apr 25, 2013

Placing a good bet on the Kentucky Derby means doing your homework. In order to get the widest range of handicapping tools, sometimes you need a few weird facts to help you make your final decisions. Now that the contenders list for the 2013 Kentucky Derby is starting to shape up, it is the perfect time to start digging around for a few skeletons in these horse’s closets. After doing thorough research of the news produced about top contenders, our writers have produced odd facts that may help you place your most profitable Kentucky Derby bet.139th Kentucky Derby Contenders

1.) Top earner is not top horse

Before 2012, the way that a horse was selected for the Kentucky Derby depended on their purse winnings. This year, the top 20 contenders are selected based upon how many points they earned in the prep race season. So far, Orb and Verrazano are the horses with the most points, but not the most purse earnings. Using last year’s system, the weird fact of the matter is that Lines Of Battle would have been the center of attention. Instead, this top earner is in seventh place with 100 points.

2.) Small farms’ big chance

Most of the contenders list for the 2013 Kentucky Derby is focused on a few famous farms and trainers. One exception is the top contender Orb. Hailing from a small town in California, the owners of this horse are hoping to put their stables on the map.

3.) Does Frac relate to fracking?

Americans are deeply concerned by a process that uses water to mine for oil and other forms of energy. Called “fracking,” some spectators are worried that the horse Frac Daddy is named after this environmentally damaging process. Instead, horses are usually named after other winners. In this case, Frac Daddy is named for his father, Scat Daddy. The Frac part of his name is most likely a way to honor the great racehorse Fric Frac.

4.) Top earning female jockey

After Shanghai Bobby was taken out of the contenders list due to an injury, his jockey had to find another horse to meet her goal. Rosie Napravnik stands to beat a record that has been unbroken by a female jockey for 20 years. If she wins the Kentucky Derby on Mylute, Napravnik will hold the all time record for the most purse winnings for a single season.

5.) Mylute and Governor Charlie connected

There have been criticisms over the past decades about Thoroughbreds being inbred. While this is somewhat controversial, there are family connections in the 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders list. In particular, Mylute and Governor Charlie are half-brothers. Their common sire is Midnight Lute.

6.) Vyjack’s success surprises owner

In an interview with Vyjack’s owner, David Wilkenfeld, journalist Amanda Duckworth reveals surprising news. Mainly, the gelding’s rise to the top of the 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders list was never expected. Instead, Willkenfeld bought this horse for $45,000 at a two-year old sale without really expecting Vyjack to be much of a success. However, now that Vyjack is winning races, Willkenfeld is preparing to accept a new title, “winning Kentucky Derby horse owner.”

7.) Verrazano could be one of the slowest winners ever

One of the side-wagers that show up with exchange betting each year is for the beating the Kentucky Derby record time of 1:59.40. Achieved by Secretariat in 1973, few have come close since. Interestingly, multiple news sources have cited this year’s crop of three year olds as the slowest on record. The slowest winning of the Kentucky Derby was in 1891 at 2:52.25.

8.) Revolutionary kept in the cold

There has been a lot of focus on trainer, Todd Pletcher, because he has at least five horses in the Kentucky Derby contenders list and four horses in the Kentucky Oaks. While he has a lot of strategies, one is considered a little bit odd. In particular, news sources state that Pletcher decided to keep the horse, Revolutionary, in New York over the winter instead of Florida. So far, it appears that his technique is working.

9.) Is this horse a long shot?

The payouts for a long shot are always worth the investment, and it looks like this year’s candidate is Super Ninety Nine. The main issue is that this horse has underperformed and was scratched from key events such as the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint. Nevertheless, his positive performances in recent races has left many experts speculators mystified. In other words, keep your eye on Super Ninety Nine.

10.) Charming Kitten is waiting for a scratch

Owners were hesitant to assign a jockey to Charming Kitten because he was stuck in twentieth place on the 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders list with four other horses. Now, less than two weeks before the race, Charming Kitten is on standby at 21st place. He will only run in the race if another horse is scratched and the jockey will be determined at that time.

