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2013 Triple Crown Betting: What to Expect

Published On May 13, 2013

The Triple CrownIf you love getting huge payouts on events like the Kentucky Derby, stay tuned for the five weeks afterward for the 2013 Triple Crown. Simply put, the Triple Crown is an attempt to break a three-race record. It begins with the Kentucky Derby, but betting does not start to gain steam until the winner of the Derby also wins the Preakness. Naturally, if you can place a bet on whether or not the Triple Crown will hit in 2013, you can win the biggest payout of your life. For this reason, knowing more about this event can help you place better bets.

Why the Triple Crown is important for bettors

The Belmont Stakes, Preakness and Kentucky Derby make up the three races of the Triple Crown. These races have been important for the past 14 decades; however, it is only in the past 100 years that they have been complementarily scheduled to create the Triple Crown event. If a horse wins all three races, they have a Triple Crown victory. This does not happen very often, and the anticipation for bettors can reach a boiling point. This is especially true if a horse wins the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The wagering before the final race at the Belmont Stakes often has a betting pool that rivals the Kentucky Derby. In addition to bets placed on the winner of the Belmont Stakes, there may also be a separate bet for the Triple Crown victory.

The Triple Crown drought

Sadly, there has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won in 1978. Many speculations have been made, but few expert opinions can verify why this four-decade long Triple Crown drought has occurred. Nevertheless, one theory that has emerged is that inbreeding within the Thoroughbred population is to blame. There are also several supporting arguments that show the latest crop of Thoroughbreds are some of the slowest on record. All of these speculations make it difficult to decide how to place a Triple Crown bet.

2013 Derby-Preakness doubles betting

Will the winner of the 2013 Kentucky Derby also win the Preakness? If this happens, it will be referred to as a double in the history books. For example, I’ll Have Another is a Derby-Preakness double because he won both races in 2012. Without a doubt, there will be a bet available before the Preakness to see if the same horse will win the Preakness and the Derby. If the winner of the Kentucky Derby loses the Preakness, there will not be as much Triple Crown betting afterward. On the other hand, if this same horse wins the first two races, the Belmont Stakes will be particularly popular with bettors. In addition to a hefty Belmont Stakes betting pool that is fueled by a Triple Crown fire, there will also be separate bets for the Triple Crown win.

Preakness-Belmont doubles and Derby-Belmont doubles

Winning two out of three legs of the Triple Crown is quite an accomplishment, and this affects bettors in certain ways. Obviously, the most profitable scenarios are going to include betting on a horse that wins the Preakness and Kentucky Derby to win the Belmont Stakes. Nonetheless, do not forget that there will also be bets on a Kentucky Derby-Belmont Stakes double even if the winner of the Derby fails at the Preakness.

Betting on the 2013 Triple Crown

If you did not set up an online betting account for the Kentucky Derby, now is your chance. We provide a number of great reviews on race books at this website and have other tips for setting up an account. We also have special instructions about Kentucky Derby betting. The same advice we give for the Derby goes for Triple Crown wagering. Mainly, the main idea is that you follow schedules closely in order to place an online bet successfully. For instance, two dates that you will need to know for 2013 Triple Crown betting are May 18 (Preakness) and June 8 (Belmont Stakes).

Winners of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horseracing

  • 1919 Sir Barton
  • 1930 Gallant Fox
  • 1935 Omaha
  • 1937 War Admiral
  • 1941 Whirlaway
  • 1943 Count Fleet
  • 1946 Assault
  • 1948 Citation
  • 1973 Secretariat
  • 1977 Seattle Slew
  • 1978 Affirmed

2013 Belmont Stakes: Betting Information

Published On May 10, 2013

Are you trying to get your bets prepared for the 2013 Belmont Stakes? The Kentucky Derby is the biggest betting pool in the United States each year, but the Belmont Stakes also has payouts that you will not want to overlook. In order to get your wagers placed on time and win big, a brief outline on what to expect from the 2013 Belmont Stakes is all you need.Belmont Stakes 2013

