Derby Weekend

May 2, 2014
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For all fans of horse racing, this is the weekend!  The Kentucky Derby is a field of 20 horses which is twice as many as the normal race field the rest of the season.  This is why it is a very risky betting race.  With that many horses, a favorite can easily get boxed in and never get to the front.  On the other hand, for the casual bettor, it can be a bonanza because it is not unusual for long shots to come through in this race.  Hopefully, this year the day will be dry and give the horses a chance to show their stuff.

If I were to bet on this race, I would bet on California Chrome to win.  Most experts will tell you this is the best horse in the field.  However, for the reasons I have listed above, it may not get its opportunity to show that ability.  Most race tracks are not designed for 20 horses to be running in the same race.  You might ask why they do so, then.  Every owner and trainer knows that a career is made by winning the Derby, so the people at Churchill Downs give them the opportunity to hit this racing bonanza.

If you get the opportunity to go to the Derby, everyone says it is worth the cost and the hassle that are required to be a part of this event.

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