Derby Bettors Use Their Heads

Never mind the horses—what will Queen Elizabeth wear?
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 11:41 AM CDT
Queen Elizabeth II is presented with a gift from Chief William P. Miles of the Pamunkey tribe during a tour of the newly renovated Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, May 3, 2007. The queen's...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Curlin is the early favorite for tomorrow's Kentucky Derby, but another thoroughbred—a human—is also the focus of some hot wagering. She's a well-known horse breeder and owner, with an inherited affinity for the sport of kings. Place your bets: What color hat will Queen Elizabeth II wear? And will it have a feather?

The queen and her signature headgear will fit right in at the Derby, a haberdasher's paradise. A pink hat like the one she wore in Virginia this week is an 8-to-1 proposition, according to online bookmaker Bodog. Blue and white/silver are the co-favorites at 5 to 2. There is no line on a bejeweled crown.