Kentucky Derby Basics
Churchill Downs Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Distance: 1¼ miles (10 furlongs)
Track: Dirt, Left-handed
Weight: Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lbs. (54.9 kg)
Purse: US$2 million, 1st $1,425,000
Number of Horses In Race
The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race in the United States. It's always run on the first Saturday in May and is often called "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" or "The Run for the Roses." The race takes place at Churchill Downs Racetrack from Louisville, Kentucky and features the top three-year-old horses in the world.
Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the 2019 Kentucky Derby but his victory was wiped out by disqualification. Country House was second and was bumped up to first for the win. Flavien Prat was the winning jockey and William I. Mott was the trainer, both winning for the first time. Check out all the past winners.
The odds for the Kentucky Derby are created by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. The official morning-line odds are announced after the post positions for the field have been set, which is normally announced on Wednesday before Saturday's race. Prior to the draw, gamblers can check out fixed odds at various betting shops.
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The 145th running of the Kentucky Derby watched Country House, a 65/1 betting long shot, get awarded first place after Maximum Security was disqualified for interference. Code of Honor moved up to second while Tacitus captured third and that combo created big payouts.
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