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5 Essential Kentucky Derby Sites

April 30, 2010
by Sarah Amandolare
Whether you’re planning to travel to the 136th running of the Derby on May 1, need tips for betting on the action on television or want to throw a Kentucky Derby party of your own, these sites can help you do it all.

Going to the Derby

There’s nothing like the sights and sounds of a real live horse race, and the level of excitement in the air at the Derby cannot be replicated at home. If you’re planning to make the trip, use the sites suggested below to make the most of the experience.

The official Web site of the Kentucky Derby has a complete database of statistics and records from past races, and touts yearly winner lists and race charts. If you’re interested in record-setters, this site is for you: it presents bests by horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and breeders. And for horse racing history, consult the site’s articles chronicling how the race got started, and detailing the role of women and African-Americans in the Kentucky Derby.
The Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau directs visitors to local hotels, restaurants and attractions. The site furnishes maps and directions, as well as crucial air travel information, and tips for finding a rental car and using public transport in Louisville. This is also the site to visit to keep up with special, just-added Derby events, such as a brunch and auction led by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

Kentucky Derby Handicapping

Been hedging your bets on the best site for handicapping the Derby? If you’re a seasoned pro at betting on horse racing, or want some pointers from an experienced community of bettors, visit the Daily Racing Form, a popular Web site for strategizing bettors. The site’s comprehensive coverage includes news stories, expert race analysis and “watches” of horses, trainers and races (in the “Tools” section). Membership, available at varying levels and costs, is required to access all of the site’s analysis and handicapping data.

Horse Racing News

Coverage of horse racing in the media tends to pick up around race time, but the news site we’ve found is a reliable source of horse racing happenings year-round.

Equidaily is the single best, most thorough source of horse racing news on the Web, providing links to the top horse racing stories from newspapers around the world. In the weeks and days leading up to the Derby, this site will be teeming with must-read reports for the most die-hard fans of the sport.

Throwing a Kentucky Derby Party at Home

Wide-brimmed hats and refreshing mint juleps are requisite items for a Kentucky Derby get-together. Looking for more ideas for games, invitations and special party themes?

Kentucky Derby Party is a stylish new site created just for this year’s Derby and features contributions by Food Network celebrity chef Bobby Flay. The site has everything necessary to plan a festive gathering at your home, including Derby-inspired games, the scoop on Derby style for women and men (with photos), and specially selected recipes and cocktail ideas. Register with Kentucky Derby Party to have access to free online party invitations and community online games, and to receive entertaining tips, recipes and information on Derby race day contenders. The site also sells apparel, décor and party supplies.

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