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Kentucky Derby Horse Betting at Sports Gambling

Horse betting for many gamblers doesn’t even begin until the Kentucky Derby is held in early May.

A great many gamblers don’t look at horse betting until the Kentucky Derby and they only bet the Triple Crown races and the Breeders’ Cup.  What makes the Kentucky Derby such a great horse betting race and how can you make money on the race? Horse betting on the Kentucky Derby is exciting because it is the start of the Triple Crown.

Back in the late 1800s three different horse racing tracks were created to test three year old horses. These races were the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

The first time all three races were held in the same year was in 1875. Only 11 horses have managed to win the Triple Crown and that shows just how difficult it is and why the Kentucky Derby gets everyone excited for horse betting. Your first horse betting tip to remember about the Kentucky Derby is that the favorite rarely wins.

Only horses up to the age of three are allowed to compete for Triple Crown races and that makes them very unpredictable, which is why favorites have fared so poorly in horse betting in the Kentucky Derby.  The Derby is held on the first Saturday in May each year and people around the world really focus on the race.

There will be people that don’t bet another race all year that will get involved in horse betting on the Kentucky Derby.  That is the appeal that race has to the public.  Since we know that the favorite rarely wins in Kentucky Derby horse betting that leads us to other horses.  Our horse betting handicapping should start with stamina.

The Derby is a mile and a quarter and that means the horse we want to use in our horse racing betting must be able to go the distance.  Many handicappers look at the dosage profile of the horse to see if the breeding indicates stamina.

This gets to be even more important in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont, since that race is brutally long and stamina is a must.  It is also important in the Kentucky Derby though since many horses fade in the stretch.

As you consider Kentucky Derby horse betting, remember to look for longshots and to seriously downgrade the favorite based on the past history of the race

