The Kentucky Derby is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting horse races of the year. It’s the finale of the derby season and the culmination of months of hard work from dedicated horse racing enthusiasts and passionate sports fans everywhere.
As great as the Kentucky Derby is, the season isn’t over yet. There’s still a chance for a few more betting odds to come in.
It’s not over till the fat lady sings and the odds start changing, as the saying goes. But what exactly happens at the end of the betting window, and when does betting officially end for the Kentucky Derby?
Last Call For The Kentucky Derby
As exciting as the Kentucky Derby is, there’s always one question racing fans ask themselves after the last horse crosses the finish line and the champagne corks pop:
“Do I still have money left to place a bet on the next race?”
The answer is always no. And it’s not that the bookies are cruel; it’s just that they have to follow the law. In the grand tradition of the ‘Murder’, last call for the Kentucky Derby occurs at the end of the betting window.
From the outset, it’s important to note that there is no such thing as ‘last call’ for bets in sports betting. The term is mostly used in the context of betting on the criminal activities of convicted felons, like in the boxing world. A boxer who wins his 12th bout against all odds and continues to win fights until he finally loses to a rival, will often be labelled a ‘true heavyweight’ because of the sheer number of fights he’s completed. Being the ‘man’ or ‘boy’ of fortune is also known as being ‘over’, and that’s another way of saying you’ve lost all your money. In the world of professional wrestling, a wrestler who spends more than two years in the same ring with the same opponent is said to be ‘over’, and that means he’s ‘been there, done that’ and has nothing left to prove. Being over in pro wrestling is often a fatal flaw if you want to survive in the business.
How The Kentucky Derby Is Different
Believe it or not, the Kentucky Derby isn’t really that similar to other horse races. There are a few similarities, of course: All the horses in the race are thoroughbreds, and they all have to race against one another. More importantly, though, the horses are always running against the clock. That’s what makes the Kentucky Derby so exciting. There’s also a tradition at the Kentucky Derby of wearing fancy dress. So if you’ve ever seen the 1966 film ‘The Mad Dog’ with Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Fonda plays a hit man who wants to win a contest so he can retire and move to Thailand. The contest is to see who can make it to the end of the rainbow first, and our bad boy wants to be the one who paints the last color. If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Charley horses’ with John Wayne and Katharine Ross, you know exactly what we’re talking about. That’s where the ‘Charley’ in Charley horses comes from. And if you’ve ever read the Great Gatsby, you know exactly what we’re talking about.
There are also some significant differences between the Kentucky Derby and other horse races. For starters, there is no set number of starters in the Kentucky Derby. Typically, there are between 10 and 12 horses in a race, with 10 being a nice round number. If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘Easy Rider’, you know exactly what we’re talking about. And that’s a big difference. When you roll the dice and place a wager on the Derby, you have no idea how many horses will be in the race. In fact, there’s always something extra going on that throws off the odds. It’s part of the fun of betting on the Derby. That’s what makes it so exciting.
When Do The Final Results From The Kentucky Derby Race End?
The exciting thing about the Kentucky Derby is that even though the last horse crosses the finish line at the end of the betting window, the race isn’t over yet. The results from the Kentucky Derby won’t be known for some time, as there are often ties (which can happen, especially when there are only a few competitors) and there are also always exceptional circumstances (such as a long rain delay or an injury to a favorite horse). So, even though you may have hit the jackpot at the end of the betting window, you may not know the results for some time.
When the results from the Kentucky Derby are finally tabulated, it usually takes several days. And that’s a good thing, because by then, there will be another race to watch, and another chance at a winning bet. So, while the results of the Derby might be known as soon as it’s over, you won’t want to miss a second of the fun. And that’s the spirit that drives every fan of the Derby. You can bet on the Kentucky Derby all year long, as there is always a chance that a few more bets could still be placed before the end of the year. That’s one of the things that makes the Kentucky Derby so exciting. You could gamble on the race all year round if you want, or you could wait until the end of the year to see if you won or lost. Either way, it’s a rollercoaster ride of a race, and it’s definitely not over till the fat lady sings.