History of the Belmont Stakes

Most people are not aware that the Triple Crown is run in an order from youngest to eldest. The Kentucky Derby is held first each year, and it is the youngest race of the three. The oldest and final horse race in the Triple Crown are the Belmont Stakes. It was first held in 1867 and has been run 143 out of the past 145 years. The only two years that the Belmont Stakes were canceled was 1911 and 1912. The typical capacity at this racetrack is about 32,000, but it can swell up to over 100,000 during the Belmont Stakes. On the other hand, attendance at the 2013 Kentucky Derby was over 150,000. Thankfully, the same attitude toward attendance is not paid toward Belmont Stakes betting.

Where is the Belmont Stakes held?

Currently, the Belmont Stakes is held at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, but this was not always the case. The first Belmont Stakes race was actually held 15 miles away in Brooklyn in 1867. In 1890, the race moved from Jerome Park to the Morris Park Racecourse. The Belmont Stakes finally moved to its current location in May of 1905.

When is the 2013 Belmont Stakes?

As the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes is always held after the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. You will find it on the calendar each year on a Saturday between June 5 and June 11. This year, the 2013 Belmont Stakes will be run on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Unlike the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the post time for the Belmont Stakes is listed closer to the day of the race. However, the times for the 13 races held on the same day at Belmont Park start at 11am and end at 10pm. The Belmont Stakes is the eleventh race held that day.

What about tickets to the Belmont Stakes 145?

You do not need to attend the Belmont Stakes in order to bet on it, but if you want to watch the race in person; you are in luck. The tickets to the Preakness and Kentucky Derby tend to be expensive and difficult to obtain. Alternatively, tickets to the Belmont Stakes are extremely cheap and easy to come by. Sadly, this all changes when there is a possible Triple Crown victory underway. This means that getting tickets with a reserved seat to the 2013 Belmont Stakes should be purchased before the Preakness begins. Tip: Keep in mind that tickets for “admission” to the Belmont Stakes are not the same as reserved seat tickets.

2013 Belmont Stakes tips for bettors

Belmont Stakes BettingThis year, the organizers of the Belmont Stakes are luring bettors to place a wager on the other races occurring that day. In particular, Race 6 and Race 8 will offer a guaranteed $1 million betting pool. To get the guarantee, bet the Pick 6 for Race 6 and the Pick 4 for Race 8. Otherwise, you can expect to place 2013 Belmont Stakes bets on race day. Moreover, do not be surprised if your betting website does not offer betting on the race until the day it begins.

Belmont Stakes 145 contenders list

Traditionally, the Belmont Stakes will release the contenders for the race after the Preakness is run. This puts bettors at a disadvantage and appears to make it difficult to figure out how to start handicapping the race early. If the lack of information about the Belmont Stakes 2013 contenders list has you feeling gloomy, remember that it most of the horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will also be present at the Belmont Stakes. So far, a short list of horses that will be running at the 2013 Preakness includes Orb, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Goldencents, Departing, Govenor Charlie, Mylute, Itsmyluckyday, Vyjack, and Normandy Invasion.

Winners of the Belmont Stakes from the past 10 years

  • 2012 Union Rags
  • 2011 Ruler on Ice
  • 2010 Drosselmeyer
  • 2009 Summer Bird
  • 2008 Da’Tara
  • 2007 Rags to Riches
  • 2006 Jazil
  • 2005 Afleet Alex
  • 2004 Birdstone
  • 2003 Empire Maker
  • 2002 Sarava

2013 Preakness Stakes: Betting Information

Published On May 10, 2013

Are you looking for important betting information related to the 2013 Preakness Stakes? After the Kentucky Derby, the next major event in horse racing in the United States is the Preakness. Without a doubt, this race is extremely exciting because of its relationship to the Triple Crown. To get all of your facts straight so that you are ready to place your bets, here is the pertinent 138 Preakness Stakes information that you will need.2013 Preakness

When is the 2013 Preakness

Placing a bet on the Preakness means knowing exactly when it starts and what date it is on. Because it is part of the Triple Crown, it is held before the Belmont Stakes and after the Kentucky Derby. Each year, you can expect the Preakness to occur on the third Saturday in May. The first races of the day begin at noon, but the actual Preakness Stakes has a post time of 6:00-6:20 pm EST. For 2013, the Preakness Stakes will be held on May 18.

