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 5, 2018.
2018 Derby TV coverage & post time
This "greatest two minutes in sports" will air in a live telecast nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 5, 2018 beginning at 5PM with race post time set at 6:25PM ET (5:25PM Central; 4:25PM Mountain; and 3:25PM Pacific).
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 5, 2018.
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.
That said, morning line odds announced on May 1 show promising picks in heavyweight contenders Justify with odds at 3-1 and Mendelssohn at 5-1. Other odds-on favorites this year also include Magnum Moon at 6-1, Bolt d'Oro and Audible at 8-1 and Good Magic at 12-1.
UPDATE: And the Kentucky Derby WINNER is:
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
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.