Gallery: How to bet on the Kentucky Derby from your smartphone

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It's Kentucky Derby season, and in Louisville that means the whole town goes crazy--it's such a big deal that the local school district actually shuts down on Friday, the day before the Derby, because it's essentially a holiday weekend.

Getting to Louisville for the Derby, however, can be expensive. Gambling on the race can also be difficult if you don't have a facility (or bookie) nearby, but it doesn't have to be hard if you install TwinSpires for iOS or Android (note--you'll be downloading the Android app from the TwinSpires website since Google doesn't allow any gambling apps in the Play Store).

Armed with your app of choice and our swarm AI superfecta prediction for the 143rd Kentucky Derby you're ready to go! Click through to learn how to place your bets with TwinSpires.

Disclaimer: Remember that gambling is always just that, and TechRepublic is not recommending that you engage in parimutuel betting. Be careful with your money and wager at your own risk.

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By Brandon Vigliarolo

Brandon writes about apps and software for TechRepublic. He's an award-winning feature writer who previously worked as an IT professional and served as an MP in the US Army.