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Miscellaneous Kentucky Derby

Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby



Churchill Downs Spring Meeting Opening Night: April 25, 2015. Meeting concludes Saturday, June 27, 2015.

Kentucky Derby: May 2, 2015
Preakness Stakes: May 16, 2015
Belmont Stakes: June 6, 2015

Churchill Downs gates Open: 8:00 a.m. ET Oaks and Derby Days
General admission tickets are $55 in advance online or $60 at the gate for the Derby, and $35 in advance or $40 at the gate for the Oaks.


Posted Feb. 6, 2015

Race order will be set in program.

Friday, May 1, 2015,  KENTUCKY OAKS DAY

141st  running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), 1 1/8 mile, 3YO fillies
30th running $300,000 La Troienne (GI), 1 1/16 mile, 4YO and up fillies and mares
12th running, $400,000 Alysheba (GII), 1 1/16 mile, 4YO and up
60th running $200,000 Eight Belles (GIII), seven furlongs, 3YO fillies
21st running $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII), five furlongs (T), 4YO and up
31st running $150,000 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank (GIII), 1 1/16 mile (T), 3YO fillies


Saturday, May 2, 2015, KENTUCKY DERBY DAY

141st running $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), 1 1/4 mile, 3YO
29th running $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), 1 1/8-mile (T), 4YO and up
29th running $300,000 Humana Distaff (GI), seven furlongs, 4YO and up fillies and mares
81st running $500,000 Churchill Downs (GII), seven furlongs, 4YO and up
30th running $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (GII), one mile (T), 4YO and up fillies and mares
24th running $250,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (GII), 1 1/16 mile (T), 3YO
91st running $200,000 Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU (GIII), one mile, 3YO



All Times ET

April 29: Kentucky Derby Draw, 5:30pm-6:00pm – (NBC Sports Network)
April 30: Kentucky Derby Classics and Access, 4:00pm-6:00pm – (NBCSN)
May 1: Kentucky Derby Classics, 2:00-3:00pm – (NBCSN)
May 1: Kentucky Oaks, 3:00pm-6:00pm – (NBCSN)
May 2: Kentucky Derby Prep, 12:00pm-4:00pm (NBCSN)
May 2: Kentucky Derby Race, 4:00pm-7:00pm – NBC
May 2: Kentucky Derby Post Race Interview, 7:00pm-7:30pm (NBCSN)

May 15: NBCSN Preakness Classic; 3:00-4:00 pm
May 15: NBCSN Black-Eyed Susan; 4:00-5:00 pm
May 16: NBCSN Preakness Saturday; 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
MAY 16: NBC The 140th PREAKNESS STAKES; 4:30 – 6:30 pm
May 16: NBCSN Preakness Post-Race Show; 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Belmont Stakes
June 5: NBCSN Belmont Stakes Classics, 3:30-4:300 pm
June 5: NBCSN Belmont Stakes Access, 4:30-6:00 pm
June 6: NBCSN Belmont Stakes Prep, 2:30-5:00 pm
June 6: NBC Belmont Stakes 5:00-7:00 pm
June 6: NBCSN Belmont Stakes Post Race Interview, 7:00-7:30 pm



The purse of the 2015 Kentucky Derby will be $2,000,000 guaranteed
The value of the 2014 Derby was $2,177,800.  The winner received $1,417,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2013 Derby was $2,174,800. The winner received $1,414,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2012 Derby was $2,219,600. The winner received $1,459,600; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2011 Derby was $2,171,800. The winner received $1,411,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2010 Derby was $2,185,200. The winner received $1,425,200; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.

The value of the 2009 Derby was $2,177,200. The winner received $1,417,200; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.

The value of the 2008 Derby was $2,211,800. The winner received $1,451,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.



For the Kentucky Derby post position draw, a traditional pill pull is used. Horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine the stall a horse will break from the starting gate. The pill pull will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, April 29. Here are the details:
POST POSITION DRAW DETAILS – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is 5:00 ET on April 29. It will televised live on NBC Sports Network. Up to 24 horses may enter the race. Up to four horses can be listed as “also eligible” and would be ranked in order. They could draw into the field should any horse or horses be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
In 2010, Churchill Downs put away the two-step process for post positions in the Kentucky Derby -- whereby pills were pulled and connections chose a post position -- and returned to the traditional method, a simple pill pull used at tracks every day.
Track spokesman John Asher said in 2010 that some connections wanted the change. “There has been some sentiment through the years among some owners and trainers to return to the traditional blind draw,” Asher said. “We evaluate all parts of the Derby experience following each year's renewal, and the time simply felt right to return this year to the 'pill pull' format that has been part of the Kentucky Derby for the bulk of its 135-year history."
Since 2012 there has been an “also-eligible” list  maintained for the first time since the 1982-1983 Derbies. Up to four horses will be named on the AE list for both the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.

