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    orb-future-ticket.jpgWe all know how much exciting fun it is to go to the track on Derby and Oaks days.  The fantastic costumes, the beautiful horses and fast women, and the smells of the crowd and of the…  Well, anyway, there is no thrill to equal standing at the rail with a Mint Julep in one hand and a $10 win ticket on a 40-1 longshot in the other; watching your horse (which you selected by using your secret handicapping method) come over the finish line half-a-length in front of the favorite, which your brother-in-law bet on.  It just don’t get much better than that.

    But not all of us can make it to Churchill Downs on these two great racing days.  Some of us are working, some are shut-ins, some are serving our country overseas, and some of us were foolish enough to live in California.  And, yes, it’s pretty hard to get decent tickets for the Derby and Oaks.  Even the infield is becoming yuppified (Hey sweetie:  Show us your VISA card!).

    derby 139 ticket.jpgNot to worry.  Horse lovers can now place bets on our premier stakes races online; and legally.  With a little bit of planning, and a credit/debit card, you can set up a prepaid account with a number of internet betting sites, and then watch the races in the comfort of your own living room (or hospital room, field tent, jail cell, etc.).

    TwinSpires is the official advance deposit wagering site for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Twin Spires is a legal website for U.S. residents to spend a day at the races from the comfort of home or office.  It’s like having your own personal OTB, with up-to-the-minute odds, scratches and program changes.  You can even watch and wager on every single race and track offered through on your cellphone.

    twinspires offers multiple deposit and withdrawal methods that allow for instant access to all funds.  Deposit by cash at walk-up sites, or have the money transferred directly from any bank account.  TwinSpires delivers winning amounts back into your account instantly.

    To be eligible to bet online, you must be a legal resident of the United States, 18 years or older, and a resident in one of the following states: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The following states have higher age requirements: Alabama (min. age 19), Iowa (min. age 21), New Hampshire (min. age 21), Washington (min. age 21).

    Another on-line betting site is Bovada.  One of the most important things for horse players in the United States to know is that Bovada has a high-level software and customer service that originally earned an A grade from Sportsbook Review – a grade that Bovada has maintained since opening. The current Bovada Racebook website has great features: it looks good, it’s easy to navigate and there’s no shortage of useful information for customers.

    allhorse rt.jpgAll Horse Racing is an international gaming company focused on the thoroughbred and harness horse racing market. Members have the ability to place wagers online on over 100 racetracks including Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Philadelphia Park, Pimlico Race Course and Belmont Park. Real time audio and video feeds are available for free.

    goehorse.gifSince 2003, has been providing clients horse betting tips, strategy and news. With a free membership, members can wager on over 100 racetracks, play the virtual derby, and wager on sports. offers a free bet on the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

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    At various times I have been a student, a soldier, a college Political Science teacher, a political campaign treasurer, and legal adviser to Louisville's Police Department and Board of Aldermen. I now practice law and share my political opinions with anyone who will listen.

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