Kentucky Derby Horse Betting at Churchill Downs

2010 Kentucky Derby 136th Winner

May is that time of the year when we’ll begin the qu

est for horse racing’s Holy Grail, so to speak, the Triple Crown. Yep, the first race of three battles is the Kentucky Derby Odds and you just know that we’ll be rooting for whoever wins the first all the way to that one becoming the Triple Crown champion.

Kentucky Derby Purse Structure Result Purse of $2,000,000
Winner $1,240,000 (62%)
Second $400,000 (20%)
Third $200,000 (10%)
Forth $100,000 (5%)
Fifth $60,000 (3%)

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Odds to Win the 2012 Kentucky Derby

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Horse Betting History at Churchill Downs

Throughout the world, horse racing is one of the most well loved and enjoyed sports betting events. The most famous thoroughbred race track in the world, Churchill Downs, is situated in south Louisville, Kentucky. The track is most well known for hosting the annual races of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.

The track attracts thoroughbred horses, their trainers and jockeys from all over North America and the world every year to compete in the most prestigious race for the top three-year-olds. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Churchill Downs Racetrack – Home of the Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs has been open as a race track since 1875 and covers an area of 147 acres. Seating capacity is 51,000, though crowds at the Derby can reach over 165,000 because of standing-room only admission to the paddock and infield. The dirt oval main track, on which the Derby is run, is one mile (1.6 km) in circumference and is 79 to 80 feet (24 m) wide, with a 120-foot (36.5-meter) wide section for the starting gate. A turf track, inside the main track, is 7/8 of a mile (1.4 km) in circumference and 80 feet (24 m) wide.

Churchill Downs race track is recognizable in pictures for its iconic twin spires soaring high above the grandstands. The spires, built in 1895, were designed by architect Joseph Dominic Baldez and have been used throughout the years as the symbol of Churchill Downs race track, as well as the 2012 Kentucky Derby Odds.

Racing at Churchill Downs occurs in two meets. The spring meet starts one week before the Derby and continues until early July. The Kentucky Derby is held the first Saturday in May and the Kentucky Oaks is run on Friday, the day before the Derby. A fall meet picks up in late October and closes Thanksgiving weekend in late November. In 2009, the Horseplayers Association of North America introduced a rating system for 65 Thoroughbred horse racing tracks in North America. The Churchill Downs Race Track was ranked #5 on this list. Bet on Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs race track complex also has a clubhouse, several stables, and hosts the Kentucky Derby Museum. The museum has exhibits on the training and racing of thoroughbred horses, as well as a 360-degree cinema that shows the short film “The Greatest Race,” a documentary about the Kentucky Derby.

With the Kentucky Derby less than a month away, it is time to take a look at this year’s top contenders as we begin to size up whom might have a shot at winning horse racing’s legendary Triple Crown; the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and the Belmont.

2010 Kentucky Derby 136th Winner

2011 Kentucky Derby 137th Winner:

Animal Kingdom. The three-year-old had run on turf and synthetic tracks, but was making his debut on the legendary dirt track in Kentucky, making him a wildcard ahead of the race. And with 20/1 odds, it was clear the handicappers and betting public alike had little faith in the horse that soon beame the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner.

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