The Kentucky Derby is a prestigous horse race that happens only once a year and is over in about 2 minutes which is why they say it's the fastest 2 minutes in sports. What makes horse racing such a culture on it's own probably has more to do with sportsbetting. That is, the races are not as much fun when you are not betting on it.
Betting on the Kentucky Derby is something that many fans are getting used to and watching the race without money on the line just means it is almost not worth watching at all. Why do you think newspapers and media always mention the odds? The odds are important because they are calculated by sportsbooks.
Odds for 138th Kentucky Derby
|Option||Win Odds||Place Odds|
|Ill Have Another||11.00||3.00|
|Take Charge Indy||13.00||3.40|
|Daddy Long Legs||17.00||4.20|
|Daddy Nose Best||19.00||4.60|
|My Miss Aurelia||21.00||5.00|
|Went The Day Well||21.00||5.00|
|Out Of Bounds||26.00||6.00|
|Ever So Lucky||34.00||7.60|
|Harvard N Yale||41.00||9.00|