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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Off Track Betting is Derby ready.

The OTB branch on Transit Road in Lockport and the E-Z Bet location at Scruples on South Main Street in Newfane are stocked up and planning for a big day of horse racing.

While the Kentucky Derby itself takes but a couple short minutes, it takes a lot of planning — three years, if you're a horse owner, weeks if you're a betting site, and between hours and seconds if you're a bettor.

Both OTB betting locations in East Niagara are offering specials and swag, including drawings for mint julep glasses and Kentucky Derby t-shirts.

Whether you bet on the horses or just like to watch, the Derby is a 140-year tradition that kicks off the Triple Crown. It is followed by the much-less hyped Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. The one-and-a-quarter-mile Derby is called "the fastest two minutes in sports" or "the most exciting two minutes in sports"

Bettors can — and do — lose a lot of money in that two minutes. More than $130 million was bet on the race in 2013. Wagers can start at as little as $1, though.

Horses and their odds as of this morning, according to, are:

  • 1. Vicar's in Trouble (21-1) 
  • 2. Harry's Holiday (39-1)
  • 3. Uncle Sigh (27-1)
  • 4. Danza (9-1)
  • 5. California Chrome (2-1)
  • 6. Samraat (4-1)
  • 7. We Miss Artie (22-1)
  • 8. General a Rod (28-1)
  • 9. Vinceremos (51-1)
  • 10. Wildcat Red (16-1)
  • 11. Hoppertunity (SCR)
  • 12. Dance With Fate (14-1)
  • 13. Chitu (26-1)
  • 14. Medal County (24-1)
  • 15. Tapiture (37-1)
  • 16. Intense Holiday (15-1)
  • 17. Commanding Curve (31-1)
  • 18. Candy Boy (16-1)
  • 19. Ride On Curlin (15-1)
  • 20. Wicked Strong (7-1)
  • 21. Pablo Del Monte (SCR)
Odds can change though the day and more horses could be scratched. For up-to-the minute odds, check the Kentucky Derby website.

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