With a humongous field and millions of dollars added into the betting pools by passing sports fans, the Kentucky Derby is undeniably America’s biggest and most exciting horse race happening yearly. So what can you do in this mammoth event to win you a bigger bankroll ?
The following are tips you can use:
There is a bunch of information on the web to help you become a better handicapper and wager on Derby Day. There are replays of every major Derby prep, along with workout analysis, pedigree information, etc. to help you with your homework. There is also a wealth of counterproductive information out there, especially opinions of so-called “professionals.” Be sure that if you are going to use their advice on Derby Day, they have a proven history to back them. Press credentials handed out on Derby Week often go to bloggers and writers who only take up an interest in horse racing once yearly. Bear that in mind and rely only on trusted sources.
Plan a strategy.
Know what your budget is and how much you won’t hurt losing. On Derby Day, there will be 13 races, and there is no need to spend all or most of your bets on the Kentucky Derby. There will be big fields and bigger betting opportunities all day. Put a larger portion of your betting bankroll on races that you feel more passionately about, and then less on the others.
Think of value.
Capitalizing on pony bets is essentially about finding overlays, which means value Carefully plan your bets and watch out for odds which seem fair enough. If you gauge a horse’s odds at 5-1 but the tote board says he’s 3-1, don’t wager; instead explore the exotic pools to look for more value and bang for your buck.
Rules are not absolute.
Something we’re sure of in the last decade is that rules are not unbreakable. Truth is, nearly all so-called inviolable Derby rules have been repeatedly, well, violated. Derby winners now come back from five or six-week hiatuses, take on polytrack in their final preps, get managed by virtually unheard of trainers, followed alternative prep schedules and races, and have been slightly raced.
Sit back and enjoy.
Lastly, one thing you have to avoid is being overwhelmed by the race. The only sure thing is that there will be unanticipated twists and turns. Even the most meticulous plan will not give you total control. So keep it easy, keep your wagers intelligent, and have a good time.