It's the annual springtime ritual focusing on the biggest event in American racing — as the Kentucky Derby make its way down the track on Saturday, May 7, 2016.
The first jewel in the Triple Crown, the Run for the Roses offers the largest purse - $2,000,000 - bringing out all of the best 3 year-olds up to the challenge.
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 7, 2016.
Heart-pounding anticipation follows. Who will scratch at the last minute? Who will have the heart to lead the field at the finish?
This year's Kentucky Derby favorites race down the track in a live telecast airing nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 7, 2016 beginning at 5PM with race post time set at 6:25PM ET (5:25PM Central; 4:25PM Mountain; and 3:25PM Pacific).
2016 Kentucky Derby contenders
Early odds on Kentucky Derby favorites are usually set on 3-year-olds who have performed well in the recent past. That said, there is currently a neck-and-neck battle between two likely favorites this year -- Nyquist (winner of the 2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile) and Gun Runner (winner of the 2016 Louisiana Derby).
Coming up from behind are hopefuls Exaggerator, Brody's Cause, Mohaymen (who made an impressive showing at the Holy Bull Stakes in January) and Outwork, winner of this year's Wood Memorial Stakes.
Rounding out the top leaders heading for the 2016 Kentucky Derby lineup are Lani, Flexibility, and Mor Spirit, followed by Danzing Candy, Destin, Cupid, and Oscar Nominated.
Of course, it's still a few weeks to go before May. Stay tuned ...
Kentucky Derby 2015 recap
It was near perfect weather and a steady track (with attendance figures breaking the record of 165,307 set in 2012) as the 141st edition of the Kentucky Derby kicked off the annual Triple Crown contest at Churchill Downs.
This year's favorite, American Pharoah -- along with Dortmund, Firing Line, and Carpe Diem -- were out in front heading into the backstretch when American Pharoah swept past Firing Line and Dortmund in the final stretch to win the 141st Kentucky Derby.
American Pharoah made it to the finish line to win in 2 minutes, 3.02 seconds. American Pharoah's jockey, Victor Espinoza, became the sixth jockey to win back-to-back Kentucky Derbys after having ridden the 2014 Kentucky Derby favorite, California Chrome, for the win last year.
American Pharoah paid $7.80, $5.80 and $4.20. Firing Line returned $8.40 and $5.20 and Dortmund paid $4.20 for placing.
The order of finish behind American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund was Frosted in 4th, Danzig Moon 5th, Materiality 6th, Keen Ice 7th, Mubtaahij 8th, Itsaknockout 9th, Carpe Diem 10th, Frammento 11th, Bolo 12th, Mr. Z 13th, Ocho Ocho Ocho 14th, Far Right 15th, War Story 16th, Tencendur 17th and Upstart 18th.
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.