How to bet (legally) on the Kentucky Derby

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"I feel like every year, it gets larger and larger, the crowd, the meaning of it", said Madison Callery, 21, a native Louisvillian and a junior at the University of Louisville helping to sell hats at a store that popped up this week downtown at the elegant Seelbach Hotel. Had he run better in the Fountain of Youth, he'd be the clear favorite on Saturday, yet with that blemish on his otherwise ideal record his backers could get a generous 5-to-1 odds on him in the win pool.

Baffert, 64, the trainer of four Kentucky Derby winners including 2015 triple crown victor American Pharoah, does not have a runner this year. Even though online horse betting is sanctioned on a federal level, individual state regulations about online gambling make placing your bets something of a murky legal territory.

They head back to the barn together, with Napravnik in the saddle and Sharp walking alongside the horse.

Classic Empire restored Casse's confidence in him by delivering a half-length victory in the Arkansas Derby in mid-April. "With the average horse you couldn't do what we have done". He's undefeated in all three starts this year - I predict you can make that four and that the Brooklyn Boyz will be dreaming of a Triple Crown after winning on Saturday. He was the first Triple Crown victor in 37 years. From the barn of trainer Doug O'Neill, a sharpie who has won the Derby twice with Nyquist previous year and I'll Have Another in 2012. Not only did he finish second in the Florida Derby, he was also second in the Tampa Bay Derby.

"We had the silks special made this year in Mason County Royal colors", she said. Tapwrit; 3. Classic Empire.

It has not appeared to hinder him yet, as he was the runner-up in the Louisiana Derby this year. Todd's horse has brilliance, Always Dreaming.

"We're OK with it", said his trainer Todd Pletcher, who has sent out more than 4,200 winners, trained 10 Eclipse Award winners and had a Kentucky Derby victor in Super Saver in 2010. He is winless in 15 tries, the only hole in his Hall of Fame resume."The Kentucky Derby would look really good to add to the list", he said.Don't look for four-time victor Bob Baffert. The last of five winners from there was Triple Crown champion American Pharoah two years ago. Horse racing may still be known as the sport of kings, but it's not almost as popular as it once was. Downgrade Always Dreaming, Hence and Gunnevera for the same reason.

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Saeed has sent seven of nine Godolphin contenders to the Derby but says he has "been waiting for this moment for a long time". Irish War Cry (6-1) won the Wood Memorial with an impressive early attack on a fast pace, and is the only horse with two 100-plus Beyer speed figures. "What I try to do is not talk to the horse player or gambler, but to the novice - give enough information for the layman to understand exactly what I'm looking at, what the pros are looking at and maybe what they want to look at".

"Being in the auxiliary gate keeps you in the clear, keeps you away from the craziness", he said.

It's a bet you have to think about, and calculate your options long before the Oaks post on Friday afternoon.

But when there are 20 horses in the field, the race rarely unfolds without pitfalls and problems for the favorites.

Lookin at Lee's sire, Lookin at Lucky, was the last favorite to break from the first post, but ultimately finished sixth. He was the 6-1 favorite that year but was pinched at the start and got banged against the rail before finishing sixth. I like how jockey Julien Leparoux reunites with this colt, and I think he's definitely capable running his best race.

Patch, whose left eye was removed because of infection, drew the No. 20 post on the far outside.