Kentucky Derby Betting Tips

When it comes to horse racing betting strategy, you can either do a little bit of research like a casual fan, a ton of research like a ‘hard core’ thoroughbred bettor or none at all like a good friend of mine that simply ‘plays the numbers’ like a lottery ticket.

If you want to know about trends and the latest results of the horses in the field, then you might want to check out’s The Handicapper’s Edge newsletter.

If you like to live on the edge, you can make all sorts of numbers wagers like the friend of mine that plays the 4-8 boxed exacta or 1-4-8 boxed trifecta on almost every race because those are his ‘lucky’ numbers.

If you feel like some history is going to go down at this year’s derby, then you can make a wager on jockey Rosie Napravnik who will mount Vicar’s in Trouble as a longshot to become the first female jockey to win the Derby. In essence, there is no right or wrong betting strategy, jut the strategy that you think is right for you.

The 2017 Kentucky Derby will take place on May 6, live from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky with the early races starting at noon and the derby itself getting underway at 6:34 PM ET.

Up to 20 of the best thoroughbreds in the world will square off on the mile and 1/4 track. Classic Empire is the prohibitive favorite with Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry next in line.

If you do NOT understand how horse racing odd work, it’s quite simple. Let’s take Battalion Runner for example. At 16/1 odds, you’ll win $16 for every $1 you wager. Since the minimum horse racing bet is $2, the least amount you would win is $32. If you wager $100 and Battalion Runner pulls off the upset, you’d win a whopping $1,600.

There you have it horse racing newbies, everything you need to know about making your first venture into the exciting world of thoroughbred horse racing wagering. Happy hunting!

Category: Horse Betting