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The Kentucky Derby traditionally runs each year on the first Saturday in May.

The landmark 150th Kentucky Derby took place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 featuring the largest purse of any thoroughbred race at $2,000,000.

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2024 Kentucky Derby TV coverage & post time

Horse racing fans watched the Kentucky Derby televised live nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 4, 2024 beginning at 5PM ET with post time set at 6:57pm ET (5:57PM CT, 4:57PM MT, and 3:57PM PT).

2024 post positions and top contenders

2024 Kentucky Derby post positions and morning line odds were announced on Saturday, April 27, 2024 -- two days earlier than usual,rather than the Monday before the race.

Oodds-on favorites included top pick Fierceness, followed by Catching Freedom. Forever Young, Sierra Leone, Honor Marie, and Durnoch.

And the 2024 Kentucky Derby winner is ....

A muddy track didn't stop underdog Mystik Dan (at 16-1 odds) from tearing down the track to win the 150th Kentucky Derby in a thrilling neck-in-neck photo finish with Sierra Leone who came in second. Forever Young came in a close third.

At the track, excitement was at high pitch at the most heavily-attended Derbys in years -- with 156,710 people cheering on their favorites during what was truly an "amazing race".

2024 Kentucky Derby payouts

A $2 win bet on Mystik Dan paid $39.22.

A $2 exacta bet on Mystik Dan and Sierra Leone paid $258.56.


also see -> 2024 Preakness | 2024 Belmont

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.

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:

2024 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.

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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