Run For The Roses

A bet on Necker Island to win the Kentucky Derby may appear the triumph of optimism over sense. Especially, perhaps, to those who regularly bet on sports in the US. It’s a 100/1 shot. That means the bookies like Bovada feel it has very little chance of winning. It probably doesn’t. Unfortunately, in this climate of crisis, however, it may not even get the chance to run. Rather unusually, there are pressures upon it, via its owner, to withdraw from the race. 2020 strikes again.     ... read more

The 144th running of the “middle jewel” in the US Triple Crown will take place under a unique shadow following the antics at the Kentucky Derby. The bookies like Bovada, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the US right now, are already offering very tempting prices on Maximum Security despite its disappointment at Churchill Downs and the 2019 Preakness Stakes odds on Country House, the new crown chaser,can’t quite match them, and it can’t object. ... read more

With the big race barely weeks away you’d think the bookies would have finally got a grip on what they think will happen this year at Churchill Downs. However with Game Winner, Omaha Beach and Roadster all getting 7/1 at Bovada, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the US these days, those improbable 2019 Kentucky Derby odds seem to indicate this one will go all the way down to the wire and those three aren’t the only horses worth backing in this extensive field. ... read more