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.
Always Dreaming captured the Kentucky Derby in 2017 as the 9/2 betting favorite. The colt won by 2 3/4 lengths in a time of 2:03.59 and was ridden by jockey John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher. The Derby victory for Velazquez was his second overall and also the second win for Pletcher in the first jewel as well. 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 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby watched Always Dreaming, the 9/2 bettng favorite, outlast Lookin at Lee (33/1) and Battle of Midway (40/1) for the win. Classic Empire, (6/1) was jostled early and had to go wide but rallied to finish fourth and create big payouts.
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