Kentucky Derby 2022 will ‘hopefully’ keep horse race betting alive, expert says
Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation’s Michael Bonakdar previews the 148 running of the Kentucky Derby.
As the 148th Kentucky Derby kicks off the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown Saturday evening, one expert remains hopeful the "highly traditional sport" will keep the betting alive.
"People love to bet on all kinds of stuff, I think sports betting is definitely one of their favorites," Suffolk Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation’s Michael Bonakdar told "Varney & Co." Friday.
"With the technology that's getting improved daily as we go into the future, I think horse racing will hopefully stay alive… especially [with] the Kentucky Derby coming up."
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Bonakdar went on to say that the Kentucky Derby is the "most exciting 2 minutes in history that happens every year."
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Despite sports betting being more popular in the gambling industry, the expert said there are many hardworking people that will hopefully continue to keep horse race betting moving forward.
He pointed out which horses to look out for during the Triple Crown event taking place at Churchill Downs in Louisville and what the odds are for the following Derby frontrunners – Mo Donegal (7-1), Happy Jack (24-1), Epicenter (9-2), Summer is Tomorrow (60-1) and Smile Happy (16-1).