2014 KENTUCKY DERBY BETTING

There are plenty of ways to place a bet but none are exciting as betting on Kentucky Derby 2014. The roar of the crowd, the pounding of the hooves of the track and the excitement of cashing a winning ticket simply cannot be rivalled by any other form of gambling. And there's no more exciting horse race than to bet on Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is more than just a major sporting event - it's a time honored tradition in Louisville, Kentucky that signifies the arrival of spring and ushers in a week of parties, concerts and social activities in addition to the race itself. For serious horse racing enthusiasts the Kentucky Derby has been surpassed by the Breeders' Cup but for casual fans and the mainstream public the 'Run for the Roses' is the biggest and most watched thoroughbred horse race of the year. 2014 Kentucky Derby betting is, quite simply, a part of American popular culture that has been memorialized in books, TV, movies and songs.

THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY 2014:

Kentucky Derby is held annually on the first weekend of May at Louisville's storied Churchill Downs beneath the iconic "Twin Spires". It is a big social event not only in the area but nationwide with people all over the country holding Derby Parties and celebrating the race. The live attendance at the Kentucky Derby surpasses that of any other major stakes race in the United States. It is one of the oldest major races in the sport and is the first leg of horse racing's "Triple Crown". The Kentucky Derby is a competition between the best three year old horses in the sport and is an important 'lifetime goal' for trainers, jockeys and owners of these equine athletes. To bet on Kentucky Derby, there are various options available for bettors.

IT'S BETTER TO BET ON KENTUCKY DERBY 2014:

The Kentucky Derby is all about betting and along with the Super Bowl and March Madness is the most popular wagering event among the general public. We've compiled all of the information and resources you'll need to successfully bet on Kentucky Derby. This includes information on how and where to bet, the basics of horse racing handicapping theory and as the Derby gets closer we'll provide up-to-date information on the race schedule, the top contenders and betting odds. Don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy betting on 2014 Kentucky Derby online and with our comprehensive coverage you'll have all of the information you need to do it successfully and profitably!

LEGENDARY HORSES:

The Kentucky Derby is not only the sport's best known race it's also the biggest stage for the legendary horses that have competed there. Although there have been no shortage of 'upsets' the list of Kentucky Derby contenders includes a 'who's who' of great thoroughbred race horses. Clearly, the most revered are the Kentucky Derby winners who went on to win the Preakness and Belmont and claim the coveted Triple Crown. Only eleven horses have won the Triple Crown and there hasn't been a winner since 1978. Sir Barton (1919) and Gallant Fox (1930) were the first Derby winners to win the Preakness and Belmont followed by Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), and Citation (1948). Secretariat - considered by many the greatest race horse in history - won all three races in 1973 followed by Seattle Slew in 1977 and Affirmed in 1978. Jim Fitzsimmons (Gallant Fox, Omaha) is the only trainer to win more than one Triple Crown while the legendary Eddie Arcaro (Whirlaway, Citation) is the only jockey to accomplish the feat more than once.

BIG LONGSHOTS:

Despite the legacy of great race horses there have been plenty of upsets in the race. The good news for Kentucky Derby betting enthusiasts is that the race has a long history of big longshots pulling off the surprise victory. This not only makes the race very exciting for the spectators but can make it a very lucrative payday for placing Kentucky Derby bets. The first significant longshot to win the Kentucky Derby came all the way back in 1908 when Stone Street cashed at odds near 25-1. And don't think that the longshots are limited to the 'old days'--three of the four biggest long shot winners in history have come in the past 15 years. In 1999 Charismatic won the race at 31-1 odds paying $64.60 to winning bettors and that was just the beginning for the big longshots and massive payouts.

THE BIGGEST PAYOFFS EVER:

Two of the biggest longshots to win the Kentucky Derby - and the biggest paydays for bettors - have come within the past five years. In 2005, Giacomo shifted into another gear late in the race to cross the wire first at odds of 50-1 paying out $102.60 to his 'financial backers'. In 2009 Mine That Bird got a legendary ride from jockey Calvin Borel to win the Kentucky Derby as a 50-1 longshot to pay his backers a whopping $103.20. The biggest longshot in Kentucky Derby betting history, however, came a century ago when Donerail won as a 91-1 longshot paying his backers $184.90! It's clear from the recent history of the race that there has been no better time to bet on the Kentucky Derby than now.