Am I The Only Minnesotan Who Watches “The Kentucky Derby?”
THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS THIS SATURDAY
Am I the only person in Minnesota who is excited about The Kentucky Derby this weekend? It's an amazing race of some of the fastest horses in the world, and this year there's a lot on the line for the winners.
THE PURSE HAS BEEN RAISED
The purse has been at two million dollars since 2005, and one million before that from 1996-2004.
It will be divided among the top five places, but beyond that, there's not much in it for anyone else. The winner gets 1.86 million. The runner up gets $600,000; Third place gets $300,000; fourth place gets $150,000, and fifth place gets $90,000.
The remaining jockeys that are outside the top five get only a couple hundred bucks a piece. Ouch.
THE FAVORITES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED
- Omaha Beach: Odds 4 to 1
- Game Winner: Odds 5 to 1
- Improbable: Odds 6 to 1
- Roadster: Odds 6 to 1
CHURCHILL DOWNS IN LOUISVILLE KENTUCKY
The Kentucky Derby has been held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky; the exact same location since 1875 when Aristides won the race; making it the longest continuously running sports event.
MAKE YOUR BETS NOW
This exciting two minute race is drawn out just like Superbowl Sunday into a full day of other races,and television broadcasts of famous people, Derby hats, derby drinks and fun.
This year rain is in the forecast, which always makes it a super sloppy track and makes me nervous for the horses. I worry about them slipping and sliding. I can't stand to see a horse get hurt.
It really is an amazing two minutes. I hope you tune in, and get hooked just like me. PLACE YOUR BETS HERE!