We are near the date of the annual Kentucky Derby, which is held the 1st Saturday of each May, and, if you are interested in horse racing but are still not too knowledgeable about what this grade I stakes race is all about, then read on and see why this is one of the most important and interesting races of this sport.
The race takes place at the famous thoroughbred racetrack Churchill Downs and it is widely recognized as the most popular event in horse racing in the world. The race is comprised of 1 and ¼ miles (or two kilometers), and it is known in the USA as “the two most exciting minutes in sports”.
It is the first event of the Triple Crown, which is a series of races for 3 year old horses that also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, but the Derby has usually been the one that has attracted the most public.
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The event is also known as “The Run for the Roses” because every winner is granted with 554 red roses, which is a tradition with origins in the year of 1883 due to the custom of delivering roses to ladies in the post-Derby party, which transformed in the official gesture that is known nowadays.
Now, when it comes to betting the Kentucky Derby, favorite to win the race, Eskendereya, has been left out of the competition due to a swollen leg, therefore, Lookin at Lucky is now taking his place as the horse with the most possibilities of beating the rest, and the reason for this is because this is a horse that has been trained by Bob Baffert, a man responsible for leading 3 other horses to the victory on the Derby.
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At second place of the favourites to win, we have Sidney’s Candy, a horse that won the Santa Anita race and, considering that it has a better payout value than Lookin at Lucky; it will surely receive a handful of wagers. As third favourite, we have Mission Impazible, a horse that was trained by Todd Pletcher, and that will be ridden by the experienced Rajiv Maragh.
This is going to be the 136th edition of the race, and it will feature the top 20 3-year-old thoroughbreds in the entire planet, which had been chosen from a series of prep races and it has come the time to decide which one of them is going to be crowned king.