The 2010 edition of the Kentucky Derby will take place at 6:24 eastern. The 136th running of the race at Churchill Downs has been long awaited by horse racing fans and will mark the beginning of the quest for a Triple Crown for one horse. Which horse will that be though?
Honestly I'm not really sure how the odds structure of horse racing is set up, but if I were to place my bets based on how cool the name of the horse is, they would be ranked as follows: Stately Victor, Dean's Kitten, Lookin At Lucy, and Devil May Care. Luckily, I'm not betting on the race, and I'd like to advise you not to do so either. Why? Well, no reason really. I'm sure the odds of winning, or at least making some money are pretty good. With 20 horses in the race you start with a 5% chance. You can eliminate probably half of them before the race starts with a little knowledge of the horses (which I have none of) and then you can go by, feeling, research, breed and so on to make your bet an educated risk.
But is it worth it? If you lose, you lose. If you win by choosing a favorite do you really stand to gain that much? If you bet on a long shot to win, your payday is potentially high, but the odds are your potential won't be realized and you'll be disappointed.
And now after that rant, what was I originally talking about? I'm not really sure. Horse racing is something I am not quite familiar with, though I can understand its appeal somewhat. At least versus, NASCAR. Once again, the Derby begins at 6:24, and the Oaks starts 5:45.