YEAR
WINNER
JOCKEY
TIME
2007
Street Sense
Calvin Borel
2:02.17
2006
Barbaro
Edgar Prado
2:01.36
2005
Giacomo
M. Smith
2:02.75
2004
Smarty Jones
S. Elliott
2:04.06
2003
Funny Cide
J. Santos
2:01.19
2002
War Emblem
V. Espinoza
2:01.13
2001
Monarchos
J. Chavez
1:59.97
2000
Fusaichi Pegasus
K. Desormeaux
2:01.12
1999
Charismatic
C. Antley
2:03 1/5
1998
Real Quiet
K. Desormeaux
2:02 1/5
1997
Silver Charm
G. Stevens
2:02.44
1996
Grindstone
J. Bailey
2:01
1995
Thunder Gulch
G. Stevens
2:01 1/5
1994
Go For Gin
C. McCarron
2:03 3/5
1993
Sea Hero
J. Bailey
2:02 2/5
1992
Lil E. Tee
P. Day
2:03
1991
Strike The Gold
C. Antley
2:03
1990
Unbridled
C. Perret
2:02
1989
Sunday Silence
P. Valenzuela
2:05
1988
Winning Colors (f)
G. Stevens
2:02 1/5
1987
Alysheba
C. McCarron
2:03 2/5
1986
Ferdinand
W. Shoemaker
2:02 4/5
1985
Spend A Buck
A. Cordero, Jr.
2:00 1/5
1984
Swale
L. Pincay, Jr.
2:02 2/5
1983
Sunny's Halo
E. Delahoussaye
2:02 1/5
1982
Gato Del Sol
E. Delahoussaye
2:02 2/5
1981
Pleasant Colony
J. Velasquez
2:02
1980
Genuine Risk (f)
J. Vasquez
2:02
1979
Spectacular Bid
R. Franklin
2:02 2/5
1978
Affirmed (T)
S. Cauthen
2:01 1/5
1977
Seattle Slew (T)
J. Cruguet
2:02 1/5
1976
Bold Forbes
A. Cordero, Jr.
2:01 3/5
1975
Foolish Pleasure
J. Vasquez
2:02
1974
Cannonade
A. Cordero, Jr.
2:04
1973
Secretariat (T)
R. Turcotte
1:59 2/5
1972
Riva Ridge
R. Turcotte
2:01 4/5
1971
Canonero II
G. Avila
2:03 1/5
1970
Dust Commander
M. Manganello
2:03 2/5
1969
Majestic Prince
B. Hartack
2:01 4/5
1968
Forward Pass
I. Valenzuela
2:01 4/5
1967
Proud Clarion
B. Ussery
2:00 3/5
1966
Kauai King
D. Brumfield
2:02
1965
Lucky Debonair
W. Shoemaker
2:01 1/5
1964
Northern Dancer
B. Hartack
2:00
1963
Chateaugay
B. Baeza
2:01 4/5
1962
Decidedly
B. Hartack
2:00 2/5
1961
Carry Back
J. Sellers
2:04
1960
Venetian Way
B. Hartack
2:02 2/5
1959
Tomy Lee
W. Shoemaker
2:02 1/5
1958
Tim Tam
I. Valenzuela
2:05
1957
Iron Leige
B. Hartack
2:02 1/5
1956
Needles
D. Erb
2:03 2/5
1955
Swaps
W. Shoemaker
2:01 4/5
1954
Determine
R. York
2:03
1953
Dark Star
H. Moreno
2:02
1952
Hill Gail
E. Arcaro
2:01 3/5
1951
Count Turf
C. McCreary
2:02 3/5
1950
Middleground
W. Boland
2:01 3/5
1949
Ponder
S. Brooks
2:04 1/5
1948
Citation (T)
E. Arcaro
2:05 2/5
1947
Jet Pilot
E. Guerin
2:06 4/5
1946
Assault (T)
W. Mehrtens
2:06 3/5
1945
Hoop Jr.
E. Arcaro
2:07
1944
Pensive
C. McCreary
2:04 1/5
1943
Count Fleet (T)
J. Longden
2:04
1942
Shut Out
W. Wright
2:04 2/5
1941
Whirlaway (T)
E. Arcaro
2:01 2/5
1940
Gallahadion
C. Bierman
2:05
1939
Johnstown
J. Stout
2:03 2/5
1938
Lawrin
E. Arcaro
2:04 4/5
1937
War Admiral (T)
C. Kurtsinger
2:03 1/5
1936
Bold Venture
I. Hanford
2:03 3/5
1935
Omaha (T)
W. Saunders
2:05
1934
Cavalcade
M. Garner
2:04
1933
Brokers Tip
D. Meade
2:06 4/5
1932
Burgoo King
E. James
2:05 1/5
1931
Twenty Grand
C. Kurtsinger
2:01 4/5
1930
Gallant Fox (T)
E. Sande
2:07 3/5
1929
Clyde Van Dusen
I. McAtee
2:10 4/5
1928
Reigh Count
C. Lang
2:10 2/5
1927
Whiskery
I. McAtee
2:06
1926
Bubbling Over
A. Johnson
2:03 4/5
1925
Flying Ebony
E. Sande
2:07 3/5
1924
Black Gold
J.D. Mooney
2:05 1/5
1923
Zev
E. Sande
2:05 2/5
1922
Morvich
A. Johnson
2:04 3/5
1921
Behave Yourself
C. Thompson
2:04 1/5
1920
Paul Jones
T. Rice
2:09
1919
Sir Barton (T)
J. Loftus
2:09 4/5
1918
Exterminator
W. Knapp
2:10 4/5
1917
Omar Khayham
C. Borel
2:04 3/5
1916
George Smith
J. Loftus
2:04
1915
Regret (f)
J. Notter
2:05 2/5
1914
Old Rosebud
J. McCabe
2:03 2/5
1913
Donerail
R. Goose
2:04 4/5
1912
WorTD
C.H. Shilling
2:09 2/5
1911
Meridian
G. Archibald
2:05
1910
Donau
F. Herbert
2:06 2/5
1909
Wintergreen
V. Powers
2:08 1/5
1908
Stone Street
A. Pickens
2:15 1/5
1907
Pink Star
A. Minder
2:12 3/5
1906
Sir Huon
R. Troxler
2:08 4/5
1905
Agile
J. Martin
2:10 3/4
1904
Elwood
F. Prior
2:08 1/2
1903
Judge Himes
H. Booker
2:09
1902
Alan-a-Dale
J. Winkfield
2:08 3/4
1901
His Eminence
J. Winkfield
2:07 3/4
1900
Lieut. Gibson
J. Boland
2:06 1/4
1899
Manuel
F. Taral
2:12
1898
Plaudit
W. Simms
2:09
1897
Typhoon II
F. Garner
2:12 1/2
1896
Ben Brush
W. Simms
2:07 3/4
1895
Halma
J. Perkins
2:37 1/2
1894
Chant
F. Goodale
2:41
1893
Lookout
E. Kunze
2:39 1/4
1892
Azra
A. Clayton
2:41 1/2
1891
Kingman
I. Murphy
2:52 1/4
1890
Riley
I. Murphy
2:45
1889
Spokane
T. Kiley
2:34 1/2
1888
Macbeth II
G. Covington
2:38 1/4
1887
Montrose
I. Lewis
2:39 1/4
1886
Ben Ali
P. Duffy
2:36 1/2
1885
Joe Cotton
E. Henderson
2:37 1/4
1884
Buchanan
I. Murphy
2:40 1/4
1883
Leonatus
W. Donohue
2:43
1882
Apollo
B. Hurd
2:40 1/4
1881
Hindoo
J. McLaughlin
2:40
1880
Fonso
G. Lewis
2:37 1/2
1879
Lord Murphy
C. Shauer
2:37
1878
Day Star
J. Carter
2:37 1/4
1877
Baden-Baden
W. Walker
2:38
1876
Vagrant
B. Swim
2:38 1/4
1875
Aristides
O. Lewis
2:37 3/4