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MAIN Arrow to RecreationRecreation Arrow to SportsSports Arrow to Horse RacingHorse Racing Arrow to Kentucky Derby2016 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky DerbyIt'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.

churchill downs racetrack
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?

2016 post positions and top contenders

With the Kentucky Derby always scheduled on the first Saturday of May the 2016 Kentucky Derby post positions and morning line odds will be announced on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 with a traditional live report expected at 5PM airing on the NBC Sports Network.

2016 Derby TV coverage & post time

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.

also see -> 10 Tips for Betting the Kentucky Derby

Elsewhere around the Web, enjoy the stories of past winners, history and trivia that make the Kentucky Derby much more than just another horse race.

Mint Juleps and the Hat Parade are just some of the fun surrounding this race at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Also discover complete Kentucky Derby party ideas, as well as tips on traveling to Kentucky for this year's derby — plus everything else you ever wanted to know about the Run for the Roses and the Triple Crown ....

More about the Kentucky Derby around the Web:

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.

Churchill Downs - The official site of the traditional Derby track featuring news, story articles, betting info, event calendar, visitor information, track history.

NBC 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.

Kentucky Derby Day Party Ideas & Recipes

Kentucky 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.

Derby 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.


also see -> Preakness | Belmont | Ascot Week | Breeders Cup


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