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Tips for Finding the Right Online Sportsbook for Triple Crown Racing

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Updated: .April 18, 2017

By Dave Schwab

This past Saturday’s $1 million dollar Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park marks the end of the 2017 Kentucky Derby prep season and the start of the countdown to annual “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. While the actual 20-horse field for this year’s Kentucky Derby still has to be finalized over the next three weeks, we pretty much know which three-year old thoroughbreds have proven themselves worthy of being called a legitimate contender to go on and win horse racing’s biggest event of the year.

This means that it is time to find the perfect Internet sports betting outlet to get in on all the action. A great starting point is the online sportsbooks where you currently place your sports bets, but it also pays to spend some time looking at what some of the other big online books might be offering for not just the Kentucky Derby, but for the entire Triple Crown racing series which includes the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 20 and the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10.

Along with betting options for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for all three races, some books add any number of betting odds for horse racing futures and props. These are a great way to not only add even more betting action to these three marquee major graded horse racing events, but a way to find some added betting value in the actual numbers.

Betting on horses is a combination of both the science and art of handicapping the field. If you talk to five different horse racing experts, you are likely to get five different opinions on how to successfully win at the track. Any time you are dealing with the unpredictability of animals when it comes to competition, you have to take any number of variables into account. The betting odds on any race do not change from one betting outlet to the next come race day, but you can find some subtle variances when it comes to futures betting odds from one online sportsbook to the next. This is why is does pay to shop around if you are looking to maximize the value in the numbers before the actual morning line odds are posted a few days before any big race.

Some of the early props you can bet on for an event as big as the Kentucky Derby at the top online sportsbooks can be as varied as picking the winning jockey or the winning trainer. You can also bet on specific horses with odds posted against the rest of the field. You can bet on the winning saddle cloth in terms of an odd or even number. The closer you get to the actual day of the race, the bigger the assortment of betting props will be added to the board.

One of the best aspects of the Triple Crown racing season is that one event builds off the other and if you have a horse that wins the first two legs, the action goes through the roof in their attempt to win a highly elusive Triple Crown racing title. Prior to American Pharoah’s dramatic run the 2015 Triple Crown title, you would have to go all the way back to 1978 to find the last time any three-year old accomplished this feat.

Betting the races an online sportsbook that does go all out when it comes to its Triple Crown betting options is probably the next best thing to attending the actual race. The running of the Kentucky Derby passes in a blink of an eye as the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, but with the right online book in the mix, it can also be the most profitable two minutes of betting action.

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