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Where to Bet the 2018 Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is the most popular betting race in the United States – not surprising given that it’s the one horse race nearly everyone can name.

Learn about the numerous opportunities for fans to support their favorite horse(s) in the Kentucky Derby below!

Accessing our betting options with our free registration is where you will want to get started. By signing-up, you gain access to our race replays, handicapping products and most importantly; the ability to participate in our betting, promos and bonuses!

For people who have never bet on a horse, it may seem too daunting to make a wager, especially with 20 horses likely to start.
But it’s a fun way to have a little extra interest in the country’s most iconic horse race.

For people wanting to start early, the Kentucky Derby Future Wager is a good option. The bet is open during four different periods– usually in November, February, March, and April – as the prep races are being run. The KDFW itself is pari-mutuel, with Win and Exacta options offered. Fields for each installment of the KDFW are selected by a panel of racing experts and handicappers.

The final field for the Derby is set and the starting gate post position draw is completed on Wed. prior to Derby, and early betting opens two days later.

Numerous wagering options are available:

Win: Bet on the horse you think you will win the Kentucky Derby.

Place: This bet gets you a return if your selection finishes first or second.

Show: Betting that your horse will finish first, second, or third.

Exacta: Predict the first two horses in the correct order.

Trifecta: Predict the first three horses in the correct order.

Superfecta: Predict the first four horses in the correct order.

Super High Five: Predict the first five horses in the correct order.

Special bets include a double on the Kentucky Oaks (May 5) and the Derby (May 6), where players try to predict the winner of both races.

There will be a couple of betting contests taking place for players looking for more indepth action over the Derby carnival as well:

Kentucky Derby Betting Championship: Contestants put up $12,000, and have a pool of $8,000 to invest on Oaks day and Derby day. The winner gets a $100,000-plus prize.

Kentucky Derby Dream Bet: Timothy Steadman, the winner of a betting contest held on races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, will have a $10,000 win bet on the Derby courtesy of TwinSpires.com.

After the Kentucky Derby field is drawn on the Wednesday before the race, fans will have less than 48 hours to wait before wagering on the race is available at racetracks, simulcast centers, and on Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW) platforms, including TwinSpires.com, the official wagering site of the Kentucky Derby.

The Kentucky Derby is America’s most wagered-on horse race and presents numerous opportunities for life-changing scores. In addition to the traditional “straight” wagers (Win, Place, Show), fans can also attempt to cash big in the various “exotic” pools.  Exacta (first two), Trifecta (first three), Superfecta (first four), and Super High Five (first five) wagering are all offered, and cashing a ticket in any of these pools is a cause to brag as a maximum field of 20 makes the Derby a difficult handicapping puzzle.

TwinSpires.com makes it easy, and fun, to get a little extra excitement out of America’s greatest race. Good luck!

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