Pick Experts 2013 Kentucky Derby

Published On Apr 25, 2013

When you want to place the best bet on the Kentucky Derby, it is essential to have a second opinion before you invest hundreds or thousands of dollars. This is why picks experts for horse racing are sought after by bettors. However, how do you know who has the best opinion? While many pick experts are amateurs, others have a long track record of predicting winners. If you want an edge on the best 2013 horse pickers in the business, stay tuned.

Whom should I listen to about Kentucky Derby picks?

Jack Conway Major newspapers and horse-related online blogs want to capture the attention of horse racing fans around the Kentucky Derby. Sadly, when you look through the website, you see very little coverage of horse racing or betting the rest of the year. In other words, these media sources want to create a presence, but they do not always hire experts to make horse racing picks or cover the Kentucky Derby. Alternatively, if you want to know who you should be listening to about Kentucky Derby predictions, the following criteria will help you choose your expert:

  • Horse racing turf writers and editors retired trainers
  • Former jockeys
  • Racetrack managerial staff
  • Eclipse Award winners
  • Unexpected pick expert

It might be someone’s job to figure out the next Kentucky Derby winner, but that does not mean they actually predict the correct outcome. Interestingly, there is one horse racing outsider that has been on a winning streak. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has correctly picked the Kentucky Derby winner for the past two years and tells DerbyBetting.org writers that he hopes this year will be his “Trifecta.”

The ultimate Churchill Downs pick expert

The Kentucky Derby is serious business, and this is why Churchill Downs is careful to assign a single person to the “pick experts” category. Instead, they have their official oddsmaker, Mike Battaglia, and other staff members that give their professional opinions on Kentucky Derby predictions. For example, John Asher gives ongoing updates on his Derby favorites. He is also one of the best people to look to for 2013 picks advice because he is Vice President of Racing Communications at Churchill Downs and has a history of Kentucky Derby broadcasting.

Other important picks experts giving their opinions on the 2013 Kentucky Derby are:

  • Jennie Rees
  • Bob Ehalt
  • Ed DeRosa
  • Paul Moran
  • Barry Abrams
  • Jay Cronley
  • Bill Finley
  • Kellie Reilly
  • Terry Turrell
  • Claire Novak
  • Gary West
  • Kerry Carlson

DIY 2013 Kentucky Derby picks

It is great to get an opinion about the possible outcome of the Kentucky Derby, but you can also formulate your own opinions. Called handicapping, making a prediction about this year’s race is possible with online resources. For instance, checking pedigree charts lets you know if your favorite horse is related to any other Kentucky Derby winners. You can also watch videos of past races to see how horses perform on various kinds of racetrack surfaces.

Naturally, DerbyBetting.org is here to help you pick the right horse, and we can also help you figure out how to place bets. For all the latest updates about the Kentucky Derby and contenders, take a look at our blog.

Top 10 Best Pegasus Parade Videos

Published On Apr 24, 2013

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Louisville to watch the Pegasus Parade. Held in the week before the Kentucky Derby, the parade has been ongoing for decades. Although some years are sparse, most of the time you can expect to see a celebrity leading the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade as the Grand Marshal. For example, comedic pop singer Cyndi Lauper have more than a few funny moments when she led in 2012.

Sadly, it is not easy to find great Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade videos. However, our staff took the time to compile 10 of the best Pegasus Parade videos that show all of the best dancing, horses, marching bands, celebrities and excitement found that this event.

1. Muhammad Ali in the crowd

As a Louisville native, Mohammed Ali has maintained presence in the city in several ways. However, what is interesting is that you can often find this celebrity in the most unlikely places. A good example is this 2008 footage of Ali signing autographs before the Pegasus Parade.

2. Prince Charming at 2012 Pegasus Parade

Josh Dallas is a current TV heartthrob in his role as Prince Charming in ABC’s “Once Upon a Time.” He also had a funny interview during the 2012 Pegasus Parade with an over-excited journalist that you will not want to miss.

3. The 2nd Marine Division Band

One of the best live acts in America, a performance by the 2nd Marine Division Band is considered a real treat. These musicians make regular appearances at the Pegasus Parade, and there are several excellent videos online that prove this point.

