The preps have been completed and the contenders are putting in their final major works – it's time for the 2018 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs!

The clock is ticking down the days – not the months, not the weeks, the DAYS! – until the 144th running of the Run for the Roses. As always TwinSpires.com has fans covered with news, analysis, contender profiles and so much more, all in one spot.

Check back each day as the TwinSpires experts continue posting their thoughts, opinions and picks ahead of the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports!

KENTUCKY DERBY & KENTUCKY OAKS FIELDS

144th Kentucky Derby

144th Kentucky Oaks

 

KENTUCKY DERBY NEWS & ANALYSIS

Shapiro: How to bet the Kentucky Derby on different budgets
Value plays on Kentucky Derby undercard plus thoughts on other O'Brien shippers
Scully: Kentucky Oaks Day Pick 4 plays
Mucciolo: Taking a swing at Derby Day Late Pick 4
Mucciolo's Kentucky Derby longshots of interest
Reilly's Kentucky Derby horses of interest
Keeping it simple for Oaks-Old Forester-Derby Pick 3
Hanson: Horses of interest on Kentucky Derby Day
Longshots in the Kentucky Oaks undercard stakes
Top 3 picks and longshots in the Kentucky Oaks
Mucciolo's 'Dreaming' of big Pick 4 on Kentucky Oaks Days
Apollo casts a long shadow but curses made to be broken
Hanson: How to bet the Kentucky Derby
Shapiro: How to play the Old Forester Turf Classic/Kentucky Derby Double
Betting the Free $10 with Refer a Friend
Mucciolo's Kentucky Derby Draw analysis
Mucciolo analyzes Kentucky Oaks draw, finds value on morning line
Jockeys in the 2018 Kentucky Derby
When and where to watch the 2018 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
How to bet the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
How to Play the Kentucky Derby card
Industry Insiders Reveal Kentucky Derby Betting Opinions
Horse-for-the-course play at Keeneland highlights Saturday's action
Hanson: How I'm playing the Blue Grass Day All-Stakes Pick 5
Mucciolo: Wood Memorial Day graded plays
Mucciolo: Keeneland Horses of Interest
Could it be Mott's time with Hofburg?
Hanson: How I'm playing Gulfstream's Rainbow 6
Mucciolo: Gulfstream graded stakes plays
Gronkowski takes on Burradon Stakes, the last leg of the European Road to the Kentucky Derby
Shapiro on California-based runners in Sunday's stakes at Sunland Park
Fair Grounds All-Stakes Pick 4 analysis includes upset pick in Louisiana Derby
Louisiana Derby, Sunland Derby Tipsheets help sort contentious fields
How I'm betting the Rebel and the Oaklawn Saturday card
Handicapping contentious stakes fare on Jeff Ruby Steaks Day
Spiraling Up to the Kentucky Derby
San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby and Gotham Tipsheets prove useful on Derby prep packed weekend
Mendelssohn looks vulnerable at short odds in Patton Stakes
Chad Brown gets what he wants from Good Magic
Hot barn should land Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton
Breeders' Cup Juvenile stands above in Prep Season
How to bet the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton Park
Handicapping Southwest, Razorback at Oaklawn Park
Handicapping the Risen Star, Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds

Scully: Playing straight exacta in Sam Davis

Six horses to watch on the Kentucky Derby trail
Audible stars at Gulfstream
Speed play in Robert Lewis

Using Holy Bull pair in Derby Doubles bonus play
A closer look at the next round of Kentucky Derby preps
Post times for Road to the Kentucky Derby/Oaks races over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend
Looking for 'Fire to be doused in the Jerome
Shapiro: California shippers to Lecomte, Smarty Jones face tall task
Three sires stand out as having multiple Kentucky Derby contenders

SCULLY'S DERBY REPORT

Final Preview - May 3
Excitement builds for outstanding Derby field - April 25
Prep season yields much-anticipated Derby - April 18
Justify solidifies Kentucky Derby favoritism - April 11
Audible, Mendelssohn record impressive wins - April 4
Noble finish in first major qualifier - March 28
Magnum Moon establishes himself as major player - March 21
Stars comes out at Santa Anita - March 14
Champ doesn't meet expectations in return - March 7
Flameaway joins the discussion – February 14

Audible emerges in Holy Bull tour-de-force – February 7

Trio of preps on tap after a lull – January 31
Keeping an eye out for up-and-comers – January 24
Derby season begins with a flurry of preps – January 17

New Year’s Excitement – January 3

DICK POWELL

2018 Kentucky Derby BRIS Speed rating analysis
The 2018 Kentucky Derby field by foal date and dosage index
Powell sizes up eight major prep races for 2018 Kentucky Derby
Controversies and Dilemmas
Powell on the 'Wow' moments from Justify, Army Mule, Wood Memorial
Handicapping Insights: Gronkowski, Mendelssohn and Audible
A closer look at Magnum Moon
Final thoughts on Tampa Bay Derby, Gotham, San Felipe and Justify
Thoughts on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby
Powell: Magnum Moon, Justify new stars of three-year-old class
Dream Tree no; Audible and Army Mule yes
Trio of Kentucky Derby Prep Races could be tough on Favorites

KENTUCKY DERBY SOPHOMORE SPOTLIGHT

Arkansas Derby & Lexington
Santa Anita Derby, Wood Memorial & Blue Grass
Florida Derby & U.A.E. Derby
Louisiana Derby & Sunland Derby
Rebel Stakes & Jeff Ruby Steaks
San Felipe, Tampa Bay Derby & Gotham
Fountain of Youth
Risen Star & Southwest Stakes
Sam F. Davis Stakes
Vino Rosso getting better like a...
Withers, Robert B. Lewis & Holy Bull

HOW TO BET THE...

