Betting the Kentucky Derby has long been known as one the most exciting two minutes in sports. It is truly a race for everyone to enjoy. As the most significant and popular race to mainstream horse racing fans, the Kentucky Derby is known as “The Run for the Roses”.

As the first stage of the American Horse Racing Triple Crown, the Derby takes place annually during the first week of May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Generally the Kentucky Derby attracts the greatest horses on the planet however the real attraction is the social atmosphere, a legendary party atmosphere and the historic setting.

The Kentucky Derby may not be the richest race in the world however it is still the the most popular in terms of pop culture and the mainstream public. Due to it’s mass popularity, not only do the punters and horse racing fanatics place bets but so does the general public.

The most commonly known horse racing event on earth dates back to 1875 when Col. Mariwether Lewis Clark traveled to Europe and was envious of England’s Epsom Derby which at the time was the most popular horse race on earth. When he returned to his home town of Louisville, Kentucky, Clark founded the Louisville Jockey Club and with the help of a land donation from his relatives, John and Henry Churchill, he began his quest to create a true world class horse racing facility that could host his dream race.

Bet on the Kentucky Derby Online

There are so many ways to bet on the Kentucky Derby and the fastest, most efficient way is to do so from your computer. Gone are the days where you have to be on site to make a wager or even at a traditional betting parlor. You can bet regular win, place, show bets or get a little fancier with exotics. You can even bet on whether the winner of the Kentucky Derby will go on to win the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, the winning saddle cloth number and Horse vs Horse match races bets… just to name a few!

The key is, if you want to be in the game, you have to play and why not play from the comfort of your own home (or office.)

Where to make your Derby Bets:

Of course, everyone would like to make the trip to Louisville, Kentucky, smell the sweet red roses and watch your favorite horse gallop to victory as you view it all from the Balcony at Churchill Downs. But, if you aren’t making the trip this year, try any these Off-track betting options, online…

Grade II Churchill Downs $250,000-added, seven furlongs, 4-year-olds and up
Grade III La Troienne $150,000-added, seven furlongs, 3-year-old fillies
Grade III Distaff Turf Mile $150,000-added, one mile, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Distaff $300,000 added, seven furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up
Grade I Turf Classic $500,000-added, 1 1/8 mile, 3-year-olds and up
Grade I Kentucky Derby $2,000,000-guaranteed, 1 1/4 mile, 3-year-olds