How to Bet the Kentucky Derby
On the first Saturday in May, the biggest horse racing event of the year occurs. It’s the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, and it is an event everyone wants to be a part of. If you can’t make it to the track and want to make a bet, the Racebook at SportsBetting.ag puts you into the action. Making a wager on the Kentucky Derby is easy.
If you’re new to the game, here’s how to make a wager on our site:
1. On race day, log into the site and click the “Racebook” tab.
2. Look for “Upcoming Races” or “Tracks,” and find “Churchill Downs.”
3. Click on “Churchill Downs,” and the list of the day’s races there will come up. The Derby is one of the last races on the card.
4. When you’ve found the race number, you’ll see a menu of bet types. If you’re unsure about the wagering types, our Racebook has a good explainer.
5. Click on the wager you like. As an example, we’ll use a simple straight wager under “Win/Place/Show.”
6. With this type of bet, you check the box corresponding to the order of finish you predict for the horse. Below is an example of a “Win” bet for a random race.
7. Then you are prompted for the amount you want to wager on your bet.
8. Finally, you’ll see the date, track, race number, your bet amount and bet type, and your horse’s number. Check it, and click on “Confirm.”
NOTE: Keep in mind that the bet you make is according to the morning line odds for the race. The odds you see listed may change before post time. For example, if your pick was listed as 6-1, the odds may go up or down before the race goes off. That means, your pick may end up as, say 8-1, 5-2 or 3-1. The post time – or FINAL - odds will be used for your payoff.
Also, there are options for betting futures and props on the Kentucky Derby. They can be found in the “Futures & Props” section of our main page.
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