4. An entire Pegasus Parade in a nutshell

Strangely, a roundup of all the major parts of a single Pegasus Parade is difficult to find. One exception is a great video of the 2010 Pegasus Parade. If you are looking for a way to show someone what this parade is all about and why they should go, this is the video you will want to show them.

5. Horses at the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade

One of the best parts about watching the Pegasus Parade is seeing mini-horses, working horses, and winning Thoroughbreds. As an official horse-oriented event, there are also other equine-based demonstrations during the Pegasus Parades that cannot be found anywhere else.

6. Vintage 1990s Pegasus Parade footage

Are you curious about what the Pegasus Parade looked like years ago? Footage of the Grayson County Middle School Band and the South Oldham High School Band from the early 1990s gives you a chance to take a trip down memory lane. Along with the bands, there are also shots of the crowd.

7. Downright silly whimsical music acts

Often called one of the greatest shows on Earth, the eccentric multi-person marching band called Mucca Pazza made an appearance at the 2008 Pegasus Parade. Although their performance was toned down compared to their usual gigs, it was still in the spirit of weirdness that Louisville is known for.

8. Extraordinary marching band performances

If you enjoy live music performances in the style of marching bands, the annual Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus parade is one that you will not want to miss. This footage was recorded by an attendant and has some of the best sound quality for Pegasus Parade marching band footage online.

9. The Derby City Rollers

Louisville, Kentucky absolutely adores the annual demonstration by the Derby City Rollers at the Pegasus Parade. There are many fans that have produced brief clips of their acts, but few are as clean or lengthy as this one from the 2011 parade.

10. Willard Scott’s 1992 Pegasus Parade coverage

NBC has a history of covering the Kentucky Derby and other related events. While most are of high quality, few are as a funny as Willard Scott’s appearance as a commentator at the Pegasus Parade in 1992. Perhaps Willard had a few too many mint juleps? Judge for yourself in this video.

Kentucky Derby Festival: Balloon Race

Published On Apr 22, 2013

One of the biggest baby and child-friendly happenings of the Kentucky Derby Festival is the balloon events. Sponsored by U.S. Bank, there are five ways to celebrate spread out over three days. This year the 2013 Great Balloon Fest will be held from April 25 to 27. While it seems very straightforward, the truth is that many tourists get lost because they forget the times and which location they need to be. To avoid those issues, we have compiled the essential information below. With a little bit of insight, you will have your facts straight, and you can use this article to see all of the action that the 2013 Kentucky Derby Balloon Fest has to offer.

US Bank Balloons

Did you get a Pegasus Pin?

In order to attend any of the Great Balloon Festival events, you will need to have a Pegasus Pin. This pin helps pay for events related to the Kentucky Derby Festival and is the only ticket you will need at the Balloon Fest sites. If you are a tourist, you may not be aware that corporate grocery stores and gas stations in Louisville are the place that you can buy the pins for $5 each. Parents will need to wear a Pegasus Pin for each child present. Although there are often Pegasus Pins available at the gate, you do not want to be caught in a situation where they have sold out for the night.

Balloons, Music, and the Waterfront

The first to events of the Balloon Fest will be held at Waterfront Park on April 25. One event begins at 5:00 PM and the other is at 8:30 PM. However, these dates are not concurrent with the Chow Wagon. In other words, you will not be able to expect to eat Chow Wagon food when you watch the balloons at Waterfront Park. Nevertheless, Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville will be sponsoring entertainment during the Waterfront Balloon Festival events.

2013 Balloon Fest schedule of events

Kentucky Derby BalloonsOne of the most important things to remember is that the Balloon Festival will be held in three different locations. Another thing that is confusing is that the times can vary drastically. For these reasons, be sure to recheck your information carefully before you drive all over town.

To stay organized, the complete 2013 Great Balloon Fest schedule is listed below. For more information or a last minute changes due to the weather, check with the Kentucky Derby Festival website.

