The wait is almost up. In less than a month, the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place. If you have never attended this iconic event, let this be the year. Although it can be exciting to witness the “most exciting two minutes in sports” in any capacity—on TV or in person—attending in person is a truly unforgettable experience.

To ensure that your trip to Churchill Downs is spectacular, we at Superior Executive Services would like to share with you some tips. Whether you are attending the event with some friends, co-workers, or some key clients, the 2018 Kentucky Derby is sure to live up to the hype.

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Below are some tips to help you make the most of your trip to the 2018 Kentucky Derby

Learn How to Say “Louisville

If you have never visited the city of Louisville, you may be unsure how to pronounce the city’s name. Don’t worry, this is a common problem among visitors. Even the city pokes fun at this, and at the visitor center you can even see a sign mocking all the pronunciations—”Looeville,” “Lewisville,” “Looavull,” “Looaville,” and “Luhvull.” However, if you want to appear as though you are not from that far out of town, opt for the most popular pronunciation: Loo-a-vull. We know—it feels weird, doesn’t seem right, etc. But it’s their city and their name, and trying to pronounce it correctly will signal respect and help you win-over some locals.   

Learn to Read Racing Forms

If you have never seen a racing form, chances are that you will be quite confused when given one. If you plan on placing some bets at the Derby—and if you are going for the total Kentucky Derby experience, you absolutely should—you may want to brush up on making sense of these forms. If you know where to look, they will tell you everything you need to know about past performances. Additionally, it is loaded with horse racing lingo, so it is best to familiarize yourself with all of the lingo and abbreviations—e.g. BF (beaten favorite), CD (horse has won over course and distance), D (has won that distance), etc. Being able to make sense of these forms gives you a much better chance of predicting a horse’s future performance, and, therefore, cam improve your chance of picking a winner.

On this note, you may also want to learn about trifectas, exactas, superfectas, win place, boxes, show, wheels, and all other terms that you are going to see at the betting window. Here’s a great Horse Betting Guide to help you get started.

Choose Advice Wisely

Invariably, you will see some know-it-all “track-rats” who are more than willing to offer some betting advice. Just because the guy has the visor, Versace glasses, and the rest of the ensemble, it doesn’t mean he knows what he is talking about. Sure, he’s probably spent way more time at the track than you, but he has also spent a lot more time losing. Don’t put too much faith in advice—after all, you are both looking at the same race form.

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Be on the lookout next week for Tips for Attending 2018 Kentucky Derby—Pt. 2.