How To Bet On The Kentucky Derby Gets Easier With New Handicapping Technology In TVG App

Posted By Derek Helling on April 28, 2021 - Last Updated on May 1, 2021

The 2021 Kentucky Derby might represent a return to tradition by running in its usual calendar slot on the first Saturday in May, but some new technology for horse racing bettors this year is a departure from buying a Daily Racing Form at the track. Figuring out how to bet on the Kentucky Derby is a little easier now. Bettors have access to new tools in the form of TVG upgrading its app.

The mobile app will give users a new betting feature and ways to handicap races. Bettors can put them to use for the first time in determining whether Derby favorite Essential Quality or a longer shot is their horse of choice.

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Details on the latest TVG app upgrades

The functionality of the updated app should be the same across Android and iOS devices. New TVG insights available to users include:

  • Access to starting prices in past performances
  • Expanded information on each horse
  • Runner comments
  • Summaries of past performances of horses/jockeys/trainers

Using this information, bettors should be able to feel more confident about their conclusions. App users can flag races where equipment changes were made, for example. In-app analysis, like “Horse for Courses” and “Hot Trainer,” call bettors’ attention to trends.

All the data is for one purpose; betting. The upgrades don’t neglect the wagering aspect. The app now features approximate payouts and personalized will-pays directly on the ticket. Perhaps the biggest upgrade here is a new re-bet feature, though.

The tool lets bettors re-use their selections in multi-race wagers if a primary leg fails to hit. For example, a gambler with a Pick 5 (similar to a five-leg parlay where you pick the winning horse in five consecutive races) will have the option to make a new wager with the remaining four legs without having to re-create the entire wager from scratch.

TVG also added new content to its OTT video service, WatchTVG. The library of on-demand videos now includes replays of Kentucky Derby prep races and contender profiles. Those can also prove useful, as a gambler can never be too informed.

Speaking of information, many are scouring the web for odds for Saturday and promotions for the race. TVG has bettors covered on both fronts.

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Latest 2021 Kentucky Derby odds and a new customer promo

The 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby features a solid favorite. Essential Quality, running out of post 14, currently sits 2-1. Rock Your World is 5-1 and Known Agenda is 6-1. Those horses are No. 15 and No. 1, respectively, in the starting gate.

The only other horse with odds shorter than 10-1 is Hot Rod Charlie, in post 9. As the information in the TVG app will tell anyone who uses it, favorites have a great recent track record in this event. In fact, the favorite has made good on that status in six of the last seven Kentucky Derby races.

Using these new app functions, you can determine for yourself how to bet on the Kentucky Derby, like whether Essential Quality has the essential qualities to merit a wager. If you’ve never bet with TVG before, you can place your first bet risk-free, too.

With the Kentucky Derby returning to its rightful place on the calendar, spring giving way to summer feels right again this year. For TVG app users, though, the 2021 Derby might be their best yet.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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