Kansas Among States With Most Interest In 2023 Kentucky Derby

Kansas Among States With Most Interest In 2023 Kentucky Derby
Fact Checked by Thomas Leary

The opening leg of the 2023 Triple Crown returns to the hallowed dirt of Churchill Down in early May, when the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby takes place.  

Of the states that have shown the most interest in the annual race, residents of the Sunflower State stand tall, hanging in there with horse racing hotbeds like Indiana and Ohio on the national level. Expect there to be a healthy appetite across Kansas sports betting for the race in two weekends.

With the Derby right around the corner, BetKansas.com utilized Google Trends to look at the highest search volume of the term “Kentucky Derby” in the United States over the past 90 days. After gathering data on April 19, we determined the states with the most interest in the upcoming event compared to other search terms.

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States With Most Interest in 2023 Kentucky Derby

RankState Level of Interest in Search Terms
T3 Kansas29
T3 Ohio 29
T5 Wisconsin 27
T5 Wyoming 27
7 West Virginia 25
T8 Minnesota 24
T8 Connecticut 24
T10 Pennsylvania23

Kentucky Derby Holds Meaning For Kansas Residents

Kansans appear to still hold value in the spring rite of passage that is the three-race spectacle that takes place at Churchill Downs, Pimlico Park and Belmont Park Racetrack.  

That’s because the Sunflower State ranks in a tie with Ohio for the third highest search interest in the Derby, at 29, coming in behind heavyweight Kentucky (100) and Indiana (37) on a national level.  

Other states that cracked the top-10 nationally were Wisconsin and Wyoming, who tied at 27, followed by West Virginia (25), Minnesota and Connecticut (tied at 24) and Pennsylvania, Missouri and Michigan (tied at 23).  

One thing that seems certain is that come May 6, Kansans will turn their TVs on en masse and turn their collective attention to the 10 furlongs of raceway that 20 horses will rush through in the early evening hours on the outskirts of Louisville.  

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Christopher Boan is a lead writer at BetKansas.com specializing in covering state issues. He covered sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years.

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