Where is the Preakness?

The Preakness Stakes started in 1873 – two years before the Kentucky Derby was inaugurated. Although there were a few years that it was not raced, it has been held at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland for the past 138 out of 140 years. The Preakness is named after a horse that won the first race at Pimlico, the Dinner Party Stakes, on October 25, 1870. If you want to find live coverage of the race, it is being broadcast on NBC starting at 4:30 pm EST.

Preakness tickets and cheap deals

The Kentucky Derby is well-known for its pricey seating and luxury lifestyle. Is the same true for the Preakness Stakes? There are a lot of similarities between how people celebrate the Preakness and the Derby, but ticket prices are where they deviate. All of the Derby grandeur is still available at Pimlico, but tickets and cheap deals are much more likely than at the Kentucky Derby. One similarity that always fits every budget tourists price guidelines is the Pimlico Preakness Infield ticket. Unlike Louisville’s Infield party, Baltimore turns this into an event that can only be rivaled by Mardi Gras. Leading the way to Preakness victory are Infield mascots: UniCarl and Kegasus.

2013 Preakness tips for bettors

While getting an online betting account for the Preakness is very quick and easy to do, it takes a little bit more time to get adjusted to a betting website’s features. If you did not sign up for an account for the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes gives you a chance to reap the rewards of one of the largest betting pools you will have access to all year. If you log on now and do not see anything about the Preakness, do not worry because you will be able to place your bets on the day of the race. In the case of a scratch, no contenders will be added to the list 24 hours before the race.

2013 Preakness Stakes Contenders

With only a couple of weeks until the race begins, the contenders list for the Preakness Stakes 2013 is not filled. So far, there are 10 contenders that were present at the 2013 Kentucky Derby. While the Kentucky Derby had 21 contenders, it appears that the Preakness Stakes will only have 14. The other four contenders will be announced close to the time of the race.

The contenders for the 2013 Preakness Stakes are:

  • Orb
  • Oxbow
  • Will Take Charge
  • Goldencents
  • Departing
  • Govenor Charlie
  • Mylute
  • Itsmyluckyday
  • Vyjack
  • Normandy Invasion

Maryam Louise’s Picks for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

Published On May 4, 2013

2013 Kentucky Derby PicksAs a writer for Kentucky, I take my Kentucky Derby picks seriously. Since I was a child growing up in Western Kentucky in the 1980s, I have shared the Kentucky Derby weekend with my birthday. Unfortunately, I have developed a lifelong habit of choosing my favorite horse for the Kentucky Derby based on a long list of sympathies that I developed by reading in Louisville’s daily Courier-Journal horse racing column. After years of doing research writing about horse racing, betting, and the Kentucky Derby, it is time for me to put my money where my mouth is.

For the 139th Kentucky Derby, I have developed a strategy for my bets that will hopefully allow me to show off my handicapping skills to others. Will my investment pay off? We will find out after the Kentucky Derby is run on May 4, 2013. If I hit it big, I will keep you posted about how I spend my money for my 36th birthday on May 5th. Fingers crossed, I will eat my betting victorious birthday dinner at the finest restaurant in Louisville.

