Kentucky Derby Betting

Location: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Track: Churchill Downs
When: May 4th, 2019
Purse: $3 million.

The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 will be the richest in history as the purse for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown has been elevated to a guaranteed $3 million.

The substantial $1 million increase to the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby for 3-year-olds highlights a record-setting, 34-race stakes schedule cumulatively worth $12.03 million for Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet. Fifteen of the races received significant purse hikes, including the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI), Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and Humana Distaff (GI), and two new races were added to the historic Louisville racetrack’s action-packed season, which will be run over 38 dates from April 27-June 29.

The racing program headlined by the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest race, on Saturday, May 4th features seven graded stakes races three of them Grade I events with total stakes purses of $4.15 million. The Friday, May 5th program headed by the Longines Kentucky Oaks, the nation’s top race for 3-year-old fillies, includes a pair of Grade I events among its six graded stakes and total stakes purses for the day of $2.2 million.

The 38-day Spring Meet begins with the historic track’s “Opening Night” under the “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester” lights on Saturday, April 30, and the featured event of the night that launches Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Week will be the second running of the $100,000 William Walker. The six-furlong stakes race for 3-year-olds honors Walker, one of the pioneer African-American jockeys who dominated the Churchill Downs jockey colony in its early years. Spring Meet racing will conclude with “Closing Night” on Saturday, July 2, the last of the meet’s three “Downs After Dark” night racing programs.

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Important changes in the 2016 Spring Meet stakes schedule include a new name, distance and placement for the $200,000 Wise Dan (GII), a 1 1/16-mile event on turf formerly known as the Firecracker. The Wise Dan is now part of the popular “Downs After Dark” program on Saturday, June 18 headed by the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI). The Wise Dan had previously been run during the closing weekend of the Spring Meet.

The Wise Dan is named in honor of Mort Fink’s two-time Horse of the Year who completed a spectacular racing career with a perfect four-race season in 2014. The Charlie LoPresti-trained gelding by Wiseman’s Ferry compiled a remarkable lifetime record of 23-2-0 in 31 races with earnings of $7,552,920. He earned seven of those victories from his 11 starts at Churchill Downs, which included a pair of triumphs in the Firecracker that included his successful debut on the grass in its 2011 running and a hedge-skimming victory over yielding turf in a driving rain storm in 2013. Wise Dan’s Churchill Downs success also included victories in the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) in 2013 and 2014, and memorable runs on the main track that included a victory in the 2011Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) and a runner-up finish in the 2012 Stephen Foster Handicap in which he lost by a head to Ron the Greek. Wise Dan also earned a pair of Eclipse Awards as both turf champion and champion older horse.

“It means so much to us to have that race named to honor Wise Dan,” LoPresti said. “He’s been a great horse, and we’ve had so much fun with him and we’re proud of him. I’ve often thought that someday somebody would name a race after him, and I’m glad that Churchill was the first to come up with it because he’s won so many races there and is such a big part of Churchill Downs.”

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2019 Kentucky Derby Runners

Horse Qualifying Points Trainer Jockey
Tacitus 150 William I. Mott Jose Ortiz
Omaha Beach 137.5 Richard E. Mandella Mike E. Smith
Vekoma 110 George Weaver Javier Castellano
Plus Que Parfait 104 Brendan Walsh Ricardo Santana Jr.
Roadster 100 Bob Baffert Florent Geroux
By My Standards 100 Bret Calhoun Gabriel Saez
Maximum Security 100 Jason Servis Luis Saez
Game Winner 85 Bob Baffert Joel Rosario
Code of Honor 74 Claude R. McGaughey John Velazquez
Haikal 70 Kiaran McLaughlin Rajiv Maragh
Improbable 65 Bob Baffert Irad Ortiz Jr.
War of Will 60 Mark Casse Tyler Gaffalione
Long Range Toddy 53.5 Steve Asmussen Jon Kenton Court
Tax 52 Danny Gargan Junior Alvarado
Cutting Humor 50 Todd Pletcher To be determined
Win Win Win 50 Michael Trombetta Julien Pimental
Country House 50 William I. Mott Joel Rosario
Gray Magician 41 Peter Miller Joel Rosario
Spinoff 40 Todd Pletcher Manny Franco
Master Fencer Japan Road Koichi Tsunoda Julien Leparoux


2019 Kentucky Derby Schedule

Place a bet Wagering windows will open 30 minutes before the first race, approximately 10:00a.m.
Sip a Mint Julep Mint Juleps are available as soon as the gates open - 8:00am - and the last call is at post time for the 14th race, approximately 8:10p.m.
Watch the Garland of Roses arrive at Clubhouse Gate from Kroger Approximately 9:45a.m.
Make a Trip to the Infield and See What's Happening with Party-goers on the Inside of the Track Anytime
Visit the Red Carpet, at VIP Gate and Spot a Celebrity Celebrities will be walking the Red Carpet from approximately 12:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.
Make a Trip to the Paddock and Get an Up-close View of the Horses Horses will be in the Paddock 20 minutes prior to each race, for each of the 14 Races. See the Post Times schedule for details.
Kentucky Derby & Oaks 145 artwork signing with artist Rhonda McEnroe in the Plaza 1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Watch the Military Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony, in the Trackside Winner's Circle Approximately 1:23p.m.
Kentucky Derby & Oaks 145 artwork signing with artist Rhonda McEnroe in the Plaza 3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Woodford Reserve toast to the Kentucky Derby in Trackside Winner's Circle 5:13p.m.
Watch & listen to the National Anthem  Approximately 5:08p.m.
Watch the 50/50 Raffle Drawing -Location TBD Approximately 5:20p.m.
Watch the Track as the Kentucky Derby Contenders and their Connections walk from their barn to the Paddock, in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Race Approximately 6:06p.m.
Listen for the "Riders Up" call as the jockey's are instructed to mount their horses, and take to the track. Approximately 6:33p.m.
Sing "My Old Kentucky Home" with 160,000 fellow Kentucky Derby Fans Approximately 6:35p.m.
Watch "the most exciting two minutes in sports," the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve They're off at 6:50p.m.
Cheer as the Kentucky Derby Winning Horse is draped with a Garland of Roses and the Winning Connections are presented with the Kentucky Derby Trophy. Immediately following the Kentucky Derby Race
G.H.Mumm Champagne Spray in the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle Approximately 7:22p.m.


2019 Kentucky Derby Results

Finish Program
Horse Qualifying
Jockey Trainer Morning
Line Odds
Margin Winnings
1 20 Country House 50 Flavien Prat William I. Mott 30–1 65.20 ​1 3⁄4 $1,860,000
2 13 Code of Honor 74 John Velazquez Claude R. McGaughey 15–1 14.40 ​2 1⁄2 lengths $660,000
3 8 Tacitus 150 Jose Ortiz William I. Mott 10–1 5.80 ​3 1⁄4 lengths $300,000
4 5 Improbable 65 Irad Ortiz Jr. Bob Baffert 6–1 4.00 ​3 1⁄4 lengths $150,000
5 16 Game Winner 85 Joel Rosario Bob Baffert 5–1 6.80 ​3 3⁄4 lengths $90,000

Kentucky Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2019 Country House Flavien Prat William I. Mott
2018 Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert
2017 Always Dreaming John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher


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