It's the annual springtime ritual focusing on the biggest event in American racing — as the Kentucky Derby makes its way down the track on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
2019 Derby TV coverage & post time
This "greatest two minutes in sports" will air in a live telecast nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 4, 2019 beginning at 5PM with race post time set at 6:25PM ET (5:25PM Central; 4:25PM Mountain; and 3:25PM Pacific).
2019 post positions and top contenders
With the Kentucky Derby always scheduled on the first Saturday of May the 2019 Kentucky Derby post positions and morning line odds will be announced shortly several days before the big race. Traditionally announced on Wedsnesday, post positions were set a day earlier in 2018. So keep it here for more updates on when the 2019 Kentucky Derby post positions are officially drawn.
All about the Kentucky Derby
The first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby offers the largest purse of all three races - $2,000,000 - luring the year's best 3 year-olds to the starting gate.
Days before the race, horse racing fans check out the lineup to find out how they've run in the Stakes races of the season, along with graded earnings, and how the handicappers put it all together to come up with the odds on the leading contenders.
All the action takes place at
Churchill Downs in Louisville
on Saturday May 4, 2019.
Heart-pounding anticipation follows. Who will scratch at the last minute? Who will have the heart to lead the field at the finish?
The field is usually set by April. That's when winning horses (and well-placed finishers) have already proven themselves in the lead up to Kentucky.
Qualifying races include the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, UAE Derby, Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass, and Arkansas Derby. Each of these amass points that earns a spot in the Kentucky Derby field.
Kentucky Derby 2018 rewind
With rain in the forecast all day, it was the wettest Kentucky Derby Day on record, breaking the old mark of 2.31” in 1918. Yet there was no dampening of enthusiastic support for this year's favorite, Justify, who came tearing down a sloppy track amid a steady rain to handily won the 2018 Kentucky Derby.
Coming in second to place was Good Magic, followed by third place show finisher Audible. Payouts for the top finishers on a $2 bet were:
JUSTIFY - $7.80 to win, $6.00 to place, $4.40 to show
GOOD MAGIC - $9.20 to place, $6.60 to show
AUDIBLE - $5.80 to show
And, in case we haven't mentioned it, Justify just happened to go on to win the Preakness and Belmont Statkes -- becoming the first Triple Crown winner since American Pharoah in 2015, and the first undefeated Triple Crown winner (with a 6-0 record) since Seattle Slew in 1977.
Kentucky Derby - As race draws near there's all the news
that's fit to sprint - with feature articles, daily blog, pictures
and video clips, odds and latest lineup, breaking announcements.
Downs - The official site of the traditional Derby track featuring news,
story articles, betting info, event calendar, visitor information, track history.
Sports - Horse Racing - The official U.S. television station
with plenty of coverage in feature stories, analysis, predictions,
interviews, photo slide shows & video. Kentucky
Derby Museum - Your old Kentucky home meets hi-tech with multimedia presentations
on current exhibits. With schedules, hours, contact information, visitor guide,
membership info and more. Flash and QuickTime required.
Derby Post - The
latest news and archives of past races, tip sheets, Horse Betting 101, messageboards
and related links.
Kentucky Derby Festival Official
Site - A comprehensive schedule of events searchable by name, date or
location, here at the official online fest celebrating Louisville's excuse for
doing nothing but just horsing around all week.
Derby Day Party Ideas & Recipes
Derby Day Recipes - If you can't make it to the race, sit back and party
with do-it-yourself mint juleps, bourbon balls, Kentucky hot browns and a chocolately
horse race pie with some fresh whipped cream. Tool around the rest of this Derby
fan site for more history and color commentary on the big day.
Party Ideas - Recipes for Kentucky burgoo, derby pie, cucumber sandwiches,
mint juleps, bourbon slush plus lots of creative ideas for party themes, decorations
and setting up your own betting parlor.