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Road to the Kentucky Derby

Race NamePurseDistance/SurfaceTrackDatePoints
2020 Kentucky Derby $3,000,0001 1/4 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs May 2, 2020
Iroquois $200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs Sept 14, 201910-4-2-1
Juddmonte Royal Lodge 1 Mile/Turf Newmarket (GB) Sept 28, 2019 10-4-2-1
American Pharoah (FrontRunner)$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park Sept 27, 201910-4-2-1
Juddmonte Beresford 1 Mile/Turf Naas (IRE) Set 29, 2019 10-4-2-1
Champagne$500,0001 Mile/DirtBelmont Park Oct 5, 201910-4-2-1
Breeders’ Futurity$500,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeeneland Oct 5, 201910-4-2-1
Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère 1 Mile/Turf Chantilly (FR) Oct 6, 2019 10-4-2-1
Vertem Futurity Trophy1 Mile/Turf Doncaster (GB) Oct 26, 201910-4-2-1
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile$2,000,0001 1/16 Miles/Dirt Churchill Downs Nov 1, 201920-8-4-2
Kentucky Jockey Club$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs Nov 30, 201910-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho1 Mile/Dirt Tokyo Racecourse (JPN) Nov 23, 201910-4-2-1
Remsen$2,500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueduct Dec 201910-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtLos Alamitos Race Course Dec 201910-4-2-1
Springboard Mile $300,000 1 Mile/Dirt Remington Park Dec 15, 2019 10-4-2-1
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun1 Mile/Dirt Kawasaki Racecourse (JPN) Dec 18, 2019 20-8-4-2
Jerome$150,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtAqueduct Jan 202010-4-2-1
Sham$100,0001 Mile/DirtSanta Anita Park Jan 202010-4-2-1
Lecomte$200,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtFair Grounds Jan 202010-4-2-1
Smarty Jones$300,0001 Mile/DirtOaklawn Park Jan 24, 202010-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis$150,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park Feb 202010-4-2-1
Withers$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueduct Feb 202010-4-2-1
Holy Bull$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtGulfstream Park Feb 202010-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay Downs Feb 202010-4-2-1
Hyacinth1 Mile/Dirt Tokyo Racecourse (JPN) Feb 202030-12-6-3
El Camino Real Derby$200,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGolden Gate Fields Feb 202010-4-2-1
Risen Star$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtFair Grounds Feb 202050-20-10-5
Southwest$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Feb 17, 202010-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth $400,000 1 1/16 Miles/Dirt Gulfstream Park Mar 2020 50-20-10-5
Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition S.1 Mile/Dirt Kempton Park (GB) Mar 202020-8-4-2
Patton (Listed)1 Mile/Dirt Dundalk (IRE) Mar 202020-8-4-2
Gotham$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueduct Mar 202050-20-10-5
San Felipe$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park Mar 202050-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay Downs Mar 202050-20-10-5
Rebel$900,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Mar 14, 201950-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks (Spiral Stakes)$500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtTurfway Park Mar 202020-8-4-2
Louisiana Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtFair Grounds Mar 2020100-40-20-10
Sunland Derby$800,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSunland Park Mar 202050-20-10-5
UAE Derby$2,000,0001 3/16 Miles/DirtMeydan Racecourse Mar 28, 2020100-40-20-10
Florida Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGulfstream Park Mar 2020100-40-20-10
Fukuryu   1 1/8 Miles/Dirt Nakayama Racecourse (JPN) Mar 2020 40-16-8-4
Wood Memorial$750,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueduct Apr 2020100-40-20-10
Blue Grass$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtKeeneland Apr 2020100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park Apr 2020100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Apr 11, 2020100-40-20-10
Cardinal Condition Stakes   1 Mile A/W Chelmsford City (GB) Apr 2020 30-12-6-3
Lexington$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeeneland Apr 202020-8-4-2

The 2020 Kentucky Derby Event

Where and When to watch the race:

  • When:
    • Kentucky Derby: May 2, 2020
    • Kentucky Oaks: May 1, 2020
  • Where
  • Race Time
    • TBD
  • Television Coverage
    • NBC TBD

Kentucky Derby History

The Run for the Roses. The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports. No matter what moniker you care to use, the Kentucky Derby has become an American institution. Its date – the first Saturday in May – is unforgettable, its location – Churchill Downs with its Twin Spires – iconic.

First run in 1875 and patterned after the English Derby at Epsom Downs, the inaugural Kentucky Derby was won by Aristides over 1 1/2 miles, which remained the Derby distance until 1896 when it was shortened to 1 1/4 miles.

“I do not care if she never wins another race, nor if she ever starts in another race, she has won the greatest race in America and I am satisfied,” owner Harry Payne Whitney remarked when Regret became the first filly ever to win the Kentucky Derby in 1915. In so doing, he validated Churchill Downs president Col. Matt Winn’s efforts to make the Derby the most important and prestigious brand in American racing, a position it’s held for more than a century.

The starting point of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, has witnessed all 13 of the series’ winners, from Sir Barton in 1919 to Justify in 2018. The Derby counted as one of the mighty Citation’s 16 consecutive victories, while Secretariat, who many consider the greatest Thoroughbred ever seen on the American turf, maintains the Derby race record of 1:59.40.

For the non-Triple Crown winner, a victory in the Kentucky Derby nonetheless ensures a spot in the sport’s pantheon. It’s counted among the highlights in the careers of such Hall of Fame performers as Exterminator, Swaps, Northern Dancer, Spectacular Bid, Alysheba, and Sunday Silence, plus the fillies Genuine Risk and Winning Colors.

The human element is also woven deeply into the Derby fabric. The father-son trainer combo of Ben and H.A. “Jimmy” Jones graced the Derby winner’s circle a collective eight times from 1938 through 1958. Among jockeys, the legendary Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack each captured the classic five times. Among Arcaro’s quintet were the Triple Crown winners Whirlaway and Citation.

Befitting its position as the most sought-after prize in racing, the Derby is also well known for its attendance and viewership, as well as the amount of betting it generates. Crowds of more than 150,000 have become commonplace at the hallowed Louisville course, while television ratings exceed those of any other race in the country and nearly all other sporting events on the day.

Betting on the Kentucky Derby Day card hovers around $200 million, a large chunk of it on the Derby itself as the only race throughout the year with as many as 20 starters. Interest on betting the Derby is not only at an all-time high, but begins months beforehand with the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) offered four times throughout the winter and spring at various tracks, off-track facilities, and online platforms like

With Derby thoughts immediately swirling at the sight a good-looking two-year-old winner, the Kentucky Derby has truly become a year-round phenomenon.

Kentucky Derby Video

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Featuring the Future Wager & Sire Wager
Opens: November 28, 2019 at 12 PM
December 1, 2019 at 6 PM

Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: February 7, 2020 at 12 PM
February 9, 2020 at 6 PM

Featuring the Future Wager, Kentucky Oaks & Derby/Oaks Double
Opens: March 6, 2020 at 12 PM
March 8, 2020 at 6 PM (Oaks and Oaks/Derby Double Wagers close at 6:30 PM)

Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: April 3, 2020 at 12 PM
April 5, 2020 at 6 PM

Single-Race Exotic Bets

On an Exacta Bet you need to choose the horses that will finish first AND second in the correct order to claim your winnings!

Pick the first 2 finishers (they can come in either order) to win!

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Taking place on the first Saturday in May every year, the Kentucky Derby is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, where it is followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race.