Your style, party and betting guide to the Kentucky Derby
The Kentucky Derby is known as the most exciting two minutes in sports, but only if you win. And by winning we mean looking good, drinking well and, you know, raking in the ducats. Your guide, below.
Know the Odds
Seventeen of the horses will have double-digit odds. Two horses that have a good chance to run well: Normandy Invasion, 12-1, and Goldencents, 15-1.
Bet Across the Board
A straight bet (win, place or show) is $2. So a $2 across-the-board bet on any one horse is $6. To build a betting bankroll, pool your money with friends. You can add more long shots while spreading the risk.
Vet the Ponies
If a horse finished 1st or 2nd in a Grade 1 final prep race (which means they ran very well) but still has high odds, he’s a smart long shot bet.
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