Horse racing action takes place throughout the year, but there are some races that capture the imagination of those that don’t typically wager money on the sport.
It is always important for those novices that are thinking about wagering money on the biggest horse racing events that they follow a number of general tips to ensure that they make knowledgeable bets on the action.
These are some of the tips that you should follow before making a bet on one of the big Triple Crown events in the United States this year.
Be Aware That The Races Are Different
The first thing that all potential gamblers must be aware of is the fact that all three of the Triple Crown races are different. Most importantly, they are run at different tracks and over various distances. Both are pivotal differences that will have a big impact on the horses that could be considered as legitimate chances in the race.
Distances are important for racing fans to take into account, as some runners will not take to running over a longer distance, while the course is also important, as particular horses may prefer better on certain tracks. Unlike British racing, the turn isn’t as big of an issue when it comes to the Triple Crown events, as all are left-handed circuits.
Look At The History
It goes without saying, but looking at the history of all three Triple Crown races is essential before making a wager on the race. Certain trainers and jockeys will have excellent records in the respective races, which will increase their chances of winning.
For example, Bob Baffert holds a dominant record in the Kentucky Derby, as he has trained the winner on six occasions, with two of those successes coming since 2018.
However, when it comes to the Belmont Stakes, he has only won three times since 2001, and the famous trainer has won five Preakness Stakes since the same year. Each race has different winners, and all of that information is essential reading before making a wager.
Triple Crown Winners Are Rare
Many novice bettors will see the winner of the Kentucky Derby, and then think that that runner will be a good bet for the other two Triple Crown races.
However, achieving victories in all three Triple Crown races is extremely unlikely, as it has only been achieved by 13 horses since 1919.
Recent winners such as American Pharoah and Justify highlight that it is possible, but horses to achieve the feat are few and far between.
Click here to find out the full list of Kentucky Derby winners in history: https://www.twinspires.com/kentuckyderby/winners
In addition, 23 horses have fallen short of the Triple Crown having won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes, with the most recent horse to come close being California Chrome in 2014. However, the three-year-old could only finish fourth in the final race.
Meanwhile, 29 other horses have also won two of the Triple Crown events in the season. Last season, all three races had different winners. Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness Stakes, while Tiz The Law and Authentic won the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby respectively.
Understand The Odds
It goes without saying, but the most important aspect to consider before placing a bet on any of the Triple Crown events is the odds.
The odds directly impact the returns that you will get should your selection be successful, which means that you will always want to bet on the best odds possible.
That often means shopping around until you can claim the best price possible for your selection, but it is always worth the extra time that it takes.