How to bet (legally) on the Kentucky Derby

How to bet (legally) on the Kentucky Derby

How to bet (legally) on the Kentucky Derby

Those horses also did not run their best in the Blue Grass Stakes, finishing third and second. Pletcher is seeking his second Derby win from the trio of Always Dreaming, Tapwrit and Patch.

In the rich get richer category, 4-1 morning line favorite Classic Empire probably gets a boost if the track is wet. The Derby has been run over a sloppy or muddy track 14 times, most recently in 2013. The win in the Arkansas Derby indicates that he is healthy again, but the Derby distance and the upgrade in competition could be issues.

Doug O'Neill, who trained last year's victor Nyquist, is back with Irap.

"The game plan was to stay dry", Cody Brown said. "He doesn't have any experience on it, but there's nothing about the horse that tells me he wouldn't love it". There are no proven horses like eventual Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, or even a California Chrome who won both the Derby and Preakness three years ago. Curlin also sired the slop-loving Exaggerator. "As I've said to people before, horseracing is, in effect, a complex, outdoor studio show". "His daddy handled it. He gallops on it very well". He won the first two races he ran in past year (both at Churchill Downs) before throwing his rider at the start of Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga in September.

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When the latter won the 2009 Oaks by an implausible 20 1/4 lengths, Dan Liebman wrote in the Blood-Horse, "Those who believe Rachel Alexandra could have won the Kentucky Derby had she been entered now have evidence to back up their belief". A few other one-eyed horses have run in the race over the years, including Pollard's Vision in 2004 and Cassaleria in 1982.

This year, a special horse racing in the Kentucky Derby has captured the public's attention for a different reason: Patch is missing his left eye.

A sloppy track can make it hard to predict how the 3-year-old colts will handle the 1 1/4-mile distance.

Calumet Farm will have three entrants in the Kentucky Derby this year: Hence, Patch and Sonneteer. The only Kentucky Derby victor with no 2-year-old starts was Apollo in 1882.

A versatility of running styles is a good quality for the Kentucky Derby and its 20-horse field. The stable is winless in nine previous Derby attempts. The silks were sold to a Brazilian investment group in 1992 after the farm filed for bankruptcy.

Favorites have won the Derby the past four years, the longest such streak since the 1970s.

It is not uncommon for racehorses to wear blinders, sometimes called blinkers. "What I try to do is not talk to the horse player or gambler, but to the novice - give enough information for the layman to understand exactly what I'm looking at, what the pros are looking at and maybe what they want to look at". The eye could not be saved and Patch has soldiered on with a hole where it used to be.

Winning Owner: Over a course of 27 years, Calumet Farm had a total of eight Derby wins (1941, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1957, 1958).

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