Schedule for the 2013 US Bank Great Balloon Festival:

  • Thursday, April 25, 5 PM, Waterfront Park: Crew Challenge with Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville
  • Thursday, April 25, 8:30 PM, Waterfront Park: Great Balloon Glimmer with Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville
  • Friday, April 26, 7 AM Bowman Field: Great Balloon Rush-Hour Race
  • Friday, April 26, 6 PM, Kentucky Exposition Center: Great Balloon Glow (Note: $8 KEC parking fee)
  • Saturday, April 27, 7 AM, Bowman Field: Great Balloon Race

2013 Kentucky Derby Celebrities Preview

Published On Apr 21, 2013

One of the most exciting parts about the Kentucky Derby is the large number of celebrity tourists that attend. If you have always wanted to meet a famous star, there are plenty of ways that you can do this before and during the Kentucky Derby. Our writers at DerbyBetting.org have lived in the vicinity of Churchill Downs for the past two decades, and have a few tips to share with our readers.

If you get lucky and have a chance to meet a celebrity attending 2013 Kentucky Derby activities, do not forget to ask them which horse they are betting on. It could wind up being the lucky betting tip that you have been searching for.

Where you will find celebrities before the Derby

Lynda CarterWeeks before the Derby begin, celebrities start to show up for all of the Kentucky Derby Festival grand events such as the Pegasus Parade, Great Balloon Festival, and the expansive fireworks display called Thunder over Louisville. Naturally, getting the perfect outfit for the big race means meeting with local Kentucky milliners and dressmakers. Celebrities also flocked to Louisville because it is well established as a gourmet city. Nevertheless, most celebrities sighted around Louisville long before the Kentucky Derby begins are found eating at local fried chicken restaurants, eating at acclaimed refugee-owned restaurants, and having a taste of Louisville-roasted coffee.

Where to find Kentucky Derby celebrities

Where there is luxury, you are bound to find a Kentucky Derby celebrity. In Louisville, this means that they are still liable to be in hundreds of locations. For instance, there are a variety of four and five star hotels in Downtown Louisville. At Churchill Downs, it is the higher priced tickets for Millionaire’s Row that attracts celebrities. One  major event that will host a wide variety of celebrity tourists is the Barnstable Brown Party.

Celebrity Day at the Downs

Obviously, you will not be able to list all of the celebrities that have shown up for the Kentucky Derby over the past 138 years. Nevertheless, the main idea is that you should expect greatness. For example, former Presidents and Queen Elizabeth are not the only highest-ranking member of society that have shown up in the past the 10 years. This is what makes the Celebrity Day at the Downs such a treat. Most importantly, the main celebrity that horse racing fans get to meet is the Pegasus Parade Grand Marshal. In 2012, the Grand Marshal was Cyndi Lauper. This year, the Celebrity Day at the Downs 2013 will be held on the 6th floor of Churchill Downs on May 2. The cost of the ticket is $99.Chuck Lidell

Updates for Kentucky Derby celebrities

The Courier-Journal does an excellent job with their Kentucky Derby celebrity blog of keeping locals up to speed. Kentucky Derby 2013 Buzz blog has already announced a roster for 2013 that includes Wil Heuser and Ashley Iocco. Other celebrities that have announced they are coming to a Kentucky Derby-related event are Tiki Barber, Country star Luke Bryan, Guy Fieri, and Valerie Simpson. You will be able to see the stars at the Julep Ball, Unbridled Eve Party, the Bourbon Brunch and the Silks in the Bluegrass Derby Night Gala. The “Big Brother” crew will also be on the waterfront for the Kroger’s Fest-A-Ville May 1 event from 4 to 5 PM.


History of 2013 Kentucky Derby Contenders’ Names

Published On Apr 21, 2013

When you are trying to put together your bets for the Kentucky Derby, it is obvious that there are many funny names on the contenders list each year. A question in many bettors’ minds is whether there is some sort of method behind this madness. Interestingly, there are a lot of meanings behind Kentucky Derby horse names. Once you understand the history and rules governing these horses, you will be able to use this information to place better bets. In particular, many times a horse’s name specifies the championship-winning Thoroughbred that dominates their bloodline.

