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Betting on the Derby and other horse racing online is safe, secure, and legal through BetAmerica.

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New members are eligible for a $300 deposit bonus. In addition, we have ongoing daily and weekly promotions that offer bonuses on feature tracks and races.

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Wagering

BetAmerica offers the same wagers online that you would play at the track. This includes:

Win, Place, or Show – pick the horse to finish first, second or third

Exacta – pick the horses that finish first and second

Trifecta – pick the horses that finish first, second and third

Superfecta – pick the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth

Daily Double – pick the winners of two consecutive designated races

Pick 3, 4, or 6 – pick the winners of 3, 4, or 6 consecutive races

Betting on the Derby can be profitable, even with a heavy favorite. In 2014, California Chrome won as the favorite and paid $7 on a simple $2 win bet, but the $2 exacta (California Chrome with second-place finisher Commanding Curve) paid $340!

Finding Winners

CaliforniaChrome03_SquareThe best way to find Derby winners is to follow the races that lead up to the main event. The horses who run for the roses on the first Saturday in May earn their spots in the gate by competing in Derby prep races. Each race is worth qualifying points, and the horses with the highest point totals are invited to the Derby. Watching the wagering on the prep races can help you identify the top Derby contenders

Derby Prep Roundup

Derby preps are over! Now, with just a few short weeks to the Kentucky Derby, all available points have been distributed and the leaderboard is set. Although we have an idea of the field, things could change.

One thing is certain – after winning the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby last weekend, American Pharoah is a freak and the likely favorite heading into the Derby. After winning the Rebel Stakes by six lengths, he returned against a deeper field of possible contenders to win by eight lengths without being asked to do much.

Why is American Pharoah the likely favorite? Several reasons:

  • Last fall, he won the G1 Del Mar Futurity and the G1 Frontrunner. In the Frontrunner, he defeated Texas Red, who came back to demolish the field in the G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile by over six lengths.
  • He beat a small field in the Rebel Stakes, but he did so over a sloppy, rainy track – it’s not uncommon to see a little rain on Derby day and if we do, we know he can handle it.
  • His romp in the Arkansas Derby showed a new dimension – rather than go to the lead, the Pharoah showed the ability to sit back in the field and rate his speed, and make a sweeping move to pass horses. With as many as 20 horses in the Derby, not everyone gets to be in the front, so sometimes you have to be able to wait to make your move.
  • Trainer Bob Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times, in 2002, 1998 and 1997. Jockey Victor Espinoza has won twice, including last year aboard California Chrome.

However, American Pharoah isn’t the only deserving horse in the race – stay tuned as we discuss other logical contenders and some interesting longshots!

Follow this year’s crop of hopeful three-year-olds as they compete in prep races across the country:

Date Prep Race Track Winner
9/6/2014 Iroquois Churchill Downs Lucky Player
9/27/2014 FrontRunner Santa Anita Park American Pharoah
10/4/2014 Champagne Belmont Park Daredevil
10/4/2014 Breeders Futurity Keeneland Carpe Diem
10/5/2014 Grey Woodbine International Star
11/1/2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Santa Anita Park Texas Red
11/22/2014 Delta Downs Jackpot Delta Downs Ocho Ocho Ocho
11/29/2014 Remsen Aqueduct Leave the Light On
11/29/2014 Kentucky Jockey Club Churchill Downs El Kabeir
12/20/2014 Los Alamitos Futurity Los Alamitos Dortmund
1/3/2015 Jerome Aqueduct El Kabeir
1/10/2015 Sham Santa Anita Calculator
1/17/2015 Lecomte Fair Grounds International Star
1/19/2015 Smarty Jones Oaklawn Far Right
1/24/2015 Holy Bull Gulfstream Upstart
2/7/2015 Withers Aqueduct Far From Over
2/7/2015 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Dortmund
2/14/2015 El Camino Real Golden Gate Metaboss
2/16/2015 Southwest Oaklawn Far Right
2/21/2015 Risen Star Fair Grounds International Knockout
2/21/2015 Fountain of Youth Gulfstream Itsaknockout
3/7/2015 Gotham Aqueduct  El Kabeir
3/7/2015 San Felipe Santa Anita  Dortmund
3/7/2015 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay  Carpe Diem
3/14/2015 Rebel Oaklawn  American Pharaoh
3/21/2015 Spiral Turfway  Dubai Sky
3/22/2015 Sunland Derby Sunland  Firing Line
3/28/2015 Florida Derby Gulfstream  Materiality
3/28/2015 Louisiana Derby Fair Grounds  International Star
3/28/2015 UAE Derby Meydan  Mubtaahij
4/4/2015 Santa Anita Derby Santa Anita  Dortmund
4/4/2015 Wood Memorial Aqueduct  Frosted
4/4/2015 Blue Grass Keeneland  Diem
4/11/2015 Arkansas Oaklawn  American Pharaoh
4/18/2015 Lexington Keeneland  Divining Rod

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