Kentucky Derby Notes for 4/30 - Combatant made his final timed work at Churchill Downs and during the day all the Derby horses finally arrived at the track. Entries were drawn for the Oaks and the Derby will be drawn on Tuesday. Check out comments and photos for the Derby and Oaks horses, probable starters for the rest of the Derby weekend stakes, and more. Previous: 4/29, 4/28, 4/27, 4/26, 4/25, 4/24, 4/23, 4/22, 4/21
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Some Sharps will say to stay away from parlays altogether. I’m not going to say that. Every once in a while, I will play a parlay. Now it won’t be a 5 or team parlay or anything crazy like that. But rarely I will do a 2 or a 3 team parlay. I don’t make the bet really expecting to win. I know going in that it is a much lower percentage bet and make sure that if I win, it will be big. Amateur bettors love the big payouts from the 6-7-8 team parlays but do you know who loves parlays even more? The Bookie! There is a reason they pay out so much, it’s because they are such low percentage bets. The main difference between a sharp and an amateur is instead of betting a 5 team parlay a sharp will bet 5 separate games. If he walks away 3-2 in those 5 games he would be happy. The amateur, on the other hand, would probably hit 4 of 5 and walk away with nothing. He would then proceed to go home and slam his head into a wall for 5 hours in disgust.
Today, online betting on sports of all kinds is a $60 billion industry, growing rapidly everywhere outside the U.S., where the practice is mostly banned. The Supreme Court, however, may lift federal restrictions this year, and if it does, American dollars will flood the market, increasing liquidity and the profits of computer teams. Big names from the world of finance have taken notice.
Chariot racing was one of the most popular ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine sports. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC and were important in the other Panhellenic Games. It continued although chariot racing was often dangerous to both driver and horse, which frequently suffered serious injury and even death. In the Roman Empire, chariot and mounted horse racing were major industries. From the mid-fifteenth century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race. Fifteen to 20 riderless horses, originally imported from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, were set loose to run the length of the Via del Corso, a long, straight city street; their time was about 2½ minutes.