NBA: 4-5 (down $136)
NHL: 12-8 (up $653)
MLB: 3-6 (down $273)
NCAA Basketball: 1-0 (up $165)
Golf: 0-1 (down $25)
Parlay 1-2 (down $58)
Unfortunately, my last parlay was ruined by the Celtics losing to the lowly Thunder, who were able to snap a 14 game win streak and ruin what was otherwise, a perfectly played parlay. That’s how it goes sometimes.
Let’s move on the Kentucky Derby. As an owner/commissioner/announcer/statistician/hype man of my own Horse Racing League (you can check that out right here), I love the Kentucky Derby! These horses are spectacular, bred to run around a track at ridiculous speeds as rich white people with fancy hats stand and cheer in hopes of becoming even richer.
Even though I don’t have the fancy hats and I’m not important enough to actually attend the Derby, it doesn’t mean I can’t try to make a little cash of my own. Here it is, my official Kentucky Derby bet:
Today’s Bet: Kentucky Derby
To win: Rock Your World, +500
Bet $50, win $250
I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on these horses, so I’m going with a more conservative bet than the usual $100. I did my best to read up on the horses, and this article was one I found particularly helpful. Essentially, Rock Your World hasn’t lost a race at 3-0. He’s raw, though, as he didn’t race as a 2 year old and started out by racing on grass. The line I appreciated the most, though, was that he’s big and just wants to run. That sounds like a horse that’ll have a good chance in any race.
To Finish Top 3: Keepmeinmind, +1100
Bet $10, win $110
So this right here is a very conservative bet at just $10, but for good reason. First of all, I’m not asking Keepmeinmind to win; a top 3 finish is all I need. The reason I’m not betting much is because my reasons for making this bet weren’t actually that well-thought out. Sure, he was able to win a race last November, but that’s his only win in 6 races (although he has finished top 3 in 4 of the races which is what we need here). The main reasons I’m putting a little bet on him is because he’s Canadian, and because he’s named after a Zac Brown Band song. That spoke to me.