Kentucky Derby 2014 Odds: 10 Betting Tips from Handicapping Expert

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Kentucky Derby 2014 Odds: 10 Betting Tips from Handicapping Expert
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The Kentucky Derby is the most popular horse race of the year, but it is also one of the toughest nuts to crack. With a 20-horse field (19 currently) of lightly raced three-year-olds that are all trying a distance they have never competed at, it can be one challenging puzzle to solve.

I have put together some basic betting advice, geared more toward the casual racing fan who may be looking to place a few wagers Saturday. I used these ideas to help me pick Street Sense ($11.80) in 2007, Super Saver ($18.00) in 2010 and Animal Kingdom ($43.80) in 2011.

Here are 10 betting tips to keep in mind before heading to the betting window (or your computer).

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