The Kentucky Derby traditionally runs each year on the first Saturday in May.
The landmark 150th Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, May 4, 2024 with a start time of approx. 6;45PM ET featuring the largest purse of any thoroughbred race at $2,000,000.
All the action takes place
at Churchill Downs on
Saturday May 4, 2024..
2024 Kentucky Derby TV coverage & post time
Horse racing fans can watch the Kentucky Derby televised live nationwide on NBC on Saturday, May 4, 2024 beginning at 5PM ET with post time set at approx, 6:57pm ET (5:57PM CT, 4:57PM MT, and 3:57PM PT).
Although the race is still months away, the leaderboard of early favorites already includes two from Todd Pletcher's stables, Fierceness and Locked. Other three year olds to watch this year include Mystic Dan, Honor Marie, Track Phantom and Nysos.
Plus keep it here for further updates -- including this year's odds-on favorites as another Triple Crown season kicks off at Churchil Downs in May.
2023 Kentucky Derby rewind
With runaway favorite Forte scratched on Saturday, (joinging four other horses scratched earlier in the week -- including Practical Move, Lord Miles, Continuar, and Skinner) the top contenders suddenly became Tapit Trice (going into the race at 9/2 odds), and Angel of Empire (also at 9/2) ), joined by Derma Sotogake (8-1), and Two Phil's (8-1)
BUT -- this being a horse race -- it was dark horse Mage emerged as winner of this year's Derby, In an already chaotic lead-iup to the race,.at 16-1 odds Mage pulled off a magic trick that included first-time Kentucky Derby wins for both trainer Gustavo Delgado and his Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano.
Coming in second was Two Phil's and in third Angel of Empire.
2023 Kentucky Derby payouts
Mage paid $32.42 to win, $14.58 to place and $9/08 to show.
Two Phil’s paid $10.44 to place and $6.52 to show.
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.
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.
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.
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.