Kentucky Derby betting players are gearing up for the biggest race in American thoroughbred horse racing and the first jewel in the Triple Crown next Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, which means they could be getting ready for their final year of racing. A disturbing trend has emerged in the last few years as horses are now being retired after their third year of racing, which is upsetting some Northbet fans, and if the fans (and bettors) leave, horse racing as we know it will be over.
The third year is the most important for a horse as they'll be eligible to win the Triple Crown, which consists of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. But now a lot of owners are retiring their horses after the third year, especially if they don't get any major wins, in order to sell them to breeders, who are looking for the next great racehorse. This isn't good for the sport as fans and bettors alike will lose interest if they have to keep switching which horses they like every three years or so. A major part of being a sports fan is being able to follow a team throughout the years, and while we don't expect horses to run for 10 years, a couple more years of work wouldn't hurt them.
Another reason this isn't a good thing is that owners are only seeing the money they'll receive from selling a horse to a breeder. They're not considering the money they could be getting from racing the horse in more stakes races, and maybe the horse will mature more after their third year and turn into a dominant horse. All in all, it's not looking for horse racing fans, as well as those who are betting online.