It’s that time of year again. The weekend to wear the seersucker suits, the old boater hats on the men and the dresses and flowered hats adorning the women. Mint Juleps, Bourbon, My Old Kentucky Home played and sung by the locals just minutes before the Run for the Roses. The palpable rising of excitement in the crowd as the horses complete their pageantry lap, allowing time for the crowd to make their decisions on data and appearance, as they approach the starting gate.
Well, not this year. At least not yet. They’ve officially moved the Kentucky Derby from the traditional first Saturday in May to the long weekend, on Saturday, September 5. Hopefully the world will return to some semblance of what we’re used to for the greatest 2 minutes in sports. It may not have the fans at that time, we’ll all just have to wait and see what the closing of summer will bring on that weekend.
If you’re missing the race, as all gambling sports fans are, we’ve found some simulated fun for you over at www.spreads.ca
Spreads.ca is hosting virtual horse races on the site, listed predictably, as Virtual Horse Racing along the featured links on the left hand tabs once you’re logged in. If you scroll down to the bottom of the list rather than use the featured links you’ll bring up the race interface which includes a tabbed menu for upcoming races and you can place a bet well before and right up to the race time. Once you’ve got your bet in, remember the number of the horse you’re rooting for as the call of the race is only by the number and not the name. You can always click on Open Bets to see what you’ve bet on, and Bet History will list all the bets you’ve made as you enjoy your virtual race day.
The races go off every 3 minutes so there’s lots of action any time of day or night only a few moments away. The graphics are shockingly good, although it’s much more of an English country racetrack setting out in Sussex than it is Woodbine or Hastings Park. But the galloping sounds mixed with the crowd, it feels very much like a live race. Until we’re back in the grandstands in the flesh, Spreads.ca virtual race cards have you covered !