The Kentucky Derby traditionally runs each year on the first Saturday in May.
This year, "the greatest two minutes in sports" took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 with a start time of approx. 6;57PM ET
All the action takes place
this year at Churchill Downs
on Saturday May 7, 2022.
2022 Kentucky Derby TV coverage & post time
Horse racing fans watched the Kentucky Derby televised live nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 7, 2022 beginning at 5PM ET with post time set at approx, 6:57pm ET (5:57PM CT, 4:57PM MT, and 3:57PM PT).
Blue Grass winner Zandon was picked the 3-1 favorite and drew the No. 10 post position in a total field of 20.
Louisiana Derby winner Epicenter was the no. 2 choice in the morning line at 7-2 with the No. 3 post. Other favorites in the lineup include Messier at 8-1, Mo Donegal at 10-1, and Taiba at 12-1.
And, just to make things interesting Smile Happy at 20-1 drew the "lucky" No. 5 gate and was our favorite dark horse to watch coming down the stretch on Saturday.
And the 2022 Kentucky Derby winner is ...
In a shocker that saw a REALLY dark horse coming in first, Rich Strike lived up to his name (with longshot odds at 80-1) -- and made Kentucky Derby history with one of its most momentous upsets ever!
A last minute replacement after drawing in with a scratch on Friday, Rich Strike came in first ahead of favorites Epicenter in second place and Zandon in third place.
At 80-1 odds, Rich Strike now has the second-longest odds to ever win the Kentucky Derby. In 1913, Donerail won from the No. 1 post at 91-1 odds. In 2019, Country Home won at 65-1 odds, which is now the third-longest odds ever.
2022 Kentucky Derby payouts
Rich Strike: WIN: $163.60 PLACE $74.20 SHOW $29.40 (on a $2 bet)
Epicenter PLACE $7.40 SHOW $5.20
Zandon: SHOW: $5.60
All about the Kentucky Derby "the greatest two minutes in sports"
Traditionally 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.
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.
2022 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.