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Why do horses have weird names?

Thoroughbreds are the type of horse that is featured in the Kentucky Derby. To keep pedigrees organized, each country that has Thoroughbred horses will have a stud book. To have a horse that is eligible to run in the Kentucky Derby, it must have a name registered with the official stud book in their country of origin. However, one of the rules is that horses cannot have the same name. Certainly, mistakes have been made over the past two hundred years, but computer technology now ensures that reusing an old name does not happen anymore. For this reason, horse names have become weirder over the past decades because so few names that make sense are available.

How to figure out what horse names mean

Do names carry special meaning? When you are a serious bettor, you want to evaluate every angle of a horse that you are considering investing in. To get all of the details, a few research methods are in order. Listed below, four ways to research horse names are detailed.

1. Use online etymology dictionaries to check for the origins of horse names.
2. Check Google translate for foreign meanings.
3. Search for specific news related to naming the horse.
4. Always remember the pedigree often dictates the horses name. For example, Frac Daddy is named for Scat Daddy and Fric Frac was a famous horse that the owners may have wanted to embody for their 2013 Kentucky Derby hopeful.

Possible name explanations for 2013 Kentucky Derby weird horse names

Verrazano: This name is not necessarily a noun that is easily translated into another language. Instead, there are two main references for this name. The first refers to one of the suspension bridges in New York City. The other is Giovanni da Verrazano who was one of the first Italian explorers of North America. Either reference denotes a grandeur that a winning Kentucky Derby horse needs.

Vyjack: This Kentucky Derby horse name is difficult to decipher because it does not appear to be constructed from pedigree names. It is also not a combination of jockey, owner, or trainer names. As a matter of fact, you will be hard pressed to find a reference to Vyjack before 2010. Nevertheless, it is likely that this name was taken from a part of US Navy history. There is a flag called the First Navy Jack and this is the best source for this name our writers at DerbyBetting.org could find.

Palace Malice: Do you like your athletes to look tough? This was definitely the intention behind naming Palace Malice. The Palace part of this horse’s name comes from his dam, Palace Rumour. On the other hand, malice was probably added because this word means evil and fierce – which is what most bettors want from a winning horse.

Super Ninety Nine: It is difficult to find clues in this horse is pedigree for why it earned this name. It can also be confusing to Panamanians that will assume that it is a popular chain of stores found around Panama City. In any case, it is possible that this horse was named after the Japanese anime series, “Submarine Super 99” that ran from 1970 to 1972.

Charming Kitten: This may sound like something a cat lover would name their racehorse. In spite of this, Charming Kitten’s name has everything to do with its lineage. The pedigree of this Kentucky Derby contender includes Kitten’s Joy, Kitten’s First and other Prince Charming-style enchanted names like Lady Madonna, Lady Capulet, Fairy Bridge, and Northern Dancer.

Kentucky Derby 139: Five Week Two Updates For Bettors

Published On Apr 20, 2013

There are only two more weeks left until the Kentucky Derby 139 begins. With all of the excitement in the air, changes are happening rapidly. With that in mind, we have rounded up five of the most pertinent updates for bettors in the news over the past week.

Trainer could have five horses in Kentucky Derby contender’s list

The contenders list for the 2013 Kentucky Derby is not set in stone yet. However, it is obvious that trainer Todd Pletcher is going to have up to five horses running in the Kentucky Derby. That is quite an achievement and the New York Daily News reports he will also have four horses in the 2013 Kentucky Oaks. With nine horses racing over two days, it is clear that he is likely to capture first place for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and 2013 Kentucky Oaks.

