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Do Speed Figures Matter In The Kentucky Derby

By Derek Simon 

Kentucky Derby trophy

Kentucky Derby trophy. Photo: Jordan Sigmon

For whatever reason, some people approach big race days like they would bowling on the moon. In other words, they throw out everything they know about horse racing and handicapping and, instead, prepare themselves for a completely new experience.

Take, for example, the notion that speed figures mean nothing in the Kentucky Derby.

Now, I know that a lot of bettors think speed figures are useless… but a lot of bettors are wrong. Yeah, it’s tough to make money relying primarily on speed figures, but that’s because everybody is aware of them (thanks, in large part, to Andrew Beyer’s entertaining books and the commercial speed ratings, including his own, that they spawned).

However, there is little doubt that speed figures are… (more)