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
|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
|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
|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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