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Hats, horses and chilled juleps: A full-blown Kentucky experience
on 04 March 2019

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Every first Saturday of May, the quiet town of Louisville turns into a festive one as thousands of people from all over the world visits the Ol’ Kentucky Home for the biggest most-watched race in history - the Kentucky Derby.

People come annually not only for the sake of betting kentucky derby contenders but also make the most out of it for a full-blown Kentucky experience.

There are so many things an individual or a merrier group of people can do in Louisville during the Derby week.

Your ultimate Kentucky experience does not only limit to witnessing the biggest race in a season. This also gives you ample time to explore and discover the wonders of Kentucky. That means bourbon, horses, and, more bourbon. Yes, you read that right.

The Kentucky Derby is quite different from any horse racing because of how the locals and visitors celebrate it a very festive way. That’s how they have kept their hype up for centuries now.

Once you arrive at Louisville, you will be invited to so many tours by locals which you definitely should not miss.

Locals offer guests a tour to bourbon distilleries where you will learn how their trademark drink “mint juleps” became so popular and how it all started at the Derby race day.

They will also take you to a farm tour where you get to see how the thoroughbred horses and nursed and trained. If you are lucky enough, you’ll get a chance to meet some of the racing horse stars make a last run before the big day.

Your experience would be limitless as you can experience a whole lot more of what the Kentucky town can give for everyone to have a warm welcome and an unforgettable one.

The Derby day is the most exciting experience you won’t dare to miss! Everyone will look so sophisticated in their dresses, suits and crazy hats. It is as if you are entering a themed Carnivale but this time, everyone who is in costumes are the audiences.

The stars of the derby day are the 20 running 3-year-old thoroughbred horses who have trained so hard to make their win at the first leg of the Triple Crown Championships.

The Run for the Roses, as what it is commonly called, has become a tradition where people lay down leis of roses to the winning horse at the end of the race. Thus, makes quite a good costume for the horse as part of the celebration.

This race is now on its 145th running where it becomes more and more exciting every year. Bettors make a good watch for this derby race as it made a big raise in the pot prize at $3 million. More prize money at stake means more competition. More competition means whopping bet money. Not to mention, the thousand glasses of mint juleps sold during this festive race each year.

That is how exciting this fastest two minutes in sports has ever been and a very important one for the trainers and jockeys.

As you all know, to win the crown, you must first win at Kentucky Derby then onwards to the next Preakness Stake race in Maryland and on to the verdict race at the dirt tracks of Belmont. Win all three and you definitely be crowned as the Triple Crown Champion.

There are only 13 horses who ever got a chance to win the series. First to ever grab the title was Sir Barton in 1919 and recently the lucky horse to gain it was Justify last year 2018. Winning the race is a big deal as this can also entitle you as The Horse of the Year.

Kentucky, just like any major race has a live TV coverage courtesy of NBC Sports attracting about millions of viewers for this two-week event. But if you are someone who is always on the run, you don’t need to get to a tv to watch it as it has an online broadcast at TVG.

TVG Network also got an updated odds of the contenders in Kentucky Derby where they based on the performance from both last seasons since they are 2-year olds and their track trials. They use a Pari Mutual betting system during the race day where the odds is based on the amount of cash topped on their heads by professional and leisure bettors from all over the world.

While we still have three more long months to wait for the race day, one way to study for your bet strategy is to know the current status of your favorite horse in their recent races. Know more about their conditions and their pacing on the same track lengths together with other nominated contenders.

Having your TVG online betting account will give you a strong undercard with ample opportunities on the day to win some money from betting, a chance for you to take part in the biggest race ever through betting which is the next best thing you can be proud of yourself other than owning one of the runners in the any of the races in store.

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