We are just a few days away from the “fastest 2 minutes in sports’ when the Kentucky Derby is run at Churchill Downs.
As it should, all attention will be on the 3-year-old thoroughbreds who will take to the dirt as they run for the roses and the first jewel in the Triple Crown.
But there will be some time spent on the other activities at the storied race and track which is hosting one of the biggest parties of the season.
Between the bourbon and mint juleps, the high fashion of fascinators (hats) and bowties and suspenders, and the overall sophisticated soiree in the Churchill Downs Clubhouse vs. the overall spring-break-vibe rowdiness of the infield, the race is a among the most coveted sporting events to attend.
Betting of your fave horse, too, takes centerstage and this year there is a field of some real contenders, even after the scratch of frontrunner Omaha Beach, in Game Winner, Roadster, Tacitus and Improbable.
But thanks to the creativity of oddsmakers on SBR’s top-rated sportsbooks, there are plenty of prop bets beyond who will win that you can lay some action on.
Whether it’s if a certain celebrity is going to attend, to how long it takes to sing “My Ol’ Kentucky Home’ to if a commentator will utter the name of the legendary winner Secretariat, the are any number of ways you can come up a winner at the Derby.
So, down the stretch come the prop bets. These are offered by Bovada:
2019 Kentucky Derby – Winning Horse Saddle Cloth Number
- Even -130
- Odd -110
Our Pick: With the scratch of Omaha Beach, we’re going with trainer Bob Baffert who has Game Winner and Roadster, that will each bump down one in their post positions -to 14 and 15. Our money is going with Game Winner so we’re going with EVEN.
2019 Kentucky Derby – Winning Horse’s Name Will Start With Letter?
- N-Z -165
- A-M +125
Our Pick: For the record, in all the Derbys, 90 horses have had names beginning with letters A-M, with19 starting with the letter “S.’ Fifty-four horses have had names beginning with letters N-Z, with 19 beginning with the letter “S.’ Does this mean anything, probably not. We like A-M this year.
2019 Kentucky Derby – Will The Crowd Attendance Exceed 157,813 Of 2018?
- Yes -250
- No +170
Our Pick: We’re going to say yes, because if we could go, we’d be there!
2019 Kentucky Derby – Will Secretariat’s Record Time Of 159.40 Be Broken?
- No -7500
- Yes +1200
Our Pick: Not a chance … nope.
2019 Kentucky Derby – Who Will The Winning Jockey Mention First After The Race?
- Horse +115
- God +350
- Owner Or Owners +350
- Family +400
- Trainer +400
Our Pick: If he knows better he’ll thank the horse!
2019 Kentucky Derby – Will Any Kardashian Attend The Derby?
- No -140
- Yes EVEN
Rob Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kim Kardashian or Kourtney Kardashian must attend for Yes to be graded the winner. Any Wager Placed on the day of the announcement (Eastern Time) will be settled No Action
Our Pick: Normally, our answer would be does a horse poop in the paddock? Actually, we think a Kardashian showing up is a longshot this year.
2019 Kentucky Derby – What Will Be The Color Of The Winning Horse?
- Bay +220
- Dark Bay +250
- Gray +275
- Chestnut +325
Our Pick: We’re going with Bay or Dark Bay
2019 Kentucky Derby – Predominant Color On Body Of Winning Jockey Silks
- Red And White Mix +175
- Cerise/Pink +185
Our Pick: We like Red and White
2019 Kentucky Derby – How Many Tweets Will Donald Trump Have On The Day Of The Race?
- Over 6 -120
- Under 6 -120
Our Pick: It is President Trump, we’re going OVER 6
2019 Kentucky Derby – How Long Will It Take To Sing My Old Kentucky Home
- Under 100 Seconds -160
- Over 100 Seconds +120
Our Pick: Under .. the shorter the better in our book
2019 Kentucky Derby – How Many Words Will Be In The Name Of The Derby Winner?
- 2 +115
- 1 +120
- 3 Or More +450
Our Pick: Two (2)
2019 Kentucky Derby – How Old Will The Winning Jockey Be?
- 32 Or Less -135
- 33 Or More -105
Our Pick: We’re going with experience .. Older than 33
2019 Kentucky Derby – How Old Will The Winning Trainer Be?
- 66 Or More -260
- 65 Or Less +175
Our Pick: We like experienced trainers too, LOL! We’re going with older than 66.
Will Jennifer Lawrence attend the derby?
- Yes -500
- No +300
Our Pick: Even though her one-year acting sabbatical is allegedly over, this girl loves a party – so we’re leaning toward her being in attendance
Will an NBC announcer mention Secretariat?
- Yes -2500
- No +1000
Our Pick: This is among the easiest pick … how can you not mention Big Red, only one of the greatest horses EVER
Will Thanos (Josh Brolin) attend the Derby?
- Yes +140
- No -180
Our Pick: No, Thanos won’t be there. If you’ve seen “Endgame” you know why. We don’t think Josh Brolin will be there either.
How long will it take to sing the National Anthem?
- Over 1 minute 45 seconds -120
- Under 1 minute 45 seconds -120
Our Pick: Country singer Jennifer Nettles is singing the anthem this year, and she’s seem pretty non-diva .. but we still think she’ll go slightly over the average time of 1 minute, 45 seconds