Betting on the Kentucky Derby

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The Kentucky Derby: “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports”

“This Kentucky Derby, whatever it is—a race, an emotion, a turbulence, an explosion—is one of the most beautiful and violent and satisfying things I have ever experienced.”
—John Steinbeck

On the first Saturday of May, all eyes turn to Churchill Downs racetrack for the Kentucky Derby, the first jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. This guide prepares you for Kentucky Derby Day, linking to best sources for race history and traditions, race coverage, travel advice and party-throwing tips, as well as where to bet the Kentucky Derby.

History and Traditions of the Kentucky Derby

Held annually since 1875, the Kentucky Derby is rich in history and colorful tradition. This ... read more »

Kentucky Derby News and Handicapping Information

Whether you're an experienced handicapper or a casual fan just trying to learn who's running this ... read more »

Betting on the Kentucky Derby

Find out how and where to bet on the Derby and other races on Saturday.

Insights for Betting on the Kentucky Derby

  • Most racetracks that are open for live racing, and most off-track betting outlets, in the U.S. offer betting on the Kentucky Derby.  The NTRA provides a calendar of racing at all U.S. tracks.
  • The four online wagering providers listed below are the most reliable sites that permit same-day funding of a new account and operate on a national scale. There are other legitimate providers, such as Autotote and ones associated with racetracks, but most do not allow same-day funding of a new account. Be wary of any other operator; they may be located offshore and may not be legally permitted to accept wagers from U.S. residents.
  • Of the four sites listed below, only TwinSpires offer wagering to residents of all 50 states.

Top Sites for Betting on the Kentucky Derby

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Attending the Kentucky Derby

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Throwing a Kentucky Derby Viewing Party

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