Online Horse Race Wagering USA

November 30, 2013 · Posted in Horse Racing · 1 Comment 

Online Horse Race Wagering

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Online horse race wagering is completely legal and regulated for bettors anywhere in the USA (except where noted below), which is great news for American thoroughbred aficionados. When it comes to wagering on horse races, there are two sites to choose from: TVG and Twin Spires.

for TVG

To establish or maintain a TVG thoroughbred betting account, you must be:

  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Be a United States citizen or resident alien; and
  • Be a resident of a state where wagering services are available.
  • Certify that the application information you provide is accurate.

Online horse race wagering with TwinSpires.comTwin Spires is one of the favorite online horse race wagering sites in the USA, and around the world.

No matter where you live on this planet, you may be able to open an account with Twin Spires and wager on horse races around the world.

What bettors say about TVG and TwinSpires

  • TVG has the finest of customer service available anywhere! I know that is a strong statement however being an active wagering customer myself with TVG and a few other race betting sites none compare to the quality TVG offers.
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  • I’ve opened accounts at both TVG and Twin Spires, both being legal horse racing sites in the USA. I use them both frequently. I’ve tried the rest, and these are the best!

If you have an interest in horse racing, why not go with a sure bet with either of these two online horse race wagering websites. TVG and are the favorites of most online wagering fans. Join the excitement today and open your accounts in a few easy moments!

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Betting the Kentucky Derby 2013

April 25, 2013 · Posted in Horse Racing · 1 Comment 

Bet on the 139th Running of the Kentucky Derby

Betting the Kentucky Derby is always exhilarating, and you can easily get in on the action today! The running of the 139th Kentucky Derby is upon us! There is no reason not to get involved in the excitement. The days of actually needing to be in Kentucky on Race Day are gone! Now you can feel the drama of this cream-of-the-crop horse race closer to home. Modern times provides us with modern methods. Therefore, you can be betting the Kentucky Derby from the comfort of your own home. Or go to the home of a friend to place your bets online as a team. Safely. Securely. You have a world of information at your fingertips with which to make wise wagering choices.

Get in on Triple Crown Action Today

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner and the field has started to take shape.

Top Derby contenders so far are Orb, Verrazano, Goldencents and Java’s War. These fantastic thoroughbred horses are currently ranked 1 through 4 in the standings. Each one of these thoroughbreds have been dominant in their recent performances.

Kentucky Derby Online Betting

Last weekend saw the second leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series come to its conclusion. Java’s War and Overanalyze earned entry to the Derby with wins in the Blue Grass Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Other colts like Oxbow, Den’s Legacy and Uncaptured ran lackluster races and will be relying on the final two races of the Road to the Kentucky Derby to claim a gate at Churchill Downs on May 4th, 2013.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby

Those two races are part of the Wild Card round in the Road to the Kentucky Derby. However, the points available in each race have diminished considerably. Only 20 points will be awarded to the winners of each Wild Card race. This is the last opportunity for colts on the points bubble to make their case.  Therefore, it’s their last chance to claim a gate in the Run for the Roses.

Those colts include the likes of Super ninety Nine, Charming Kitten and the aforementioned Den’s Legacy. Charming Kitten and Den’s Legacy ran last weekend, so it’s unlikely that they’ll race again in this weekend’s first Wild Card race. That means that they desperately need a good result in the second race or they will be missing from the starting gates at Churchill Downs on May 4.

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History and Tragedy at Kentucky Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As he pulled away from the field, Big Brown accelerated with each mighty stride toward the finish line in the Kentucky Derby. On their feet was an enthusiastic crowd of 157,770 cheering as the muscular, undefeated bay crossed the finish line first, four and three quarters (4 3/4) lengths ahead of the filly Eight Belles.

Thousands of happy bettors, along with trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. continued celebrating, as Big Brown and nineteen other horses in Saturday’s race galloped around the first turn at Churchill Downs.

Though it took some moments to sink in, anyone watching the horses realized soon enough that one of them had fallen to the track.

The Filly went down about a quarter mile past the finish line.

Just like that, in a flash, the exhilaration of the always exciting Kentucky Derby and the hopes of a new Triple Crown season were upended when Eight Belles had to be euthanized via injection right on the track. An incredibly sad and sobering fact. Poor Eight Belles had broken both front ankles. She could not be saved. Tragic.

An explosive finishing kick put away Big Brown’s rivals for his fourth consecutive victory. Big Brown did everything his owner said he would do.

Meantime, Eight Belles was attempting to become the fourth filly to win the Derby. Her owners chose to keep her out of Friday’s Kentucky Oaks so she could run with the boys in the Derby. And run she did.

Big Brown’s start from the outside post did little to hinder his explosive charge when the field turned for home. Under the skillful urging of jockey Desormeaux, the 2 to 1 favorite cruised to an easy victory to become the seventh undefeated Kentucky Derby winner. The last one was Barbaro in 2006.

This horse showed you his heart. Eight Belles showed you her life for our enjoyment today. I’m deeply sympathetic to that team for their loss.

Kent Desormeaux
Kentucky Derby winning jockey

Thoughts of Barbaro Couldn’t be ignored this Derby Day

The horrible breakdown harkened back to the 2006 Preakness, where Barbaro shattered his right rear leg just after the start. The colt was euthanized some months later, after developing laminitis from the catastrophic injuries.

