To begin with there are certain sporting events that captivate the most casual of fans. As an example, even non soccer fans will line up to bet on the World Cup. At the same time the Super Bowl will draw gambling action from fans that don’t even understand the rules of American Football. Extending that dynamic is Kentucky Derby betting. Millions of fans will only watch one horse race each year. And that race is the Kentucky Derby from under the twin spires of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
History and Tradition
To begin with the Kentucky Derby has a history and tradition that is unsurpassed in all of horse racing. As a matter of fact, those traits may top any other event in any other sport. Much of the draw for Kentucky Derby betting comes down to that history and tradition. Accordingly, the “Run for the Roses” is justifiably known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.”
At the beginning is the venue itself. Churchill Downs is the most iconic horse race track in the world. Further, rituals such as the singing of “My Old Kentucky Home” as the horses take the track add to the mystique. The blanket of roses placed on the winning horse caps off one of the most perfect sporting events on the globe.
First Leg of the Triple Crown
To be exact the 2019 Kentucky Derby will take place on May 4. The date has long been circled on sportsbook calendars throughout the world. At first, it is important to remember that the Kentucky Derby is the first leg of the Triple Crown racing season. To differentiate the winner of the Derby becomes the hottest name in sports. That is because the Derby champion will move on to the Preakness Stakes two weeks later with a shot at immortality. Justify turned the trick last year becoming just the second horse since 1978 to win horse racing’s ultimate prize.
Horse, Jockey, and Trainer
More emphatically a win at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes sets up the Triple Crown shot at the Belmont Stakes. However, a horse can only win the Triple Crown by first winning the Kentucky Derby. Most important of all is that the Derby is the most coveted win for any horse, jockey, and trainer.
War of Will
Concurrently War of Will is a current Kentucky Derby Betting favorite. Following a disappointing fifth place finish in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf last November, War of Will has won his last three races. Furthermore, the February 16 win in the Grade II Risen Star served to catch the attention of handicappers.
Code of Honor
Yet another top favorite for the 2019 Blanket of Roses is Code of Honor. Garnering the attention of gamblers was an impressive Grade II March 2 win at the Xpressbet Foundation of Youth Stakes.
Haikal is another favored contender for the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Owing to a win in the Grade III Gotham Stakes on March 9 has Haikal emerged as a betting favorite for Derby Day.
Starting with a total of five career starts has Tacitus emerged as one of the most experienced horses for the Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. Last time out for Tacitus was a win in the Grade II Lambholm South Tampa Derby. In spite of some poor runs before that Tacitus is now in the top tier of favorites for the Run for the Roses!