Last years betting payouts affect this year’s strategy

The 2012 Kentucky Derby betting payouts were tremendous outside of your typical win, place, and show bets. This definitely made me think that I needed to diversify the way I split up the $50 I had to bet on the race. For example, the $1 Daily Double paid out $408.80 and the $1 Pick Three paid out $1648.70. Instead of betting on a few different favorites in several different ways, I am going to try my chances with as many horses as possible. This means I will be randomly selecting some of my 2013 Kentucky Derby picks based on a lot of different hunches.

My methods of the handicapping the 2013 Kentucky Derby

Figuring out which horses will win the Kentucky Derby is never easy. Many people will look at the morning workout videos or watch past races where horses are running on similar track conditions. Other people will say that watching races where the horses have raced against each other before is the best way to prove the Kentucky Derby winner.

However, I tend to notice that Kentucky Derby winners are clever. In particular, a video emerged last year before the Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another playing with his owner. She is in a motorized wheelchair, and he is picking up her newspaper like they are old friends. For this reason, I am looking at Revolutionary as my 2013 Kentucky Derby favorite to win.

My love for Revolutionary emerged when I was watching a video of him getting a bath. He seemed to love being handled by groomers and did not fidget like the other horses. He also recently won the Louisiana Derby with most of the current contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. He might not be everyone’s favorite, but I am definitely going to include him in some of my exotic bets.

My final betting strategy for the 139th Kentucky Derby

I feel like that having multiple strategies, and multiple bets ensure that you eventually win something. For example, I am definitely going to place a few dollars down on Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s 2013 Kentucky Derby pick, Normandy Invasion. I think he will come in the top three, but I am not sure which order, so I will bet for him to win, place, or show to cover all of the top three options. I am also going to make a win, place, or show bet for each of the long shots: Golden Soul, Charming Kitten, and Oxbow. Long shots easily payout enough to make them a good part of a solid betting strategy.

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Exotic wagering for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

2013 Kentucky Derby PayoutsOne final area that I will need to cover in order to have a profitable betting strategy is to include a few exotic wagers. Although there is a lot of advice presented about the perfect picks, I always end up going with a hunch for exotic betting. Since I give myself a gambling limit, I randomly select some horses and leave the rest up to the universe.

Nevertheless, I am pretty sure this is going to be my betting card for the 139 Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2013:

  • $3 WPS: Charming Kitten, Golden Soul, Oxbow, Normandy Invasion, Orb, Revolutionary, Mylute
  • $1 Pick Three: Orb, Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion
  • $1 Daily Double: Normandy Invasion, Orb
  • $1 Daily Double: Orb, Revolutionary
  • $1 Daily Double: Normandy Invasion, Orb
  • $1 Superfecta: Charming Kitten, Orb, Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion
  • $1 Superfecta: Mylute, Orb, Normandy Invasion, Charming Kitten

Betting The 139th Kentucky Derby

Published On May 4, 2013

Betting The 139th Kentucky DerbyHave you already signed up for your online betting account for the 2013 Kentucky Derby? Unless you are at Churchill Downs on the day of the race to pay with cash, you will need to have an online form of betting set up for your Kentucky Derby bet. Otherwise, we have all of the relevant information that you will need to place a profitable wager on the Run for the Roses.

Basics for placing a bet for the 2013 Kentucky Derby

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013

Time: 6:24pm EST

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Track: Churchill Downs

Distance: 1 1/4 Mile Track

Betting Terminology

Win – Bet to win race

Place – Bet to finish first or second

Show – Bet to finish first, second, or third

Exacta – Pick exactly which horses will finish first and second

Trifecta – Pick exactly which horses will finish first, second, and third

Superfecta – Pick exactly which horses will finish first, second, third, and fourth

Payouts for the 2012 Kentucky Derby

To get an idea of what happened last year, here is a recap of the payouts for the 2012 Kentucky Derby.

