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Road to the Kentucky Derby

Race NamePurseDistance/SurfaceTrackDatePoints
Kentucky Derby$2,000,0001 1/4 Miles/DirtChurchill DownsMay 5, 2018-
Iroquois$150,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill DownsSept 16, 201710-4-2-1
Juddmonte Beresford 1 Mile/TurfNaasSet 24, 201710-4-2-1
FrontRunner$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita ParkSept 30, 201710-4-2-1
Juddmonte Royal Lodge 1 Mile/TurfNewmarketSept 30, 201710-4-2-1
Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère 1 Mile/TurfChantillyOct 1, 201710-4-2-1
Champagne$500,0001 Mile/DirtBelmont ParkOct 7, 201710-4-2-1
Breeders' Futurity$500,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeenelandOct 7, 201710-4-2-1
Racing Post Trophy 1 Mile/TurfDoncasterOct 28, 201710-4-2-1
Breeders' Cup Juvenile$2,000,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtDel MarNov 4, 201720-8-4-2
Kentucky Jockey Club$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtChurchill DownsNov 25, 201710-4-2-1
Cattleya Sho 1 Mile/DirtTokyo RacecourseNov 25, 201710-4-2-1
Remsen$2,500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueductDec 2, 201710-4-2-1
Los Alamitos Futurity$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtLos Alamitos Race CourseDec 9, 201710-4-2-1
Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun 1 Mile/DirtKawasaki RacecourseDec 13, 201710-4-2-1
Springboard Mile$300,0001 Mile/DirtRemington ParkDec 17, 201710-4-2-1
Jerome$150,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtAqueductJan 1, 201810-4-2-1
Sham$100,0001 Mile/DirtSanta Anita ParkJan 13, 201810-4-2-1
Lecomte$200,0001 Mile 70 Yards/DirtFair GroundsJan 13, 201810-4-2-1
Smarty Jones$300,0001 Mile/DirtOaklawn ParkJan 15, 201810-4-2-1
Robert B. Lewis$150,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita ParkFeb 3, 201810-4-2-1
Withers$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueductFeb 3, 201810-4-2-1
Holy Bull$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtGulfstream ParkFeb 3, 201810-4-2-1
Sam F. Davis$250,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay DownsFeb 10, 201810-4-2-1
Hyacinth 1 Mile/DirtTokyo RacecourseFeb 10, 201830-12-6-3
El Camino Real Derby$200,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGolden Gate FieldsFeb 17, 201810-4-2-1
Risen Star$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtFair GroundsFeb 17, 201850-20-10-5
Southwest$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn ParkFeb 19, 201810-4-2-1
Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition S. 1 Mile/DirtKempton ParkMar 1, 201820-8-4-2
Patton (Listed) 1 Mile/DirtDundalkMar 2, 201820-8-4-2
Fountain of Youth $400,000 1 1/16 Miles/Dirt Gulfstream Park Mar 3, 2018 50-20-10-5
Gotham$300,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtAqueduct Mar 10, 201850-20-10-5
San Felipe$400,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtSanta Anita ParkMar 10, 201850-20-10-5
Tampa Bay Derby$350,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtTampa Bay DownsMar 10, 201850-20-10-5
Rebel$900,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtOaklawn ParkMar 17, 201850-20-10-5
Jeff Ruby Steaks (Spiral)$500,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtTurfway ParkMar 17, 201820-8-4-2
Louisiana Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtFair GroundsMar 24, 2018100-40-20-10
Sunland Derby$800,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSunland ParkMar 25, 201850-20-10-5
Burradon 1 Mile/DirtNewcastleMar 30, 201830-12-6-3
UAE Derby$2,000,0001 3/16 Miles/DirtMeydan RacecourseMar 31, 2018100-40-20-10
Florida Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtGulfstream ParkMar 31, 2018100-40-20-10
Wood Memorial$750,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtAqueductApr 7, 2018100-40-20-10
Blue Grass$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtKeenelandApr 7, 2018100-40-20-10
Santa Anita Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtSanta Anita ParkApr 7, 2018100-40-20-10
Arkansas Derby$1,000,0001 1/8 Miles/DirtOaklawn ParkApr 14, 2018100-40-20-10
Lexington$200,0001 1/16 Miles/DirtKeenelandApr 14, 201820-8-4-2

The 2019 Kentucky Derby Event

Where and When to watch the race:

  • When:
    • Kentucky Derby: May 4, 2019
    • Kentucky Oaks: May 3, 2019
  • Where
    • Churchill Downs Racetrack or TwinSpires TV
  • Race Time
    • 6:34PM ET
  • Television Coverage
    • NBCSN 12:00PM ET to 2:30PM ET
    • NBC 2:30PM ET to 7:20PM 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 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

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

November 23 – 26, 2018

February 9 – 11, 2019

March 9 – 11, 2019

April 6 – 8, 2019

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