You, Too, Can Pick a Winner

All you need is a buck and 3 key stats
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2009 2:37 PM CDT
Exercise rider Lindsey Molina takes Kentucky Derby hopeful Chocolate Candy for a workout for the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr)
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(Newser) – Put down that mint julep: The Kentucky Derby is tomorrow, and you still don’t have a horse to bet on. But you do have a prayer, because Christina Settimi of Forbes, with help from horse racing expert Dean Keppler, outlines a winning strategy. With $118 million wagered, novices have a good shot at hefty payoffs, Keppler says.

To get started, you need $1 to wager and the Daily Racing Form, the industry bible that will help you track three key factors: speed, experience, and management. Don’t bet based on a horse’s starting position, Keppler advises, and don’t bet the favorite. But do stay hopeful, because even if you lose tomorrow, the Preakness is just around the bend.