I’ll Have Another Win/Place/Show: $32.60, $13.80, $9.00

Bodemeister: $6.20, $5.60

Dullahan: $7.20

$2 Exacta: $306.60

$1 Trifecta: $766.40

$1 Superfecta: $48,046.40

$1 Double: $408.80

$0.50 Pick 3: $824.35

$0.50 Pick 4: $7,781.10

$0.50 Pick 5: $23,923.80

$2 Pick 6: $675,148.00

List of 139 Kentucky Derby odds by order of official favorites:

  1. Orb 7-2
  2. Verrazano 4-1
  3. Goldencents 5-1
  4. Java’s War 15-1
  5. Overanalyze 15-1
  6. Revolutionary 10-1
  7. Lines of Battle 30-1
  8. Vyjack 15-1
  9. Will Take Charge 20-1
  10. Itsmyluckyday 15-1
  11. Palace Malice 20-1
  12. Normandy Invasion 12-1
  13. Frac Daddy 50-1
  14. Mylute 15-1
  15. Oxbow 30-1
  16. Falling Sky 50-1
  17. Charming Kitten 20-1
  18. Golden Soul 50-1
  19. Giant Finish 50-1
  20. Fear The Kitten 50-1

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Kentucky Derby Odds Expert and Oddsmaker Facts

Published On May 1, 2013

Kentucky Derby HorsesEach year when the Kentucky Derby approaches, people that do not normally follow horse racing get excited about placing a bet. Now that smartphones and tablets are commonplace, people feel natural inclination to want to place a bet online for the Kentucky Derby. While you can certainly make a quick decision and choose a horse at random, understanding what defines horse racing will help you ensure you place a winning Kentucky Derby wager. Detailed below are several popular questions that new bettors have about horse racing, odds, and oddsmakers.

It should also be noted that the Kentucky Derby has a unique betting culture that differs from other horse races in America. Whether you are a beginner or a horse racing pro, this tutorial will surely improve your ability to choose the right horse and place the best bet online for the Kentucky Derby.

What are Kentucky Derby futures?

It is easy to get confused when you see the words Kentucky Derby futures because amateur bettors tend to think it is a list of horses they can bet on. This is not true, and instead the information listed online for the Kentucky Derby “Future Wager” is a promotional/advertising game that Churchill Downs does every year about 6 weeks before the Derby. If your patience is running out and you want a trusted source of information before Churchill Downs releases the official copy of betting odds for Kentucky Derby horses, the Glantz-Culver Future Book Odds gives a list of the current odds of 50-1 or less. We also list these odds on our website as soon as they are available.

When do official Kentucky Derby odds appear?

When you are excited about the Kentucky Derby, you want to place your bet as soon as possible. However, it can be disappointing when you go to your favorite betting website and do not see any of the odds listed for the Kentucky Derby. Sometimes, you will see projected odds, but they are not ready for bettors to wager on. While there are many top 10 lists and polls about predicting which horse will win the Kentucky Derby in the weeks before the race, the official odds do not appear until they are released by Churchill Downs a short period of time before the Kentucky Derby. At that time, bettors can start to put their money down on the race.

Can I place a bet on a future race?

Typically, when you log onto an online betting account, it will only allow you to bet on races that take place that date. At some websites, the futures section is where you can find the betting odds or values for various types of sports. However, the morning line odds that are used for horse racing in America follow specific time-sensitive rules. Mainly, they use the pari-mutuel style of betting, and this means that odds are dictated immediately before the race by an independent third party that is associated with the racetrack. Once the odds are released, bettors are welcome to place a bet on a horse they think will win.

Who is the authority on the odds for the Kentucky Derby?

The main person of interest that all Kentucky Derby bettors should be aware of is named Mike Battaglia. It is up to him to release the official odds and start the Kentucky Derby betting process. Naturally, he cannot release his methods of evaluation, but he does regularly give his opinion on Kentucky Derby horses to the press.

Are there different types of horse racing odds?

