The Kentucky Derby is a stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, staged yearly in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race currently covers one and one-quarter miles (2.012 km) at Churchill Downs; colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg), fillies 121 pounds (55 kg). The race, known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate time length, is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States. It typically draws around 155,000 fans.
This horse racing American tradition dates back to the 1800's. The first Kentucky Derby run took place on May 18, 1875. It was founded by Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., who wanted a track to rival England's Epsom Derby.
The Kentucky Derby itself was first run at 1½ miles, the same distance as the Epsom Derby and the Grand Prix de Paris, on May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 horse racing enthusiasts.
The Kentucky Derby was just a regional race until 1902, when Colonel Matt J. Winn saved Churchill Downs from bankruptcy. He knew little about horse racing, but he was a great promoter.
At the time, New York was the center of horse racing in the United States, but Winn convinced many horse owners to participate in the Kentucky Derby. By 1920, it was the most famous horse race in North America.
In 1908, pari-mutuel machines were restored to bet on the Kentucky Derby. The total amount people bet on the Derby that year came to $67,570. In 1911, Winn reduced the minimum betting amount from $5 to $2. But between 1931 and 1933, the race was interrupted because of the Great Depression.
In 1983, Churchill Downs became involved in off-track betting operations in Kentucky and riverboat gaming. The one-day gambling record was established on June 12th: $1,060,892.
The Kentucky Derby is usually a wide-open race that has as many as 20 horses entered each year. The Kentucky Derby has been full of surprises throughout the years and the favorite has not done that well. Usually we look for horses coming off solid prep races but not necessarily having won the races. The Kentucky Derby is full of young horses and they are still learning. It makes for a very difficult, but exciting race to handicap.
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Follow the 2018 Kentucky Derby 144 at Churchill Downs from the prep races and all the way to the Triple Crown horse racing finale. Find all you need to know about the Kentucky Derby horse racing picks, horse racing tips, Kentucky derby betting schedule, Kentucky Derby contenders, recent winners, race results and payouts, Kentucky Derby horse racing history, and Churchill Downs race track information and history. Consider the Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, as your winning bet to the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico race track, Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park, that will finish up this year's Triple Crown.
|1||Girvin||Joe Sharp||M. Gutierrez|
|2||Gormley||John Shirreffs||F. Geroux|
|3||Irish War Cry||H. Motion||J. Alvarado|
|4||Irap||Doug O'Neill||I. Ortiz, Jr.|
|5||Always Dreaming||Todd Pletcher||J. Velazquez|
|6||Gunnevera||Antonio Sano||I. Ortiz, Jr.|
|7||Practical Joke||Chad Brown||J. F. Prat|
|8||J Boys Echo||Dale Romans||C. Lanerie|
|9||State of Honor||Mark Casse||TBA|
|10||Mastery||Bob Baffert||F. Prat|
|11||Tapwrit||Todd Pletcher||K. Desormeaux|
|12||Epicharis (JPN)||Kiyoshi Hagiwara||TBA|
|14||McCraken||Ian Wilkes||A. Garcia|
|15||Battle of Midway||Jerry Hollendorfer||andnbsp;Rosario|
|17||Battalion Runner||Todd Pletcher||Stevens|
|18||Cloud Computing||Chad Brown||I. Ortiz|
|19||Mont Saint Legame (JPN)||Koji Maki||TBA|
Grade II Churchill Downs: $250,000-added, seven furlongs, 4-year-olds and up.
Grade III La Troienne: $150,000-added, seven furlongs, 3-year-old fillies.
Grade III Distaff Turf Mile: $150,000-added, one mile, fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up.
Grade I Distaff: $300,000 added, seven furlongs, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up.
Grade I Turf Classic: $500,000-added, 1 1/8 mile, 3-year-olds and up.
Grade I Kentucky Derby: $2,000,000-guaranteed, 1 1/4 mile, 3-year-olds.