Derby Bettors Use Their Heads

Never mind the horses—what will Queen Elizabeth wear?
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted May 4, 2007 11:41 AM CDT
Derby Bettors Use Their Heads
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 visit is part of Virginia's celebration of the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, America's first...   (Associated Press)

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. (Read more Kentucky Derby stories.)

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