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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - This is a confusing Kentucky Derby, but aren’t they all? It’s draw day here, and we want you to start thinking about how you’re going to pick the winner of the only race in America that bestows bragging rights on the correct prognosticater.

So with no further adieu, here’s Dean Keppler, the author of Betting The Kentucky Derby: How to Wager and Win on America’s Biggest Horse Race - available at - and the proud owner of a $91,000 pick-six ticket at Santa Anita Park on Easter Sunday, 2006. He has important guide posts to follow.


The year was 1993 and I had the pleasure of watching the 119th running of the Kentucky Derby from my parents’ living room at the Jersey shore. It wasn’t exactly the prestigious scenery and vibrant atmosphere associated with historic Churchill Downs, but the enthusiasm was just the same for the entire Keppler family situated some 650 miles from the overzealous crowd cramming the Churchill infield. After all, the run for the roses held the same stature in our household as any other national holiday–Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday, New Year’s Eve, and, of course, the Kentucky Derby. We could never quite understand what imbecile would schedule a family communion or confirmation on a Saturday during the Triple Crown run. What were these people thinking?
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