How to Bet the Kentucky Derby: A Beginner’s Guide

Good luck racing fans!

Like all sports, horse racing has its own language that can be confusing to casual watchers. Here’s a quick guide:

Exacta: You pick the two horses you think will come in first and second, in that order.

Trifecta: Pick the three horses you think will come in first, second, and third – in the right order.

Superfecta: You guessed it. Say, “I’ll bet $2 on (horse’s name or number) to win.”

If you’re done with the beginner stage of betting, you can up your odds of winning by doing more complicated bets that yield bigger payouts: exactas, trifectas, and superfectas. Or you can bet that he will “show,” — that is, come in first, second, or third. Conversely, betting on a horse with bad odds will pay out a lot of money if they do win. Horses with lower first number (10 and down) are considered top contenders.

Betting on a horse with good odds will not pay out much money if they win. That number shows what the odds are that the horse will win. Like it’s name implies, the superfecta pays out big bucks if you manage to get it right.

You’ve got your mint julep and your fancy hat ready for the Kentucky Derby, but are you ready to place your bet on the horse you think will win?. If you’re in it for the thrill of victory alone (and not the money), he’s a good bet.

Betting on Your Picks: “I’ll take $2 to win on the four horse, please.”

In horse racing, you need to bet on what place the horse will come in. The words “first, second, and third,” are replaced by “win, place, and show.” If you think your horse is pretty good but not going to come in first, you can bet that he will “place,” — that is, come in first or second. The Kentucky Derby is one and a quarter miles long, longer than any race these horses have run before, so the winner will need stamina.

Odds and Favorites

When you look at a race form there will be a number in parentheses after each horse’s name. If your horse comes in any of those positions, you’ll get money.

If you’re sure you’ve got the winner and you only want to place a simple bet for him to come in first, go ahead and bet your money that way. Therefore, betting on him won’t yield a big payout. Give that a good look to see who’s done well recently.

Look for a horse that has won most of his races by a good length. For a superfecta you pick the top four finishers in the right order. It looks something like this: Vicar’s In Trouble (20-1).

Horses with a high first number (like 20-1 or 50-1) are considered unlikely to win the race. What’s a superfecta anyway, and how do you bet one?

Here’s our guide to making sense of the Run for the Roses. Each horse will have a record of recent races he’s run, what place he finished, and how far ahead of the other horses he was. You can place your bet anytime up until about 20 minutes before the race goes off at 6:24 p.m. You’re trying to hit the sweet spot: a horse with okay odds who you think has a shot at winning.

The favorite going into this weekend is California Chrome, with 5-2 odds.

Now it’s off to the races. If you’re not going to be in Louisville for the big day, you can head to your local racetrack or off-track betting outlet and place a bet there.

Picking a Horse

There are 20 horses in the field for the Kentucky Derby, though as of now only 19 will be running Saturday (#11 Hopportunity was “scratched.”) All the horses are 3-year-old male thoroughbreds, which means they’re young horses with lots of talent that is still developing and not a ton of experience.

Many casual bettors will pick a horse based on name or looks, but there are better ways to judge the odds for whether a horse has a shot at winning. A horse that goes into the race with 50-1 odds but comes in first place will pay out the most money to the bettor. He’s dominated all the races he’s run so far and all eyes will be on him. Saturday

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Christophe Clement

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Mike Smith

James Jerkens

30/1

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Joel Rosario

Kiaran McLaughlin

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Richard Mandella

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Tyler Baze

Victor Garcia

15/1

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Hard Aces

Joe Talamo

John Sadler

50/1

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Honor Code

Javier Castellano

Claude McGaughey III

6/1

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American Pharoah

Victor Espinoza

Bob Baffert

6/5

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Kentucky Derby 2016: Hats, horses, odds (and odd names)

Pour over ice, and enjoy the good life. Nyquist (the horse) was purchased by a die-hard Detroit Red Wings fan and named after Gustav Nyquist (the Swedish hockey player). There’s an official Derby recipe, but if you don’t care for exactitude just mix yourself up some sugar, bourbon, water, and crushed mint. The Jockey Club has tight regulations on what kind of names can be used.

Why do they have such weird names, anyway?

Horse naming is a serious business.

The whole shebang will be aired on NBC, with coverage starting at 4 p.m.

Who has the best odds?

The overwhelming favorite to win the race is a horse named Nyquist, a 3-year-old colt from Kentucky.

Is Nyquist by chance named after an active NHL player?

He totally is. is excited to see Nyquist Jr. ET.

Even if you’re nowhere near Kentucky and you know nothing about horse racing, you may still be thinking of tuning in (or even dressing up a little). Which one has the most excellent name?

We’d have to recommend Suddenbreakingnews, for obvious reasons. Plus, once a name is used, it can’t be used again for a long time, if ever. After hundreds of years and thousands upon thousands of horses, it’s no wonder you have to get a little creative. For instance, names can only be 18 characters (including spaces), they can’t have certain artistic or cultural implications and they can’t be named after real people unless the namer gets permission.

I know nothing about horse racing but still want to waste some money by randomly betting on a horse.

How many horses are running?

There are 22 horses running in the Kentucky Derby, each with a name more excellent than the last. As of mid-afternoon Saturday, his odds to win the Derby stood at 2-1.

Well, Kentucky! Specifically, Churchill Downs in Louisville. Nyquist Sr. Post time (the start of the race) is at 6:34 p.m. More than that, wearing an fabulous, obnoxious hat is thought to bring good luck (at least, to you and whatever horse you have the most money on). There’s Mor Spirit and Mo Tom, Danzing Candy and Cherry Wine, Creator and Exaggerator; it’s really a colorful field.

How can I watch it? . Here’s everything you need to know to get that solid Derby experience.

Who won last year?

THAT would be Triple Crown winner and all-around good horse American Pharoah.

Why do ladies wear fancy, view-obstructing hats?

It’s a Southern thing. The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, May 7. ET. perform. You usually have to wait several horse generations to reuse a name, and names that belonged to big winners or Hall of Famers can never be used again at all. American Pharoah won 2015’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, making him the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

Why do I keep hearing about mint juleps and how can I acquire one as soon as possible?

Mint juleps are the traditional drink served at Churchill Downs during the Derby, and they are delicious