Verrazano arrives at Churchill Downs

When you want your horse to win a big race, you take them to the track early and allow them to get to know the place. If you were thinking of placing a bet on Verrazano, the good news is that this horse is already practicing at Churchill Downs. This is also one of Todd Pletcher’s horses. So far, Pletcher reports that Verrazano is doing well with racing on the track at Churchill Downs. It is also important to note that the weather in Louisville has alternated between hot and cold with a few days of wet and muddy conditions during those training times.Louisville Concours d'Elegance 2011

Shanghai Bobby’s jockey now with Mylute

Many bettors are mourning the loss of Shanghai Bobby from the 2013 Kentucky Derby contenders list. Jockey Rosie Napravnik was hoping to ride him in the Kentucky Derby, but has now announced that she will be riding contender Mylute instead. At the Kentucky Derby, Napravnik will also stand to break a 20-year record for most purse money earned by a female jockey in a single year.

Winning Louisville Cardinals coach has Kentucky Derby contender

The Louisville Cardinals have been in the news over the past months for their 2012-2013 NCAA win. Leading the team is famed basketball coach Rick Pitino who has led teams to the NCAA wins for the Kentucky Wildcats and University of Louisville Cardinals. Obviously, Pitino is a basketball coaching genius, and he has been the owner of several top horses in the past decades. For the 2013 Kentucky Derby, Rick Pitino is the owner of contender Goldencents. Because everyone loves Pitino in Kentucky, Goldencents will likely be a horse that every novice gambler bets on this year.

New playoffs system draws criticism

There has been a lot of anxiety about the new Kentucky Derby points system that was put into place at the start of the prep season in September 2012. Originally, Churchill Downs officials were trying to give new horse racing fans an easier system to understand. In the past, contenders were chosen by how much money they had accumulated throughout the prep season with their purse winnings. Now, if a horse wins a certain predetermined race, they will get points. It is certainly easier to add up points than remember the dollar amount that each horse won at a different race.

Nevertheless, critics of the new system say the main problem is that bettors are still bewildered about how to place a bet on the Kentucky Derby. Obviously, we solve that problem easily at DerbyBetting.org and give bettors an opportunity to learn how to place a bet and sign up for a new account.


History of the Kentucky Derby Party

Published On Apr 20, 2013

Are you looking for Kentucky Derby party ideas because you are throwing one this year? Since the very beginning, the Kentucky Derby has been associated with an extravagant spread. Along the way, the rich and the poor alike have perfected the history of the Kentucky Derby party. To get an idea of how to make your Kentucky Derby party more authentic, take a look at this trivia from the past. Also, do not forget that this is a great way to show your friends how to sign up for a Kentucky Derby betting account online.

Historic horse racing parties

Kentucky Derby PartyAristides won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, and the stud farm he descended from was known for its legendary parties. Called McGrathiana, it was owned by a wealthy Lexington man named Price McGrath. Now called Coldstream, ESPN described McGrathiana parties as having, “lavish burgoo feasts … under a grove of locust trees at half-past one … with burgundy followed by roast dishes of mutton, goat and pig while the champagne and bourbon flowed.” As far as the fashion of 1875, the rich wore silk hats and the women carried parasols while working class men donned shirtsleeves and straw hats.

The first Infield party

The Kentucky Derby has a history of focusing on luxury and high class living. Regardless, the working class have always had presence at the Kentucky Derby. For example, at the first Kentucky Derby, working class people that could not afford the grandstands paid $2 for a badge to be able to stand at the rail and see the race. Since this time, the Infield party that takes place at Churchill Downs has evolved significantly. Over the past decade, it has been referred to as a frat party, but critics say that it has a history of being a space for roughhousing. This is not necessarily the case today, and you can expect law enforcement to be on hand for any partying in the Infield during the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

The first Kentucky Derby Festival event

Many people assume that the organizers of the Kentucky Derby own the large citywide party known as the Kentucky Derby Festival. Others assume that the City of Louisville must be the ones behind the scenes of events like the Balloon Glow, the Pegasus Parade, and Thunder over Louisville. The truth is that the Kentucky Derby Festival is a separate entity that has a history that began in 1935. After a couple of years, the festival shut down, but it was restarted in 1956.

Interestingly, the idea behind the first festival-oriented Kentucky Derby party in 1956 was to create an elaborate event for people that were too poor to afford to go to the Kentucky Derby. According to the Kentucky Derby Festival website, these 1950s originators came up with the idea to create a pageant of the people. In order to capture a spirit of magic, excitement and energy, the winged horse of Greek mythology, Pegasus, was chosen.

