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Looking Over 2017’s Kentucky Derby Horse Betting Entries

The Kentucky Derby Festival is in full swing which means that ‘the most exciting two minutes in sports’ is almost upon us. In fact, as is tradition, the Kentucky Derby will be held this upcoming weekend, on the first Saturday of May. With a larger attendance than all of the other stakes races in the US, including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and Breeder’s Cup, there’s no shortage of online horse betting fans who will be sizing up this weekend’s action.

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With so many eyes and ears wagering on this Saturday’s race, sportsbook horseracing fans can expect a spectrum of fluctuating odds on most horse betting sites. With that in mind, it’s important for punters to have a good idea of who will be competing, as well as who is likely to come away with it all. To help bettors on that undertaking, we’ve amassed a complete list of all the horses competing at the 2017 Kentucky Derby, and we’ve also gone ahead and ranked them from worst to best.

Since this weekend’s race is so popular, there will be a mix of online horse betting veterans, as well as a fair share of inexperienced punters. While the former might know what they’re doing, the latter is likely to bet on the most appealing name. That might not be the most profitable approach, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it.

2017’s Kentucky Derby Competitors

  1. Fast and Accurate

This name makes it seem like this horse is looking for betting handouts. Betting on a horse that is fast and accurate seems appealing, but not when it’s the name of the steed.

  1. J Boys Echo

I literally have no idea what this name means.

  1. Patch


  1. Untrapped

Same thing as Fast and Accurate, the name just makes it seem like the horse is begging for wagers.

  1. Gormley

All this brings to mind is FBI director’s James Comey’s recent testimony before congress.

  1. Sonneteer

Apparently this horse writes sonnets.

  1. State of Honor

Sounds like a new show coming to Fox this Fall.

  1. Practical Joke

This is like Fast and Accurate but opposite. Who wants to bet on a practical joke?

  1. Lookin at Lee

Where is he?

  1. McCraken

Johnny Depp might not want to bet on this horse, but punters shouldn’t rule out the McCraken.

  1. Hence

This name is incomplete, hence why it’s not higher on the list.

  1. Girvin

Named after a town in Texas.

  1. Irap


  1. Battle of Midway

Not as alluring as the owners wanted it to be.

  1. Tapwrit

Not sure what a Tapwrit is, but it might be trying to give Sonneteer a run for its money.

  1. Always Dreaming

But I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.

  1. Gunnevera

It’s good to see a little diversity at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

  1. Thunder Snow

Rain lightning?

  1. Classic Empire

Given the current state of affairs, this name might not be the best option.

  1. Irish War Cry

By far the greatest name on this list. It just invokes a sense of superiority.