The Mahalaxmi Derbi, which taking place on Sunday the 5th of February, is predicted to be India’s biggest horse racing event of the year. Although India’s government is reluctant to legalize gambling throughout the country, the locals are known for their fondness of betting, whether on casino games or anything of interest, even village chicken fights.

It comes to no surprise then that horse racing is quickly becoming one of the top betting prospects and there is no better place to take part in horse race betting than on the Mahalaxmi Racecourse Derby.

The annual Mahalaxmi Racecourse Derby takes place on the first Sunday in February every year and is known to be a glitzy affair. Although the derby is one of the most popular betting events of the year and the biggest in terms of horse race gambling, it is not just about gambling but also about celebrities and known figures being seen rubbing shoulders. As gambling and horse race betting as such is becoming more and more popular in India, this event is predicted to only grow in size in years to come.

The Mahalaxmi Derby race track is world-renowned and regarded as one of the best race tracks in the world. The oval shaped track is one and a half miles long (2,400 metres) and has its winning post situated right across from the premium Members’ stand.

This Derby is called the ‘Crown Jewel of the Triple Crown’ in India and showcases horses of between one and four years old. The event has been sponsored by the country’s very own liquor company, McDowell’s since 1986 and its flamboyant tycoon and owner, Vijya Mallya never misses the event.

So whether you are a serious race track gambler or would simply want to see what all the fuss is about, make sure not to miss the Mahalaxmi Derby this Sunday on the fifth of February, 2012.