How important are Kentucky Derby parties in the end?

Is it just a silly idea to throw a Kentucky Derby party each year? The answer to this question is an absolute no. Although it seems like Churchill Downs comes up with all the good ideas, the truth is that regular horse racing fans and their parties are where many Kentucky Derby traditions start. A good example is the red roses that are presented to the winning horse after the Kentucky Derby. The red rose became the official flower due to an after-party tradition started by a New York only socialite named E. Berry Wall.

When ladies showed up at his Kentucky Derby party, Wall would always give them a red rose. One of those parties was attended by Churchill Downs founder Meriwether Lewis Clark, and the red rose soon found its way to the Kentucky Derby. Starting in 1896, red roses were presented at the conclusion of each Kentucky Derby for the rest of the history of this race. In other words, be sure to take your ideas for Kentucky Derby parties seriously because your style could be the next big official trend.

2013 Men’s Hat Trends

Published On Apr 18, 2013

Are you looking to have the hottest men’s Kentucky Derby hat for 2013? Attendants of the Kentucky Derby are going to wear a hat for more than one reason. Mainly, fans of the past did not have the luxury of applying sunscreen and needed a little bit of protection for their delicate noses. After all, the Kentucky Derby is incorrectly called the fastest two minutes in sports because it is actually an outdoor event that lasts the whole day. Although styles have changed over the years, a fancy hat is always worn by male and female Kentucky Derby attendants. Thankfully, this year, it is easy to buy a men’s hat that has as much grandeur as you want.

Classic men’s Kentucky Derby hats of the past and present

The Track Philosopher blog did an excellent job of compiling photographs of the classic Kentucky Derby style men’s hats. In the 2013 collection, the narrow and wide-brimmed Fedoras get a lot of mentions. Other current popular looks, according to this author, are the Straw Trilby Fedora, the flat cap, the Boater and the Panama hat. Naturally, if you want that to bring back classics found at the first Kentucky Derby, your main choices are the Bowler or Derby hat.

Mens Hats

The Kentucky Derby 139 official hat

Did you know that the Kentucky Derby sells their very own men’s hats each year? The Kentucky Derby Museum staff currently sells nine different hats, and a few of them have the Kentucky Derby 139 logo. Classic styles include the Montecristi Panama Hat, the Gambler Hat, and a number of straw hats. The most common colors for these hats are natural straw (beige) and cream-colored white.

Latest men’s hats trends for 2013

While many men will go with a classic suit and hat that has a few touches of vibrant color, some men want to use the Kentucky Derby as an opportunity to wear haute couture. Thankfully, two style blogs have the right idea about classic Kentucky Derby sophisticated men’s clothing and accessories. This year the Reluctant Milliner blog is focusing on the beret, “fitting cloche-style rain caps,” and “classic British heritage with bowlers and smoking caps.” Throwing in their own suggestions for men’s hats trends for 2013, the Shoe Aristocrat Blog highly recommends the Pork Pie hat.

The perfect Kentucky Derby hat investment

When you are looking to invest serious money into a hat, you want to embrace many themes at once. Along with capturing a classic style, you will also want it to be slightly trendy to stay in vogue. Finally, you want it to fit your head perfectly and have the highest quality materials. In other words, you want to be able to be buried in this hat. During a time that most Americans are focusing more on ball caps and less on a hat that can uphold these high standards, there is one exception.

Hailing from San Francisco, Paul’s Hat Shop is also online, but makes a point of showing up in person in Louisville before the Kentucky Derby begins. Commonly found in the NuLu District, Paul’s milliners will construct a man’s hat for any customer that is fit for a king. Without a doubt, these men’s hats from Paul’s SF are perfect for Millionaire’s Row, your wedding, or any other event where you need to look refined.

Some styles of classic men’s hats offered by Paul’s San Francisco that are perfect for the 2013 Kentucky Derby are:

  • Optimo
  • Pork Pie
  • Bowler
  • Derby
  • Top Hat
  • Fedora