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Road to the Kentucky Derby

Race NamePurseDistance/SurfaceTrackDatePoints
Kentucky Derby$2,000,0001 1/4 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs May 4, 2019-
Iroquois$150,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs Sept 16, 201810-4-2-1
Juddmonte Royal Lodge 1 Mile/Turf Newmarket (GB) Sept 29, 2018 10-4-2-1
American Pharoah (FrontRunner)$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park Sept 29, 201810-4-2-1
Juddmonte Beresford 1 Mile/Turf Naas (IRE) Set 30, 2018 10-4-2-1
Champagne$500,0001 Mile/DirtBelmont Park Oct 6, 201810-4-2-1
Breeders' Futurity$500,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeeneland Oct 6, 201810-4-2-1
Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère 1 Mile/Turf Chantilly (FR) Oct 7, 2018 10-4-2-1
October Trophy 1 Mile/Turf Doncaster (GB) Oct 27, 201810-4-2-1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile$2,000,0001 1/16 Miles/Dirt Churchill Downs Nov 2, 201820-8-4-2
Kentucky Jockey Club$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill Downs Nov 24, 201810-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho 1 Mile/Dirt Tokyo Racecourse (JPN) Nov 24, 201810-4-2-1
Remsen$2,500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueduct Dec 1, 201810-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtLos Alamitos Race Course *Dec 8, 201810-4-2-1
Springboard Mile $300,000 1 Mile/Dirt Remington Park Dec 16, 2018 10-4-2-1
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun 1 Mile/Dirt Kawasaki Racecourse (JPN) Dec 19, 2018 20-8-4-2
Jerome$150,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtAqueduct *Jan 1, 201910-4-2-1
Sham$100,0001 Mile/DirtSanta Anita Park *Jan 5, 201910-4-2-1
Lecomte$200,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtFair Grounds *Jan 12, 201910-4-2-1
Smarty Jones$300,0001 Mile/DirtOaklawn Park Jan 25, 201910-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis$150,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park *Feb 2, 201910-4-2-1
Withers$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueduct *Feb 2, 201910-4-2-1
Holy Bull$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtGulfstream Park *Feb 2, 201910-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay Downs *Feb 9, 201910-4-2-1
Hyacinth 1 Mile/DirtTokyo Racecourse *Feb 17, 201930-12-6-3
El Camino Real Derby$200,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGolden Gate Fields *Feb 16, 201910-4-2-1
Risen Star$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtFair Grounds *Feb 16, 201950-20-10-5
Southwest$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Feb 18, 201910-4-2-1
Fountain of Youth $400,000 1 1/16 Miles/Dirt Gulfstream Park *Mar 2, 2019 50-20-10-5
Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition S. 1 Mile/Dirt Kempton Park (GB) Mar 6, 201920-8-4-2
Patton (Listed) 1 Mile/Dirt Dundalk (IRE) Mar 8, 201920-8-4-2
Gotham$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueduct *Mar 9, 201950-20-10-5
San Felipe$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park*Mar 9, 201950-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay Downs *Mar 9, 201950-20-10-5
Rebel$900,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Mar 16, 201950-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks (Spiral)$500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtTurfway Park *Mar 16, 201920-8-4-2
Louisiana Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtFair Grounds *Mar 23, 2019100-40-20-10
Sunland Derby$800,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSunland Park *Mar 24, 201950-20-10-5
UAE Derby$2,000,0001 3/16 Miles/DirtMeydan Racecourse *Mar 30, 2019100-40-20-10
Florida Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGulfstream Park *Mar 30, 2019100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial$750,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueduct *Apr 6, 2019100-40-20-10
Blue Grass$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtKeeneland*Apr 6, 2019100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSanta Anita Park*Apr 6, 2019100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtOaklawn Park Apr 13, 2019100-40-20-10
Lexington$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeeneland *Apr 13, 201920-8-4-2

The 2019 Kentucky Derby Event

Where and When to watch the race:

  • When:
    • Kentucky Derby: TBD
    • Kentucky Oaks: TBD
  • Where
    • Churchill Downs Racetrack or TwinSpires TV
  • Race Time
    • TBD
  • Television Coverage
    • NBCSN TBD
    • 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 12 of the series’ winners, from Sir Barton in 1919 to American Pharoah in 2015. 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 Future Wager

Featuring the Future Wager & Sire Wager
Opens: November 22, 2018 at 12 PM
Closes:
November 25th, 2018 at 6 PM (Sire Wager closes at 6:30 PM)

Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: February 8, 2019 at 12 PM
Closes:
February 10, 2019 at 6 PM

Featuring the Future Wager, Kentucky Oaks & Derby/Oaks Double
Opens: March 8, 2019 at 12 PM
Closes:
March 10, 2019 at 6 PM

Featuring the Future Wager
Opens: April 5, 2019 at 12 PM
Closes:
April 7, 2019 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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