Kentucky Derby Betting

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

The 144th 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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Kentucky Derby Day 2018
Race 1 10:30am WPS EX DD P3
Race 2 11:01am WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 3 11:31am WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 4 12:03pm WPS EX DD P3 
Race 5 12:35pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 6 1:13pm WPS EX DD P3 
Race 7 1:55pm WPS EX DD P3 P6 ()
Race 8 2:45pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 9 3:37pm WPS EX DD P3 P4
Race 10 4:28pm WPS EX DD P3 P5
Race 11 5:25pm WPS EX DD P3 P4 (Old Forester Turf Classic)
Race 12 6:50pm WPS EX DD P3 SH5 (Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve)
Race 13 7:50pm WPS EX DD
Race 14 8:20PM WPS EX


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 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


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