When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Where: Church Hill Downs - Louisville, Ky
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
The world best thoroughbred and jockeys will line-up to race around a 1.25 mile track, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first leg of the Triple Crown Championship, on May 5, 2018 with the 144 running of the Kentucky Derby.
Known as “The Most Exciting Two minutes in Sports” it is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses; colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg), fillies 121 pounds (55 kg).
The Derby, is also known as "The Run for the Roses," because a lush blanket of red roses is awarded to the Kentucky Derby winner each year.
On the first Saturday in May, the infamous Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, has played host to the oldest and most popular consecutively held thoroughbred horse racing event in the United States.
Churchill Downs, located on Central Avenue in south Louisville, Kentucky. It officially opened in 1875, and held the first Kentucky Derby and the first Kentucky Oaks in the same year.
This is one of the most anticipated events in the horse racing and horse race betting world.
Below are some of the contenders that will possibly run the day of the race. There are 20 Derby Contenders for the race but these are the most likely ones will be confirmed a place at the event.
|Rank||Horse||Points||Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings||Graded Stakes Earnings|
|3||Irish War Cry||110||$676,660||$616,660|
|8||J Boys Echo||63||$305,000||$305,000|
|9||State of Honor||62||$310,364||$280,000|
|15||Battle of Midway||40||$224,000||$224,000|
|19||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)||40||$0||$0|
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Horse racing in Kentucky dates back as far as 1789, when the first race course was laid out in Lexington.
In 1797 Kentucky's first Jockey Club was founded at a formal race meet, then was reorganized as the Lexington Jockey Club in 1809.
“The Commons” the men who organized this race meet, including Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay, also formed the Commonwealth's Jockey Club. The organization was named the Kentucky Jockey Club in 1809.
It was 66 years later in 1875, that Churchill Downs officially opened and began its tradition as "Home of the Kentucky Derby."
The track would eventually become known as "Churchill Downs." The first reference of the name Churchill Downs came in an 1883 Kentucky Derby article reported by the former Louisville Commercial.
By 1920, the Kentucky Derby had become the best known race in North America and it was attracting the top three-year-olds from all over the country.
Except for 1879 through 1895, when it was 1 ½ miles, the Kentucky Derby has always been run at 1 ¼ miles. In 1937, the track was incorporated as Churchill Downs. More Kentucky Derby history information
American Pharoah drew the No. 18 post, ridden by Victor Espinoza, came into the Derby having won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths and now has won the 141st Kentucky Derby.
The horse, was trained by Bob Baffert, and is only one of two horses that has won from there, the other was Gato Del Sol, in 1982.
Firing Line, ridden by Gary L Stevens, came in second and Dortmund, also trained by the now four-time Derby winning Baffert, finishing in third.
Orb powered to a 2½-length victory Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario their first Derby wins.
Rosario had Orb in the clear on the outside and they forged to the lead in deep stretch, with enough momentum to hold off 34-1 shot Golden Soul.
It was a popular victory before a crowd of 151,616, which poured enough late money on Orb to make him the 5-1 favorite, a position Revolutionary had owned most of the day.
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