Update; Betting is closed. The final Pot: $200.00. View the comments for Hat entries–that will remain open. A Blind drawing will be held at the end of the race for the best hat prize.
If I am shot and thrown into the Chicago River for over-stepping the Chicago bookie boundaries, leaving Cole a lonely orphan, I can only say thank you to my Facebook friends for pushing me towards my dream of becoming an “almost amateur” bookie.
The last time I put on my bookie hat was for the Oscars.
I declined involvement in the NCAA tournaments because those little brackets scared the crap out of me. However, with a little help from my friends, I think I can handle the Derby. This little bit of help would include telling me just about everything that I need to know. The only thing that Katybeth knows about horse racing is how to place a bet. Wait – I grew up owning and riding a horse, and I have also seen the movie Sea Biscuit. I am better qualified than I thought!
So, on that note:
The Kentucky Derby is similar to the Super Bowl and NCAA basketball tournament; even casual fans and people who otherwise don’t follow horse racing want to bet on it. “Odd” wants to give you a chance to get in on a little of the action by hosting a Kentucky Derby pool: a $10.00 blind draw.
Place your Wager–right here!
The 137th Kentucky Derby takes place on May 7th, and the race will run sometime between 5-7 p.m.
Each pick is $10.00. I will send you a Paypal invoice or you can mail me a check.
The names of each bidder will be written on small pieces of paper and thrown into a hat.
The names of each of the horses will be written on a piece of paper and thrown into a hat.
Cole will then draw a bidder’s name, followed by a horse.
If there are more horses than there are bidders, we will write “Southern Relief” on extra tickets. If one of these tickets wins, the money will be sent to the Southern Relief fund.
The pay-out win, place, and show are at 60%, 30%, and 10%.
Hats are a major component of Derby attire, and “Odd” will reward a prize for the best Derby hat. The prize is a new Kodak (I think) digital camera. Please send your virtual hat pictures to me; my contact information can be found on the “Odd” home page sidebar, under “Connect with me.” Pictures will be posted in the comment section of this post. A blind drawing will be held at the end of the day for the best hat submission.
While The Kentucky Derby may no longer be the biggest event of the year for serious horse racing enthusiasts⎯it has been surpassed in this regard by the Breeders’ Cup⎯it remains the most significant and popular horse race for casual fans and the mainstream public. I think that this qualifies all of us to place a $10.00 wager. If you agree, then⎯to quote our Facebook friend, Nancy⎯“Giddy up, step right up and place those bets!”
|1||Archarcharch||Jon Court||Jinks Fires||10-1|
|2||Brilliant Speed||Joel Rosario||Tom Albertrani||30-1|
|3||Twice the Appeal||Calvin Borel||Jeff Bonde||20-1|
|4||Stay Thirsty||Ramon Dominguez||Todd Pletcher||20-1|
|5||Decisive Moment||Kerwin Clark||Juan Arias||30-1|
|6||Comma to the Top||Patrick Valenzuela||Peter Miller||30-1|
|7||Pants on Fire||Rosie Napravnik||Kelly Breen||20-1|
|8||Dialed In||Julien Leparoux||Nick Zito||4-1|
|9||Derby Kitten||Javier Castellano||Mike Maker||30-1|
|10||Twinspired||Mike Smith||Mike Maker||30-1|
|11||Master of Hounds||Garrett Gomez||Aidan O’Brien||30-1|
|12||Santiva||Shaun Bridgmohan||Eddie Kenneally||30-1|
|13||Mucho Macho Man||Rajiv Maragh||Kathy Ritvo||12-1|
|14||Shackleford||Jesus Castanon||Dale Romans||12-1|
|15||Midnight Interlude||Victor Espinoza||Bob Baffert||10-1|
|16||Animal Kingdom||Robby Albarado||Graham Motion||30-1|
|17||Soldat||Alan Garcia||Kiaran McLaughlin||12-1|
|19||Nehro||Corey Nakatani||Steve Asmussen||6-1|
|20||Watch Me Go||Rafael Bejarano||Kathleen O’Connell||50-1|
# 18: Uncle Moe scratched.
Thank you Bob Dunlap and Jim Leahy for technical assistance.
And we are off.
Step right up!