When you are ready to place a bet on the Kentucky Derby, logging onto an American horse betting website will usually show you the “morning line odds” for the Kentucky Derby. In Europe, they call morning line odds “American Odds” because they do not typically use them overseas. Instead, Europe tends to use decimal or fractional odds instead. If you get confused over what the odds mean and how much money you will get if you win, you can always use an online betting calculator that will decipher it for you.

What is the difference between Kentucky Derby contenders and favorites?

Kentucky Derby terminology definitely takes some getting used to for the amateur horse racing bettor. In order to get your facts straight, a Kentucky Derby contender is a horse that will officially run in the race that year. A favorite is a Kentucky Derby contender that experts predict will likely win the race that year.

What are points standings and how do I use them for betting?

In 2012, Kentucky Derby officials changed the way that the horses were selected for the big race. Instead of adding up all of the money that a horse wins and using that to define which ones will be Kentucky Derby contenders, they switched to a point system. In the weeks before the Kentucky Derby, various websites will highlight the horses that have the most points because they are most likely to be running in the next Kentucky Derby. In general, the point accumulations from the prep race season will be listed on a webpage as “point standings.”

Can you place points spreads or over/under bets for horse racing?

If you frequently bet on other types of sports, the system that is used for horse racing can get you confused. In particular, for betting on the Kentucky Derby, it is only straight odds to win. This is different from football betting where you have the extra benefits of over-under betting and points spreads. However, instead of placing all of your money on one horse, you can split up your investment over the several horses with the exotic wagers (like the Exacta, Trifecta and superfecta) found in the horse gambling world.

When you feel confident about placing a Kentucky Derby bet, our website is here to give you all of the important information you need to make the best choice. Whether it is getting started with setting up your first horse betting account or advice about racebooks, we have all the resources you need.

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 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, 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.

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 and give bettors an opportunity to learn how to place a bet and sign up for a new account.


Five Ways to Bet on the Kentucky Derby

Published On Apr 11, 2013

The Kentucky Derby is primarily about placing bets for money, but it is also a good way to participate in other types of betting events. For example, you can still do your own handicapping without betting for money. You can also throw a party for fans excited about doing their handicapping research to predict a Kentucky Derby winner. Between the two extremes of betting and not betting, there are five ways to place a horse racing bet for the Kentucky Derby 2013.

5. Formal online free games

Kentucky Derby Wagering WinningsEach year you can count on advertisers to invent Kentucky Derby-related games that awards you prizes. Due to the strict gambling laws in the United States, most of these free online Kentucky Derby games do not include cash. Instead, there are prizes that are usually awarded to registered users in a lottery-style system. If you want to tests your handicapping skills, these free online Derby games may not be what you are looking for.

4. Start your own free Kentucky Derby game

No one wants to get accused of being a bookie, but there are several ways to bet on the Kentucky Derby at home with your friends. As long as no money is formally collected, you are welcome to create a competition with your friends about which horse will win the 2013 Kentucky Derby. In fact, many Louisville residents hold these types of parties each year and award prizes to the first place winner. For those party-goers that want to bet for money, most will access an online gambling account that accepts wagers for the Kentucky Derby.

3. Charity fundraising handicapping party

Do you support a charity that is always looking for a good fundraiser? Depending on the city that you live in, you can start your own Kentucky Derby game for charity that awards real cash prizes to amateur handicappers. However, one of the best ways to follow the rules is to keep a Kentucky Derby theme, throw a Derby hat party, and offer a cash raffle for a prize.

2. Placing your bet offline at Churchill Downs

Do you have tickets to the 2013 Kentucky Derby? Naturally, ticket holders will be able to place a bet in person at the Churchill Downs facility the day of the big event. Regardless, betting offline at Churchill Downs may not be the experience you were expecting. In the past, placing a bet meant standing in line to give money to a teller. After you placed a wager, they would give you a betting slip. Today, one of the most common ways to place a bet at Churchill Downs is with the ATM-style wagering machines. This is especially popular with anyone that wants a printed out betting slip as a souvenir. One of the disadvantages to this style of offline betting is not being able to change your bet quickly.