Big Brown will race in two weeks in the Preakness Stakes as the only 3-year-old with a chance to become the first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978.

Big Brown’s Dutrow: “We’re ready to roll”

All week, Dutrow told the world he had the best horse in the field, and the big bay colt justified every plaudit tossed his way.

“I can’t describe the feeling that all of us have right now,” Dutrow said.

The colt became the first Derby winner since Regret in 1915 to have raced only three times previously. He is only the 3rd in 60 years to win after racing in just two Derby preps: Sunny’s Halo in 1983 and Street Sense last year were the others. In addition, Big Brown became the second winner to start from the No. 20 post. The gelding Clyde Van Dusen did it in 1929.

Big Brown covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:01.82 in front of the second-largest crowd in Derby history. He paid $6.80, $5 and $4.80.

Eight Belles paid $10.60 and $6.40, and Denis of Cork, at odds of 27-1, returned $11.60.

Dr. Larry Bramlage, Kentucky Derby’s on-call veterinarian, said the filly’s injuries were too severe to even attempt to move her off the track.

She didn’t have a front leg to stand on to be splinted and hauled off in the ambulance, so she was euthanized

Dr. Larry Bramlage
Kentucky Derby On-call Veternarian

Trainer Larry Jones paid tribute to his fallen filly saying, “She ran the race of her life.” He also defended having her run against 19 colts in the Derby. “It wasn’t that. It wasn’t the distance. It wasn’t a big bumping match for her. She never got touched,” he said. “She passed all those questions … with flying colors. The race was over, all we had to do was pull up, come back and be happy. It just didn’t happen.”

Tale of Ekati was fourth, followed by Recapturetheglory, Colonel John, Anak Nakal, Pyro, Cowboy Cal, Z Fortune, Smooth Air, Visionaire, Court Vision, Z Humor, Cool Coal Man, Bob Black Jack, Gayego, Big Truck, Adriano and Monba.

The colt earned $1,451,800 for the win and boosted his earnings to $2,114,500 for owners IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr. Pompa, who named Big Brown in honor of United Parcel Service, a client of his trucking business, sold a 75 percent interest in the colt to IEAH for about $3 million after his first race.

This was Desormeaux’s third win for the Derby, having won aboard Real Quiet in 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000. Only three other riders have won more: Eddie Arcaro, Bill Hartack and Bill Shoemaker.

Said Desormeaux: “It was smooth sailing all the way. The horse was very comfortable.”

Big Brown was the third favorite to win in the past five years. Smarty Jones won in 2004 and Street Sense won last year.

Kentucky Derby 2008

All eyes were on Big Brown at the start. Dutrow called his colt the fastest of all and he proved it when Desormeaux gunned him close the lead on the mad dash to the first turn. Desormeaux did a masterful job of keeping Big Brown free and clear of any traffic issues.

As the field headed into the backstretch, Big Brown was in sixth place and waiting for Desormeaux’s signal to make his move. It came around the far turn, and Big Brown took the lead at the top of the stretch and was never challenged to the wire.

“I don’t even know what we just did,” Dutrow said. “I can’t express my feelings, only that it was one of the most incredible feelings I ever had, and I can’t wait to feel it again.”

Horse Race Betting Tutorial Refresher Course – Part 2

January 1, 2008 · Posted in Horse Racing · 1 Comment 

In Part 2 of our horse racing pari-mutuel betting tutorial, we’ll have a look at:

  • a.) Horse race betting odds charts and their expected payouts,
  • b.) what you’ll need to tell the window clerk when you’re placing a bet (applies to off track betting and wagering on the internet),
  • c.) and alternate methods of betting while at the race track by using the SAMS machines to place your bets. Let’s take a look:

Approximate Win Payoffs (based on a $2 wager)

1 / 9


1 / 5


2 / 5


1 / 2


3 / 5


4 / 5


1 / 1


6 / 5


7 / 5


3 / 2


8 / 5


9 / 5


2 / 1


5 / 2


3 / 1


7 / 2


4 / 1


9 / 2


5 / 1


6 / 1


7 / 1


8 / 1


9 / 1


10 / 1


What to Tell the Clerk

When you’re ready to post your bet, you’ll tell the clerk 5 things:

  1. Which track
  2. Which race
  3. How much money you want to bet
  4. What kind of bet you want, i.e.: win, place, show, exacta, etc.
  5. The number of the horse.

For example, by using the criteria above, what you say to the window clerk might be: “Santa Anita, race number three, $2.00 to win on horse number seven.” Easy, huh?

Self Service Terminals *

* Also known as Screen Activated Machines, or SAMS

  1. First you need a voucher which may be purchased from any clerk or voucher machine.
  2. After you insert the voucher in the machine, the machine will ask you what track you want to bet on (Bay Meadows, Oaklawn, Santa Anita, Churchill Downs, etc.).
  3. Once you have designated the track, the machine will ask you how much you want to bet.
  4. Finally, the machine will show you a variety of wages that may be made.

If you need assistance, there are customer service representatives located in the general area of all SAMS.

(*Screen Activated Machines)

Part 1 – Horse Race Betting Tutorial Refresher Course

More information about picking odds and knowing what those odds will pay. Also a description of SAMS (screen activated machines)

Part 3: Horse Racing Words and their Definitions

In part 3 we’ll explore some of the more common as well as some obscure horse track words and their meanings, as well as a detailed look at a sample horse racing program and how to decipher it. Let’s do this!