The holy grail of sporting events is right around the corner, the Kentucky Derby. This event is not only the holy grail of horse racing, there is simply no other event comparable in sports. The Super Bowl, ok, maybe but it’s not the same. The Kentucky Derby has held a rich tradition in horse racing for the last century and a half! That’s right, the Derby has run consecutively since 1875. No other sporting event that we can think of has this kind of history, not even close.
The Kentucky Derby is the first leg of what is known as the Triple Crown in horse racing and is followed by the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. No other horse racing event has a larger draw of fans than the Derby. Churchill Downs is the famous venue for the Kentucky Derby and is located in Louisville.
If you are an old school horse racing bettor then you know all of these fun facts but if you are new to the game than maybe this information will be found interesting and helpful. It is our plan here at apex horse betting, to keep you informed about the latest happenings in horse racing and the state of the sport in general.
Horse racing is the most bet on sport in the world and there are what’s called OTB’s throughout the country. Although much less popular than they used to be, these are usually small facilities that carry a simulcast of horse racing events all over the world and they offer wagering opportunities to the general public.
Las Vegas has pretty much been the king of horse racing and the king of taking the action, just as with all of the major sports in the United States. In the past, Vegas has ruled the roost but not so much anymore. The offshore bookmakers have made it a point to offer horse books along with their sports book. The demand is high and the profit margins are good for the bookies.
The Preakness Stakes along with the Belmont are very popular horse racing events in their own right and the gambling draw is huge. Sports books worldwide take in billions of dollars on the three combined events and the field of fortune seekers continues to grow.
Betting on the horses is an art, of course there is luck involved just as with any sporting event, a little bit of luck can go a very long way. It is no different with horses but the marked difference in the gamblers themselves it the level of commitment to handicapping the sport.
Take a look at the early 2018 Kentucky Derby odds:
Magnum Moon +800
Bolt d’Oro +900
Good Magic +1100
Vino Rosso +1600
Noble Indy +2000
My Boy Jack +2500
Promises Fulfilled +3300
Free Drop Billy +3300
Restoring Hope +4000
Firenze Fire +4000
Lone Sailor +4000
Snapper Sinclair +5000
Dream Baby Dream +6600
Be sure to check with your bookie of choice for all of the latest odds and any updates that may take place before the Kentucky Derby goes off and check back with us for more detailed ways to bet on horses and all the currents odds for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.