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Are you new to betting on the ponies? Are you curious as to why the worldwide sport of horse racing has captured the interest of millions? Do you just want to brush up on your lingo before betting on the Breeders Cup World Championship this weekend? Well, then, you’re in the right place.
Horse racing has been around since 4500 B.C. and it began in Central Asia. Essentially, ever since man domesticated the first horse and began to ride horses around town for convenience, they had the clever idea of racing them. You could say that the need for speed is in mankind’s DNA. Since then, the sport of horse racing has grown and in America, there are five major race events that millions of horse racing enthusiasts tune in for every year.
Before we move on to the fifth popular race, we have to bring up the Triple Crown. The United States Triple Crown is the act of one horse winning these three key races: The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. In the history of the Triple Crown, there have been 13 horses. If you’ve been around a track or two, then the names Omaha, Secretariat, American Pharaoh, and Justify might be familiar to you as they’re some of the most popular Triple Crown winners.
Okay, the fifth popular race event that Americans enjoy but is also watched worldwide is the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
All of the big five race events mentioned above are races in which thoroughbred horses are racing. But those aren’t the only types of horses that race!
In our OTB room, guests can watch and bet on all three types of horse races. One strategy some bettors employ is really getting well-acquainted with one track. Knowing what the track conditions tend to be at “your” track and whether or not horses tend to underperform or do well at your favorite location, may give you a hands up on your competition.
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino simulcasts races from tracks all across the world, but some popular tracks include Churchill Downs, Belmont Park, Santa Anita, and Gulfstream Park. Check our OTB Schedule to get the full list of what’s playing.
Okay, so you understand what horse racing is all about, you know what type of horse race you want to watch, you know what track you want to watch, what’s next?
Visit our OTB Room to pick up an Off-Track Betting Program or Daily Racing Form, both sold by our Mutuel Tellers. The DRF /Program provide you with info of all of the races that are happening at the track and background info on all of the horses that will be racing. You’ll see their previous race times, their current record, notes about their previous performance, and the morning line odds. This will give you an idea of what horse you want to put your money on.
If neither of those suit you, then you can also visit Equibase.com which will have similar information about the horses that are scheduled to race.
Once you’ve got a good idea of which horse you want to put your money on, then you can make a bet in our OTB Room. We’ve provided details on how to make a bet here, but we have two more tips for you.
This is why we’re particularly excited about the upcoming Breeders’ Cup 2019. The reward potential is HUGE! On November 1st and 2nd there will be guaranteed pools of $1 million and more. In horse betting, potential winnings are based on how many dollars people bet on a race. For the Breeders' Cup, these guaranteed pools mean that no matter how much money is bet, the potential winnings are at least $1 million dollars, which will be split between the lucky few who mange to pick all of the right horses. Some of the guaranteed pools are as follows:
Friday’s Guaranteed Pools
$1,000,000 minimum guarantee – all Breeders’ Cup Pick 4
Saturday’s Guaranteed Pools
$1,000,000 minimum guarantee – Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick 6
$2,000,000 minimum guarantee – all Breeder’s Cup late Pick 5
$2,000,000 minimum guarantee – all Breeder’s Cup late Pick 4
Win your share when you place a bet in OTB!