1. Online Kentucky Derby bets are the best option

If you have a smartphone or a laptop, you have all the tools you need to place a Kentucky Derby bet online this year. Although most gamblers will wait until the day of the race, it is best to set up an online betting account in advance. After all, you do a lot of work to figure out which horse is most likely to win. In other words, it would undoubtedly be unfortunate if your credit card had trouble on the day you finally decided to place your Kentucky Derby bet. More often than not, you can avoid this type of stress by opening your account at least a week in advance and placing a test bet on a current horse racing event.

Why Exotic Wagers Are Really For Beginners

Published On Mar 28, 2013

Are you a newcomer to horse racing and think that exotic wagers are for advanced bettors only? Put those ideas aside because there is one bet you can place as a novice gambler that comes with a little bit of insurance. If you think that you are going to be swept away into unknown territory with something called an exotic wager, think again. New bettors can easily use an exotic betting option online or offline to ensure that they do not lose their shirt each time they bet.

One of the best ways to use this bet is for the Kentucky Derby. Along with information about this race’s history and odds, this website can also help new bettors sign up for a new account. In order to make your first successful exotic wager, examine the details below on placing a Trifecta bet for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

New Kentucky Derby rules help beginner Trifecta bettors

The 2013 Kentucky Derby prep race season started on September 22, 2012 with a new set of rules. In the past, no one was sure about which horses had a chance of being in the Kentucky Derby until immediately before the start date. This year, bettors have a better idea of which horses are likely to gather enough prep race points to run in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. To put it simply, this new system of selecting horses will be a lot like the NBA Playoffs tournament brackets. Since Trifecta bets require handicapping a set of horses in advance, the new contender selection system is perfect for beginners to exotic wagers.

Preparing yourself for Kentucky Derby exotic wagers

What happens too often is that no one will place a bet for the entire year until the Kentucky Derby rolls around. Rusty and inexperienced bettors will usually pick one horse that they think will win, and a pile all of their money onto that one horse. Sadly, this is the worst strategy since it increases your chances of losing altogether dramatically. A better idea is to buy some betting insurance by placing an exotic wager instead. To test this theory, place a few practice bets on other races before the Kentucky Derby.

Understanding the Trifecta bet

Let’s say that you are looking at a horse named Mister Prancer to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby. On the other hand, you are not sure if a second horse named Mint Julep Supreme or a third horse named Jerry Neighbors will actually finish the race in first. If you have three horses that you know will come in either first, second, or third place, you should get a ticket that mimics that feeling. This exotic wager ticket is called a Trifecta box bet.

Make sure you get a Trifecta box

Betting on three horses to land in any of three different spots puts you at a total of 9 combinations, (at $2 per combination), and means you must bet at least $18. If you get a Trifecta ticket that costs $6 or less, chances are that you did not get a Trifecta box that has all your bases covered. It might cost more to buy a Trifecta box bet, but keep in mind that the payouts for trifectas versus a win bet are tremendous. The 2012 Kentucky Derby win bet payout for I’ll Have Another was $32.60 versus $1,532 for the Trifecta that included Dullahan and Bodemeister.

Placing your first Trifecta bet online

In order to place a bet online, you will need to set up an account. This only takes a few minutes of your time with the help of the Internet. To cross compare choices online, take a look at our long list of sports book reviews. Once you have your account information in place, you will have a chance to take advantage of any betting promo codes, coupons or bonuses. Within minutes, you will find information about upcoming races and their possible candidates. After placing your practice bets, you will be ready for your biggest bet of the year — the Kentucky Derby.

The best piece of advice is to wait to place your Kentucky Derby Trifecta bet on the day of the race. This way, you have one last chance to watch the horses online during their morning workout. As long as you have your Trifecta bets placed before noon EST on the first Saturday in May, you will have a successful wager positioned to win.