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BetAmerica offers the same wagers online that you would play at the track. This includes:
Win, Place, or Show – pick the horse to finish first, second or third
Exacta – pick the horses that finish first and second
Trifecta – pick the horses that finish first, second and third
Superfecta – pick the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth
Daily Double – pick the winners of two consecutive designated races
Pick 3, 4, or 6 – pick the winners of 3, 4, or 6 consecutive races
Betting on the Derby can be profitable, even with a heavy favorite. In 2014, California Chrome won as the favorite and paid $7 on a simple $2 win bet, but the $2 exacta (California Chrome with second-place finisher Commanding Curve) paid $340!
The best way to find Derby winners is to follow the races that lead up to the main event. The horses who run for the roses on the first Saturday in May earn their spots in the gate by competing in Derby prep races. Each race is worth qualifying points, and the horses with the highest point totals are invited to the Derby. Watching the wagering on the prep races can help you identify the top Derby contenders
derby prep winners
Derby preps are over! Now, with just a few short weeks to the Kentucky Derby, all available points have been distributed and the leaderboard is set. Although we have an idea of the field, things could change.
One thing is certain – after winning the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby last weekend, American Pharoah is a freak and the likely favorite heading into the Derby. After winning the Rebel Stakes by six lengths, he returned against a deeper field of possible contenders to win by eight lengths without being asked to do much.
Why is American Pharoah the likely favorite? Several reasons:
- Last fall, he won the G1 Del Mar Futurity and the G1 Frontrunner. In the Frontrunner, he defeated Texas Red, who came back to demolish the field in the G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile by over six lengths.
- He beat a small field in the Rebel Stakes, but he did so over a sloppy, rainy track – it’s not uncommon to see a little rain on Derby day and if we do, we know he can handle it.
- His romp in the Arkansas Derby showed a new dimension – rather than go to the lead, the Pharoah showed the ability to sit back in the field and rate his speed, and make a sweeping move to pass horses. With as many as 20 horses in the Derby, not everyone gets to be in the front, so sometimes you have to be able to wait to make your move.
- Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times, in 2002, 1998 and 1997. Jockey Victor Espinoza has won twice, including last year aboard California Chrome.
However, American Pharoah isn’t the only deserving horse in the race – stay tuned as we discuss other logical contenders and some interesting longshots!