Kentucky Derby Betting

Location: Louisville Kentucky
Track: Churchill Downs
When: May 4th- 5th, 2018
Purse: $2 million.

The 143rd renewals the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on the first weekend in May headline a roster of 26 stakes events 23 of which are graded races scheduled for Churchill Downs Race Track’s 2018 Spring Meet highlighted by six Grade races and total stakes purses of $8.25 million.

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 2011?Clark 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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2017 Kentucky Derby
(Race per week )

May 3 Post Position Draw 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM NBC SPORTS NETWORK
May 3 Kentucky Oaks 143 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM NBC SPORTS NETWORK
May 3 Derby Undercard 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM NBC SPORTS NETWORK
May 6 Kentucky Derby 143 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM NBC

Below are some of the contenders that will possibly run the day of the race. There are about 30 contenders for the race but, these are the most likely ones will be confirmed a place at the event.

2017 Kentucky Derby Contenders

Rank Horse Points Earnings Trainer
1 Girvin 150 $840,000 Joe Sharp
2 Classic Empire 132 $2,093,820 Mark Casse
3 Gormley 125 $884,000 John Shirreffs
4 Irap 113 $738,000 Doug O'Neill
5 Irish War Cry 110 $616,660 H. Motion
6 Thunder Snow (IRE) 100 $1,621,063 Saeed bin Suroor
7 Always Dreaming 100 $589,000 Todd Pletcher
8 Gunnevera 84 $1,134,200 Antonio Sano
9 Practical Joke 74 $966,000 Chad Brown
10 J Boys Echo 63 $305,000 Dale Romans
11 State of Honor 62 $280,000 Mark Casse
12 Mastery 60 $480,000 Bob Baffert
13 Tapwrit 54 $280,000 Todd Pletcher
14 Malagacy 50 $570,000 Todd Pletcher
15 Hence 50 $401,429 Steven Asmussen
16 McCraken 40 $335,320 Ian Wilkes
17 Battle of Midway 40 $224,000 Jerry Hollendorfer
18 Patch 40 $200,000 Todd Pletcher

Leaderboard 2017

1 Gunnevera 64
2 Mastery 60
3 Tapwrit 54
4 J Boys Echo 53
5 Girvin 50

2017 Kentucky Derby Results

1 13 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill -----
2 11 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux Keith J. Desormeaux 1 �
3 5 Gun Runner Florent Geroux Steven M. Asmussen 4 �
4 14 Mohaymen� Junior Alvarado Kiaran P. McLaughlin 4 �
5 2 Suddenbreakingnews Luis Quinonez Donnie K. Von Hemel 4 �

Kentucky Derby Past Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2017 Always Dreaming John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher
2016 Nyquist Mario Gutierrez Doug O'Neill
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman
2013 Orb Joel Rosario Claude McGaughey III


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