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    2014 Kentucky Derby

    The first Saturday in May is right around the corner and it’s almost time to smell the sweet scent of roses. That means that the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby is nearly upon us. The entire sports betting world will focus in on Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 3rd when up to 20 contenders compete in one of the most prestigious horse races of our generation.

    Three-year-old thoroughbreds from all over take part in the Kentucky Derby but to get there, they have to qualify through a number of prep races. The qualifying races started as early as September 2013 and as horses participate and place in the top-four, they earn points. The horses who are Top 20 in points through qualifying will earn an invite to the starting gates at Churchill Downs. It’s important to keep an eye on what’s happening in these prep races as this is the best evidence to help guide you in betting the Kentucky Derby.

    Now we’re in the second leg of the Championship Series and the action is unfolding. Last Saturday at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, England-based Toast of New York took out the UAE Derby. Asmar (IRE) came in second, Emirates Flyer in third and Giovanni Boldini in a disappointing fourth place despite having been the race favorite. With this win, Toast of New York secured his spot in the starting gate this May.

    As we progress through the second leg of the Championship Series, the action will intensify, starting with the Wood Memorial Stakes and Santa Anita Derby on April 5. With more points to be earned but fewer races left to run, we’ll just have to wait to see which thoroughbreds make their way up the ranks to form the final top 20 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out our list of derby contenders for a better idea of who you can expect to see at Churchill Downs this spring.

     

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