Another Kentucky Derby week is here, which means it’s time to start checking the early odds on the potential contenders to start thinking about who to bet on. Post position draw is conducted today Wednesday, May 3. A few things to consider before you bet:
No horse has won from the No. 1 post in nearly 30 years, and it’s been a decade longer since a start from the No. 2 stall has produced a winner at the Kentucky Derby.
No horse has won the derby starting from the No. 17 stall.
The lucky No. 13 stall has produced the most winners (5) over the last three decades.
Since 1908, the favorite has won nearly a third of the time.
If the early odds are any indication, the 2017 Kentucky Derby promises to be a good one.
Oddsmakers haven’t settled on a single favorite for the 143rd running of the Derby, which will be held Saturday at about 7:05 p.m. ET.
Last year’s winner, Nyquist, took off as a 2–1 favorite. Nyquist went on to finish third in the Preakness Stakes and was pulled out of the Belmont due to illness.
Nyquist won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile as a two-year-old in 2015 and the winner of last year’s Juvenile is among the favorites for this years race.
Here’s some news you can use to hopefully win money.
Don’t look too far down the odds list for a winner
Favorites have won about 30 percent of the 142 runnings of the Derby. Even if the odds are lower than those for other horses, you’ll still win a nice sum. But that long-shot you like? There’s a place for it in your wagers, so stay tuned.
Look hard at the horses and their jockeys right before the race
If you’ve watched the Derby or other Triple Crown horse races, you know the thoroughbreds have to parade through the track to get to the starting gate.
Look for a horse that looks happy, some horses like to act up and have a mind of their own. If a horse acts out, he’ll use energy. You don’t want to see them burn energy. That means they’re ready to run right now, but the first time you see them on the track, they have 10 to 12 minutes before the race.
Keep an eye on horses who are walking in a relaxed manner and whose ears are pricked. That’s a horse saving some energy for the race. If you see a jockey standing up, it’s possible he’s trying to calm the throughbred down.
Wait until the last minute to make your bet If there’s a horse you like whose odds might get longer as the day goes on, there’s a chance you’ll get optimal value on your bet. Sign up at Heritagesports