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Bet Kentucky Derby 131 Horse Race - Betting Odds To Win Kentucky Derby

Date - May 7, 2005

Time – 6:00 Eastern

Race Track – Church Hill Downs

Address/Location: 700 Central Avenue

Louisville, Ky. 40208-1200

(Approximately 4 miles from downtown, 3 miles from Louisville International Airport)

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2005 Kentucky Derby. Saturday, May 7, 2020

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The 131st running of the Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Sat., May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby race takes place each year on the first Saturday in May.

The Kentucky Derby is the first of three races that lead into the all so well known triple crown. The Triple Crown immortality is horse racing's greatest honor. Countless horses have tried and only 11 have succeeded. Horse racing in Kentucky is rich in history, dating back to 1789 when the first race course was laid out in Lexington. However, it was almost 100 years later, in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby". The Kentucky Derby horse race is held on the first Saturday in May every year.

When Betting on 131 Kentucky Derby Horse Race consider following some of these handicapping tips that can be used to aid in placing a Kentucky Derby bets.

Kentucky Derby Thoroughbred Racing Tips & Key Terms:

1. Wager on the favorite.
The favorite is the horse with the lowest odds or the one on which the most money has been wagered. Favorites win approximately one third of the time. This is not necessarily a sound wagering strategy as favorites can pay very little.

2. Purchase a tip sheet or handicapping aid.
These are prepared by professional handicappers and may provide useful wagering selections. They are available for purchase from a couple of our past performance partners.

3. View the horses.
Watch the broadcast signal while the horses are in the paddock and in the Post Parade.

4. Trainers and jockeys.
It's always wise to take into account the human factor. Some trainers do well with 2-year-olds while others are particularly adept with horses shipping in from long distances. Some jockeys seem to ride better on the front end, and others are better known for their come-from-behind style. A good idea is to check the standings, which show the leading trainers and jockeys at the meeting.

5. Changes in equipment.
Blinkers are used on horses to limit their vision and to prevent them from swerving from objects or other horses. It's worth noting changes in blinkers - a horse wearing them for the first time (or for the first time in a number of starts) or racing without them for the first time. Mud calks are used for off tracks. Calks, pointed extensions or cleats on a horseshoe, are designed to prevent a horse from slipping. Certain other equipment worn by the horses is noted in the past performances.

6. Trip.
It is important for a bettor to watch his horse during the running of the race and again on the replays after the race to observe what kind of trip he had. Was the horse squeezed back at the start, or carried wide on the turn, or blocked at the quarter pole? A horse who loses a race because of a troubled trip might be a good bet in his next start. Usually trouble encountered by a horse in a race is shown in the past performance lines.

7. Weight.
Weight, the old saying goes, will stop a freight train, so it's especially important to notice when horses are carrying considerably more weight than they did in their last start. Conversely, it's just as significant to watch for horses that are carrying much less weight than they did in their last outing. One theory is that weight plays a bigger role in long races, but another line of reason is that weight is every bit as important in sprints.

8. Condition.
Condition may be the most difficult handicapping factor to master. It is defined as the fitness of a thoroughbred - how prepared he is to run a particular race. The dates of the horse's most recent workouts and races and the probable effects of this activity on his current condition are highly important. If a horse is racing for the first time in a month or so, a steady pattern of workouts is a good indication of fitness. A good time for a workout generally is when a horse covers the distance in 12 seconds or less for each furlong - 36 seconds or less for three furlongs, 48 seconds or less for four furlongs, etc. A "short" horse is one not trained up to the last ounce of his energy and thus not fit enough for the race he's running in. He'll tire, and his stride will shorten before the end of the race.

9. Derby Future Horse Betting.
The Kentucky Derby Future bet is a $2 minimum wager and is a win bet only. It offers racing fans the opportunity to wager on contenders for the Kentucky Derby well in advance of the race at odds that could be better than those they would receive on the day of the race.

Kentucky Derby Horse Racing Glossary Key Terms.

Entry - A horse entered in a race is called an entry. And on rare occasions, two or more horses are said to be "coupled" and run as an "entry," comprising a single wagering unit. A wager on one horse of an entry is a wager on both.

Furlong - One-eighth of a mile or 220 yards. Races are measured in furlongs.

Morning Line - Approximate odds printed in the program and posted before wagering begins. This is a forecast of how the morning linemaker believes wagering will occur In a particular race.

Post position - A horse's position in the starting gate, numbered from the inner rail outward.

Purse - The amount of prize money distributed to the owners of the first five or six finishers in a race (varies by state).

Giacomo pulls a shocker in the 131st Kentucky Derby, rallying on the far outside under jockey Mike Smith to outfinish fellow longshot Closing Argument and Afleet Alex, hitting the wire in 2:02.75. The win by Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss' Giacomo produced the second largest win payoff in Kentucky Derby history, returning a generous $102.60.

Official Kentucky Derby Payoffs

Pgm Horse Win Place Show
10 Giacomo 102.60 45.80 19.80
18 Closing Argument   70.00 24.80
12 Afleet Alex     4.60


Triple crown race 2004 dates and event locations

5/1/2020 - Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs - NBC 5 pm

5/15/2004 - Preakness Stakes - Pimlico - NBC 5 pm

6/5/2020 - Belmont Stakes - Belmont Park - NBC 5:30 pm

10/30/2004 - Breeders Cup -Lone Star Park

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