Lexington Stakes
Arkansas Derby
Arkansas Derby (John Mucciolo)
Blue Grass
Wood Memorial
Santa Anita Derby
Florida Derby
U.A.E. Derby
Louisiana Derby
Jeff Ruby Steaks
Rebel Stakes
San Felipe
Tampa Bay Derby
Fountain of Youth
Southwest Stakes
El Camino Real Derby

Risen Star Stakes

Sam F. Davis Stakes
Smarty Jones Stakes
Holy Bull Stakes

Withers Stakes

KENTUCKY DERBY BRIS SPEED RATING REPORTS

Arkansas Derby
Lexington Stakes
Santa Anita Derby
Wood Memorial
Blue Grass
Florida Derby
Sunland Derby
Louisiana Derby
Rebel Stakes
San Felipe
Gotham Stakes
Tampa Bay Derby
Fountain of Youth
Sam F. Davis
Holy Bull

Withers
Smarty Jones
Lecomte
Jerome
Sham
Springboard Mile
Los Alamitos Futurity
Remsen
Kentucky Jockey Club

KENTUCKY DERBY WORKOUT REPORTS

April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18
February 11
January 28

5 THINGS TO KNOW FOR THE...

Lexington Stakes
Arkansas Derby
Wood Memorial
Blue Grass Stakes
Santa Anita Derby
Louisiana Derby
Rebel Stakes
San Felipe
Tampa Bay Derby
Fountain of Youth
Risen Star
Sam F. Davis
Holy Bull, Withers, Lewis
Lecomte

KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER

Pool 4 Unbeaten Justify favored at 3-1 in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Pool 3 Justify overtakes Bolt d'Oro in Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Pool 2 – Good Magic, Bolt d'Oro top individual interests as Mutuel Field closes at favorite in Pool 2 of 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Pool 1Mutuel Field, Bolt d’Oro favored as Pool 1 of 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager closes

Justify brings steam into final day of Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Kentucky Derby Future Wager International Scouting Report: Mendelssohn vs. Gronkowski
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Value Plays
Bolt d'Oro edges Audible & Justify for early favoritism in Pool 4 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Bolt d'Oro, 'All Others' listed at 6-1 for Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager
San Felipe to drive betting on Pool 3 of Kentucky Derby Future Wager
An early look at Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Finding Value in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager
How to Bet Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY

Kentucky Derby Prep Season Races

Arkansas Derby – Magnum Moon
Lexington StakesMy Boy Jack
Santa Anita DerbyJustify
Blue Grass – Good Magic
Wood MemorialVino Rosso
Florida DerbyAudible
U.A.E. Derby Mendelssohn
Sunland Derby Runaway Ghost
Louisiana DerbyNoble Indy
Rebel Magnum Moon
Jeff Ruby Steaks Blended Citizen
San Felipe – Bolt d'Oro
Gotham – Enticed
Tampa Bay DerbyQuip
Fountain of Youth Promises Fulfilled
Risen Star – Bravazo
El Camino Real Derby – Paved
Sam F. Davis
 – Flameaway
Holy Bull – Audible
Robert B. Lewis – Lombo
Withers – Avery Island
Smarty Jones – Mourinho
Lecomte – Instilled Regard
Jerome – Firenze Fire
Sham
 – McKinzie
Los Alamitos Futurity
 – McKinzie
Remsen
 – Catholic Boy
Kentucky Jockey Club
 – Enticed
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
 – Good Magic
Breeders’ Futurity
 – Free Drop Billy
Champagne – Firenze Fire
FrontRunner
 – Bolt d’Oro
Iroquois
The Tabulator

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

Burradon – Gronkowski
Patton Mendelssohn
Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes Gronkowski
Racing Post Trophy – Saxon Warrior
Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere – Happily
Royal Lodge – Roaring Lion
Beresford – Saxon Warrior

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

Hyacinth – Sumahama
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun
 – Le Vent Se Leve
Cattleya Sho
Ruggero

KENTUCKY DERBY PEDIGREE PROFILES

Audible
Avery Island
Blended Citizen
Bolt d’Oro

Bravazo
Catholic Boy
Enticed
Firenze Fire
Free Drop Billy
Good Magic
Gronkowski
Happily
Instilled Regard
Justify
Le Vent Se Leve
Magnum Moon
McKinzie
Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn (Kellie Reilly)
My Boy Jack
Promises Fulfilled
Quip
Roaring Lion
Ruggero
Saxon Warrior
Sumahama
The Tabulator