2014 Kentucky Derby Exotic Betting Tips

2014 Kentucky Derby Exotic Betting Tips

Here’s a rundown of some 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic betting tips so you can enjoy the action at the track this weekend. The Kentucky Derby takes place this Saturday, May 3rd at Churchill Downs beginning around 12pm EST. This is the 140th running of one of America’s favorite races.

2014 Kentucky Derby: Post Positions and Odds
Post Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Vicar’s In Trouble Rosie Napravnik Mike Maker 25-1
2 Harry’s Holiday Corey Lanerie Mike Maker 50-1
3 Uncle Sigh Irad Ortiz Jr. Gary Contessa 35-1
4 Danza Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher 8-1
5 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman 21-10
6 Samraat Jose Ortiz Rick Violette Jr. 16-1
7 We Miss Artie Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher 33-1
8 General A Rod Joel Rosario Mike Maker 18-1
9 Vinceremos Joe Rocco Jr. Todd Pletcher 50-1
10 Wildcat Red Luis Saez Jose Garoffalo 18-1
SCRATCHED Hoppertunity
11 Dance With Fate Corey Nakatani Peter Eurton 14-1
12 Chitu Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 22-1
13 Medal Count Robby Albarado Dale Romans 22-1
14 Tapiture Ricardo Santana Jr. Steve Asmussen 20-1
15 Intense Holiday John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 12-1
16 Commanding Curve Shaun Bridgmohan Dallas Stewart 33-1
17 Candy Boy Gary Stevens John Sadler 18-1
18 Ride on Curlin Calvin Borel William G. Gowan 18-1
19 Wicked Strong Rajiv Maragh James A. Jerkens 8-1
SCRATCHED Pablo Del Monte


2014 Kentucy Derby Win/Place/Show Bet

Before we get to my 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic betting tips, let’s just review some types of wagers you can make at the track. Those of you that are pony veterans can probably skip this section. If you’re a bit newer to this form of betting, here’s a crash course:

Straight betting is a wager placed on just one horse. In horse racing we use the terms win, place and show to denote first, second and third in that order. So this is what the following types of straight bets mean when you see them on the board:

  • Win Bet – Horse must finish first
  • Place Bet – Horse must finish first or second
  • Show Bet – Horse Muse finish first, second or third

Even within straight betting there are some nice 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic betting tips I can hand out. I would take a look at making a win-place bet on a horse like Wicked Strong or California Chrome. In this instance, your horse has to finish first or second. If they win the race outright, then you’ll get both the win and show payouts, but if they finish second you’ll only get the place payout. Making a win-place bet is a solid way to hedge your larger plays especially if you’re slightly worried about backing one of the favorites on the board.

2014 Kentucky Derby Exotic Betting Tips

This is why you’re here. The more exotic bets in horse racing are basically different versions of parlays. A two horse bet is an exacta, a three horse bet is a trifecta and anything with four or more is called a superfecta. You basically say which horses are going to finish in a specific order, assigning a win, place or show to the horses involved in your parlay. If you “box” the exotic bet, however, you’re just betting on the top-2, top-3 or top-4 horses. That’s as brief of an explanation as I can give you.

So which type of exotic bet should you use this weekend? My 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic betting tips usually encourage you to go big and have fun with it. I am not at the track every weekend; I’m usually just drawn to the Triple Crown events. It’s always fun to bet on a winner, but I’m always drawn in by profit lust because I just use this as a reason to jump up and down and yell at my television for a few minutes.

That’s why I prefer trifecta boxes. You don’t have to throw a ton of your bankroll at a trifecta box to make it worth your while, so that’s why I’m plugging them as one of my favorite 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic betting tips.

I would also recommend placing a variety of bets if you feel so inclined. Mess around and have fun. My trifecta box includes Wicked Strong, Danza and Vicars In Trouble but I’ve also built a few plays with California Chrome who is the heavy favorite to win it all. This is the thing about the Triple Crown events – you can never really know which horse is going to “bring it”. So my final advice in 2014 Kentucky Derby exotic tips is pretty simple: have fun with it and place two or three parlays and a stand alone hedge play.