They call it the Sport of Kings.
There’s even a horse racing scene in Disney’s Classic Mary Poppins.
Thoroughbred racing has seen better days.
Less quality horses combined with too many Racinos means lots of races with very few ponies.
On the 1st Saturday in May it’s get a little better.
Today’s Churchill Downs’ Pick 4 that ends in Race 12 includes four races all with double digit entries and over $3 Million in purses.
Finding winners in fields that large with so many great horses is what makes horse racing just as fun as sports betting.
Hard to find a lot of sports betting opportunities to get 85-1 on your money.
That happens every year on Derby Day!
It takes a lot of effort to pick the winner in “the greatest 2 minutes in sports”.
Taking into account the Past Performances, quality of the races, best times for various distances, breeding, jockey, trainer…it’s hard to narrow down who you’ll be covering at the window.
Many years it’s impossible to throw out almost half the field.
A few years back they added Beyers figures to the equation so now there’s another variable involved. (Thanks Andy)
Ten years of Data means the Kentucky Derby gets treated a little like sports betting in an effort to find any trends that’ll take away some of that house advantage.
You would think if it worked for previous Derbies it could easily work again and it has.
Seems like a couple of things jump out when you’re discussing babies that are trying to run further than they ever have before.
Trifecta & Superfecta Boxes with those runners that have Won or Placed the most in Grade 1 & 2 races combined with the horses that have the fastest times for their previous long distance of 1 1/8 mile have pretty good results.
This means a little more “investment” than you would normally bring to the book but that’s what it takes to have a “day changing” cash.