Who Should You Be Bidding On For Kentucky Derby Betting?

The Kentucky Derby is a prestigious annual horse race that takes place in May. The winning horse will walk away with a nice slice of the multi-billion-dollar American horse racing industry, as well as with an iconic blue and yellow jacket.

The most exciting part of the race is the beginning, when the gates open at 3:00 p.m. The running of the race begins a few hours later, and if you’re at the track by then, you have the whole afternoon and night to witness the excitement of the derby.

It’s a popular flier for residents of Kentucky, who love nothing more than sitting at the races and placing bets. If you’re planning on entering the Kentucky Derby, then you have a great variety of racehorses to choose from, as well as a variety of betting options, making the choice slightly easier. Here’s a short guide to who you should be considering for the 2018 Kentucky Derby:

Classic Or Cross Country

While the majority of the Kentucky Derby entrants are pure racehorses who’ve been entered in the prestigious event for the first time, there is also a group of runners who’ve been preparing for this day for years. These are called “familiar faces,” as they’ve been running in countless similar races over the years and are considered by many to be the best of the best. They’ve been groomed for this moment, and this is their year to show their training paid off. They’re usually entered in the form of a horse-and-rider combination, as they are considered the best of the best and do not want to share their limelight with any other runners.

Cross country is a form of racing where the horses run on a loose, clean course instead of a confined track. It’s not uncommon for these horses to change handlers and training centers in between races, which makes preparing for a cross country race somewhat more difficult. However, the ability to cover more ground makes for greater athletic excitement and a more interesting racing scenario. If you’re looking for a more traditional and classic experience, then a cross country race is probably not for you, as these horses tend to run a bit quicker than their counterparts on a confined track. Still, it’s great to see these great horses run free on a muddy track, and it’s an experience that many people consider to be one of the highlights of their year.

Fireball Or Prince Of Pipes

Another great event to look out for is the Prince Of Pipes Stakes, a 5-1/2 furlong prep race for the Kentucky Derby. The winner of this race often goes on to win the big one, and it’s a great opportunity to get a peek at the caliber of the horses who may end up in the Derby. The race is named after the legendary hound that led its namesake to discover the North American elk population in the 1800s. The lead up to the Prince Of Pipes is exciting, as some of the nation’s best preps come together to see who will be the 2015 Kentucky Derby winner. Fireball is another great option for the Kentucky Derby. Like Prince Of Pipes, Fireball is a great prep for the Derby and has dominated the racing scene for years. If you’ve never heard of Fireball, that’s probably because he’s never won the Derby. He’s had a very successful racing career, winning 19 of his 22 races, including the 1986 Kentucky Derby and the 1988 Preakness Stakes. A famous color scheme for Fireball is yellow and black, and the horse is often seen wearing one of the most recognizable headdresses in racing. Its design has been likened to a ghillie suit on a horse’s head.

Cosmo’s Cafe Or Candy Stripe

If you’re looking for a dark horse to back, then you might want to consider entering one of the lesser known horses who could potentially be the next big thing. Known for her wins in multiple places including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Candy Stripe is the dark horse in the Kentucky Derby. The win in the Breeders’ Cup was particularly sweet as it came in her debut as a 3-year-old after an injury-plagued season. The win in the Sprint came after she’d suffered two other losses that year. She’s currently 1-for-7 in her competitive career, which makes her the perfect choice for a savvy horse punter seeking a longshot. Candy Stripe is owned by the powerful and well-known Thoroughbred racehorse owner/breeder, Candy Flores. Her other horses include stakes-winners Cafe Mom and Cafe Dad, as well as Grade 1 winners Lune Pour Lui (France) and Ora de Lui (Italy). She also owns the famous King Richard II and has had great success with his daughters in the past.


Sometimes it’s not about the favorite, it’s about the one who places the highest. If you want a horse that others think is undervalued, then you might want to consider entering the Gamely Stakes, named after the illustrious Gamely sheep. This is one of the most competitive races of the year, with 15 of the nation’s top-rated 2-year-olds coming together to fight for supremacy. If you’re looking for a competitive race to place a wager on, then the Gamely is the one for you. The runner-up in the Gamely Stakes goes on to the Kentucky Oaks, a 1 1/4 mile classic where he’ll hopefully fare better than his lowly finish in the Gamely Stakes. While the 15 horses in the Gamely are determined by their performances over the past 2 years, the final 3 are chosen by their owner, who wants to ensure they are prepared for the biggest race of the year. The winner of the Gamely will walk away with a nice prize, but the true meaning of the race is in the battle itself.

The choice of horse for the Kentucky Derby is not an easy one. There are many reasons why, but perhaps the most notable is that you’ll have to choose between a classic approach or a cross country one. If you’re looking for an excuse to attend the Kentucky Derby, then these are your best options, as there is a wealth of talent in Kentucky that can provide the experience of a lifetime. Still, it’s not an easy decision, as each horse has its own unique qualities that you have to consider. The best advice is to follow the crowd and go with what they’re doing, as often winning with the popular choice is all about bandwagoning. Always follow the money, as the odds will likely be more favorable if you pick the consensus choice. Still, you’ll be best prepared for the Kentucky Derby if you study the form and travel to the race early to get a good spot. You’ll also want to make sure you’re at the track by 3:00 p.m. as the gates open, so you can get a good look at the action as it happens.