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Road to the Kentucky Derby
|2021 Kentucky Derby||$3,000,000||1 1/4 Miles/Dirt||Churchill Downs||May 1, 2021||–|
|Iroquois||$200,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Churchill Downs||Sept 5, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Juddmonte Royal Lodge||1 Mile/Turf||Newmarket (GB)||Sept 26, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|American Pharoah (FrontRunner)||$300,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Santa Anita Park||Sept 26, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|The Beresford||1 Mile/Turf||Curragh||Set 26, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Breeders’ Futurity||$500,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Keeneland||Oct 3, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère||1 Mile/Turf||Longchamp||Oct 4, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Champagne||$500,000||1 Mile/Dirt||Belmont Park||Oct 10, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Vertem Futurity Trophy||1 Mile/Turf||Doncaster (GB)||Oct 24, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Breeders’ Cup Juvenile||$2,000,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Keeneland||Nov 6, 2020||20-8-4-2|
|Kentucky Jockey Club||$200,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Churchill Downs||Nov 28, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Cattleya Sho||1 Mile/Dirt||Tokyo Racecourse (JPN)||Nov 28, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Remsen||$150,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Aqueduct||Dec 5, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun||1 Mile/Dirt||Kawasaki Racecourse (JPN)||Dec 16, 2019||20-8-4-2|
|Springboard Mile||$300,000||1 Mile/Dirt||Remington Park||Dec 18, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Los Alamitos Futurity||$250,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Los Alamitos Race Course||Dec 19, 2020||10-4-2-1|
|Jerome||$150,000||1 Mile 70 Yards/Dirt||Aqueduct||Jan 1, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Sham||$100,000||1 Mile/Dirt||Santa Anita Park||Jan 2, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Lecomte||$200,000||1 Mile 70 Yards/Dirt||Fair Grounds||Jan 16, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Smarty Jones||$300,000||1 Mile/Dirt||Oaklawn Park||Jan 22, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Robert B. Lewis||$150,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Santa Anita Park||Jan 30, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Holy Bull||$350,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Gulfstream Park||Jan 30, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Withers||$250,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Aqueduct||Feb 6, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Sam F. Davis||$250,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Tampa Bay Downs||Feb 6, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|El Camino Real Derby||$200,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Golden Gate Fields||Feb 13, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Risen Star||$400,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Fair Grounds||Feb 13, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|Hyacinth||1 Mile/Dirt||Tokyo Racecourse (JPN)||Feb 21, 2021||30-12-6-3|
|John Battaglia Memorial||$100,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Turfway Park||Feb 26, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Southwest||$400,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Oaklawn Park||Feb 27, 2021||10-4-2-1|
|Fountain of Youth||$400,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Gulfstream Park||Feb 27, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition S.||1 Mile/Dirt||Kempton Park (GB)||Mar 3, 2021||20-8-4-2|
|Patton (Listed)||1 Mile/Dirt||Dundalk (IRE)||Mar 5, 2021||20-8-4-2|
|Gotham||$300,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Aqueduct||Mar 6, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|San Felipe||$400,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Santa Anita Park||Mar 6, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|Tampa Bay Derby||$350,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Tampa Bay Downs||Mar 6, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|Rebel||$900,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Oaklawn Park||Mar 13, 2021||50-20-10-5|
|Louisiana Derby||$1,000,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Fair Grounds||Mar 20, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Jeff Ruby Steaks (Spiral Stakes)||$500,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Turfway Park||Mar 2020||100-40-20-10|
|Sunland Derby||$800,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Sunland Park||Cancelled||50-20-10-5|
|UAE Derby||$2,000,000||1 3/16 Miles/Dirt||Meydan Racecourse||Mar 27, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Florida Derby||$1,000,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Gulfstream Park||Mar 27, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Fukuryu||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Nakayama Racecourse (JPN)||Mar 27, 2021||40-16-8-4|
|Cardinal Condition Stakes||1 Mile A/W||Chelmsford City (GB)||Apr 1, 2021||30-12-6-3|
|Blue Grass||$1,000,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Keeneland||Apr 3, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Wood Memorial||$750,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Aqueduct||Apr 3, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Santa Anita Derby||$1,000,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Santa Anita Park||Apr 3, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Arkansas Derby||$1,000,000||1 1/8 Miles/Dirt||Oaklawn Park||Apr 10, 2021||100-40-20-10|
|Lexington||$200,000||1 1/16 Miles/Dirt||Keeneland||Apr 10, 2021||20-8-4-2|
The 2021 Kentucky Derby Event
Where and When to watch the race:
- Kentucky Derby: Saturday, May 1, 2021
- Kentucky Oaks: Friday, April 30, 2021
- Race Time
- Race 12
- Television Coverage
- NBCSN Friday – 12:00pm to 6:00pm ET
- NBCSN Saturday – 12:00pm to 2:30pm ET
- NBC Saturday – 2:30pm to 7:30pm ET
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 TwinSpires.com.
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 Resources
Kentucky Derby Video
Kentucky Derby Future Wager
Featuring the Future Wager & Sire Wager
Opens: November 26, 2020 at 12 PM
Closes: November 29, 2020 at 6 PM
Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: January 22, 2021 at 12 PM
Closes: January 24, 2021 at 6 PM
Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: February 12, 2021 at 12 PM
Closes: February 14, 2021 at 6 PM
Featuring the Future Wager, Kentucky Oaks & Derby/Oaks Double
Opens: March 5, 2021 at 12 PM
Closes: March 7, 2021 at 6 PM (Oaks and Oaks/Derby Double Wagers close at 6:30 PM)
Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: March 26, 2021 at 12 PM
Closes: March 28, 2021 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!
Pick the first 3 finishers to claim your winnings!
Pick the first 4 finishers to be a winner!
Pick the first 5 finishers and you’re a winner!
Multi-Race Exotic Bets
Pick the winners of 2 consecutive races and you can collect your winnings!
Pick the winners of 3 consecutive races and you win!
Pick the winners of 4 consecutive races and your winnings are waiting for you at the window!
Pick the winners of 5 consecutive races and claim your winnings!
Pick the winners of 6 consecutive races and claim your winnings!