If data consumption isn’t your thing, you might go with your gut. A recent survey of 1000 British betters showed that half bet on the horse’s name – a witty horse name attracted 30% of bets while a name that ‘sounds like a winner’ received 16% of wagers.
Name isn’t getting it for you – what about a lucky number? Lucky 7 was the most popular number for the Brits, chosen 25% of the time. The attractiveness of the jockey drew 20% of bets while another 20% just let their kids choose the winner, p.s. the kids were right 82% of the time!
So, which horse will you be cheering to win this year’s Kentucky Derby? Still not sure? As last resort you might consider consulting a Magic 8 Ball or just toss a coin. In the end, however, how you pick a favorite really doesn’t matter. The Kentucky Derby is eye candy for horse lovers. It is steeped with tradition, epitomizes the social graces of the south and is hands down “the greatest 2 minutes in sports”. Choose a horse to cheer, any horse, they’re all magnificent, fix yourself a mint julip and enjoy the sport of kings.
Feature Photo Courtesy: Charles Bertram