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.
The field for the Kentucky Derby has been whittled down to just 25 contenders, and of the 25, 20 will finally be selected to begin the quest for the elusive Triple Crown.
There are no shortage of opinions and angles when handicapping the Kentucky Derby. With up to 20 horses leaving the starting gate on the First Saturday in May, let our experts help you find good plays and picks for your Kentucky Derby betting.
Now is the time to get invested in your favorite Kentucky Derby betting lines though, as the prices tend to move a ton after the morning lines are released the week of the race.
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.
|Audible||Todd Pletcher||5.00||John Velazequez||+885|
|Bolt d’Oro||Mick Ruis||3.00 *||Javier Castellano||+545|
|Bravazo||D. Wayne Lukas||2.75||Miguel Mena|
|Combatant||Steve Asmussen||2.60||Ricardo Santana Jr.||+6050|
|Enticed||Kiaran McLaughlin||3.00||Joel Rosario||+2550|
|Firenze Fire||Jason Servis||4.14||Manny Franco||+8050|
|Flameaway||Mark Casse||4.00||Jose Lezcano|
|Free Drop Billy||Dale Romans||1.74 *||Luis Saez||+4550|
|Good Magic||Chad Brown||3.40 *||Jose Ortiz||+685|
|Greyvitos||Adam Kitchingman||3.00||Victor Espinoza|
|Gronkowski||Jeremy Noseda||3.00||Jamie Spencer|
|Hofburg||Bill Mott||2.78||Jose Ortiz|
|Justify||Bob Baffert||3.00||Mike Smith|
|Lone Sailor||Todd Fincher||2.71||Tracy Hebert|
|Magnum Moon||Tom Amoss||3.27||James Graham|
|Mendelssohn||Aidan O'Brien||1.80 *||Ryan Moore||+625|
|My Boy Jack||Keith Desormeaux||1.77||Kent Desormeaux|
|Noble Indy||Todd Pletcher||3.00||John Velazequez|
|Promises Fulfilled||Dale Romans||9.00||Irad Ortiz Jr.|
|Quip||Rodolphe Brisset||3.00||Florent Geroux|
|Snapper Sinclair||Steve Asmussen||9.00||A. Beschizza|
|Solomini||Bob Baffert||3.00 *||Flavien Prat||+2250|
|Vino Rosso||Todd Pletcher||3.57||John Velazquez||+1015|
|Off the Trail|
|Avery Island||Kiaran McLaughlin||2.64 *||Joe Bravo|
|Catholic Boy||Jonathan Thomas||2.08 *||Manny Franco|
|Instilled Regard||Jerry Hollendorfer||1.59 *||Javier Castellano|
|Lombo||Michael Pender||5.00||Flavien Prat|
|McKinzie||Bob Baffert||2.33 *||Mike Smith|
|Mourinho||Bob Baffert||3.00||Drayden Van Dyke|
|Runaway Ghost||Todd Fincher||3.00||Tracy Hebert|
|Strike Power||Mark Hennig||3.67||Luis Saez|
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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
Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. He held off a late charge from Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway and Classic Empire to claim the roses on Saturday by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Always Dreaming has now won three consecutive races this year after finishing second and third in his first two races.
He is also the first horse since 1933 to win the Kentucky Derby after not winning his first race until on or after Jan. 25.
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