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2023 Kentucky Derby Race Info

  • Current Distance: 1 & 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Left-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualification: Three-year-olds
  • 2023 Purse: $3 million
  • 2023 Race Date: Saturday, May 6th

Watch the 2023 Kentucky Derby

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  • Kentucky Derby works show
    • Almost two weeks of LIVE streaming workouts and listening to industry experts analyze the 20+ possible Derby contenders.
  • NBC & Peacock

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Kentucky Derby Results, Payouts, Post Position Draw & Morning Line Odds

In one of the most shocking upsets in sports history, 80-1 long shot Rich Strike took down favorites Epicenter and Zandon with an epic stretch run to win the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby!

21Rich StrikeSonny Leon / Eric R. Reed$163.60 / $74.20 / $29.40
3EpicenterJoel Rosario / Steven M. Asmussen$7.40 / $5.20
10ZandonFlavien Prat / Chad C. Brown$5.60
13SimplificationJose L. Ortiz / Antonio Sano
1Mo DonegalIrad Ortiz, Jr. / Todd A. Pletcher
14Barber RoadReylu Gutierrez / John Alexander Ortiz
18Tawny PortRicardo Santana, Jr. / Brad H. Cox
5Smile HappyCorey J. Lanerie / Kenneth G. McPeek
9Tiz the BombBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr. / Kenneth G. McPeek
19ZozosManuel Franco / Brad H. Cox
17Classic CausewayJulien R. Leparoux / Brian A. Lynch
12TaibaMike E. Smith / Tim Yakteen
7Crown Pride (JPN)Christophe Patrice Lemaire / Koichi Shintani
2Happy JackRafael Bejarano / Doug F. O'Neill
6MessierJohn R. Velazquez / Tim Yakteen
15White AbarrioTyler Gaffalione / Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.
8Charge ItLuis Saez / Todd A. Pletcher
16CyberknifeFlorent Geroux / Brad H. Cox
11Pioneer of MedinaJoe Bravo / Todd A. Pletcher
4Summer Is TomorrowMickael Barzalona / Bhupat Seemar

Exotic Payouts:

  • $2 Exacta (21-3): $4,101.20
  • $1 Trifecta (21-3-10): $14,870.70
  • $1 Superfecta (21-3-10-13): $321,500.10

2022 Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw & Morning Line Odds

1 Mo Donegal Todd Pletcher Irad Ortiz Jr. 10-1
2 Happy Jack Doug O’Neill Rafael Bejarano 30-1
3 Epicenter Steve Asmussen Joel Rosario 7-2
4 Summer Is Tomorrow Bhupat Seemar Mickael Barzalona 30-1
5 Smile Happy Kenny McPeek Corey Lanerie 20-1
6 Messier Tim Yakteen John Velazquez 8-1
7 Crown Pride Koichi Shintani Christophe Lemaire 20-1
8 Charge It Todd Pletcher Luis Saez 20-1
9 Tiz the Bomb Kenny McPeek Brian Hernandez Jr. 30-1
10 Zandon Chad Brown Flavien Prat 3-1
11 Pioneer of Medina Todd Pletcher Joe Bravo 30-1
12 Taiba Tim Yakteen Mike Smith 12-1
13 Simplification Antonio Sano Jose Ortiz 20-1
14 Barber Road John Ortiz Reylu Gutierrez 30-1
15 White Abarrio Saffie Joseph Jr. Tyler Gaffalione 10-1
16 Cyberknife Brad Cox Florent Geroux 20-1
17 Classic Causeway Brian Lynch Julien Leparoux 30-1
18 Tawny Port Brad Cox Ricardo Santana Jr. 30-1
19 Zozos Brad Cox Manny Franco 20-1
20 Ethereal Road D. Wayne Lukas Luis Contreras 30-1
Also eligible
21 Rich Strike Eric Reed Sonny Leon 30-1
22 Rattle N Roll Kenny McPeek James Graham 30-1

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.

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