Only 3-year-old colts, geldings are fillies are eligible for the Kentucky Derby. In general, the race is limited to 20 starters, with preference given to those with the most points in a series of races called The Road to the Kentucky Derby.
Up to 24 horses may enter the Kentucky Derby, with 20 qualifying for the starting gate. Up to four horses will be listed as “also eligible” and ranked in order. They could draw into the field with scratches from the top 20.

If two or more horses have the same number of points, which can be the case whenever a point system is introduced, the tiebreaker to get into the Kentucky Derby or Kentucky Oaks will be earnings in non-restricted stakes races, whether they are graded or not. In the case of remaining ties, the tiebreaker shall be determined by lot (a "shake").

In the event of a dead-heat in a Road to the Kentucky Derby race, those horses will divide equally the points they would have received jointly had one beaten the other.
In 2014, for the first time, horses not nominated to the Triple Crown that were supplemented with a payment of $200,000 were on the same footing as early nominees. Horses with sufficient points make the Derby field. Previously, nominated horses had preference over supplemented horses.


For more information, please visit our Triple Crown Nominations Page.



The key initiatives that are in place for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby, as well as at CDI tracks, are as follows:

    * Independent, standardized third-party testing and monitoring of track surfaces;
    * “Supertesting” of all winning horses for more than 100 performance-enhancing drugs for every race;
    * Age restrictions requiring Thoroughbreds to be at least 24 calendar months of age before becoming eligible to race;
    * The banning of steroids;
    * The prohibition of “milkshaking”, which results in excessive levels of total carbon dioxide in Thoroughbred racehorses;
    * Prohibiting the transport of horses from CDI facilities for slaughter;
    * Permanent revocation of stall privileges for any owner or trainer who sells a horse for slaughter that was previously stabled at a CDI track;
    * The banning of unsafe horseshoes, including front shoe toe grabs longer than two millimeters;
    * The use of low-impact riding whips with limited usage rules;
    * The presence of on-site medical personnel, equipment, and state-of-the-art equine ambulances;
    * Immediate online access to jockey medical histories for emergency medical personnel;
    * $1 million in catastrophic injury insurance coverage for jockeys;
    * Mandatory and uniform reporting of equine injuries to the Equine Injury Database System, thereby assisting in the compilation of statistics and trends to improve safety conditions around the country;
    * Professionally designed and installed safety rails on the inside of the dirt courses;
    * Mandatory usage by all jockeys, exercise riders and other on-track personnel of safety vests and safety helmets that meet internationally acknowledged quality standards;
    * 3/8-inch foam padding on all parts of the starting gates;
    * Inspection of all horses by regulatory veterinarians prior to and following all races;
    * Review of security procedures around the barns and other racetrack backstretch areas; and
    * Continued maintenance of protocols for the treatment of horses that have been injured during racing or training, to ensure the most humane treatment possible.

Last Updated April 9, 2015

Security procedures and policies for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include the following.

As it retains the 2013 adjusted roster of security and hospitality policies, Churchill Downs officials are again asking Derby and Oaks patrons to be aware during their visits on both days and to heed a simple, but important, reminder: “If you see something, say something.”

Most prominent among the policies for this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are the following banned items:

  • COOLERS (Styrofoam coolers, ice available at infield purchase points)
  • CANS (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
  • POP UP OR PATRON TENTS – no poles or stakes of any kind
  • Laptop Computers and Camcorders
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6” or longer
  • Tripods
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Purses larger than 12” in any dimension
  • Grills
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal Substances
  • Thermoses
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage (includes briefcases)
  • Duffel bags
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons (including knives)
  • Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays
  • Remote controlled aircraft
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals for guests with disabilities)
  • Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate

Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2015 list have been in place since sweeping changes to those policies were formulated by the track and its security and safety partners and adopted for the 2002 Kentucky Derby.

Among the items permitted for carry-in on both days are:

  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags)*
  • “Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags)
  • Water and soft drinks – plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
  • Purses, but none larger than 12” in any dimension (subject to search)
  • Baby/diaper bags – only if accompanied by a child (subject to search)
  • Small cameras – none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6” or more **
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen (non-glass containers only)
  • Small personal music systems, radios and televisions** (No boom boxes)
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets**
  • Seat cushions smaller than 15"X15" that do not contain metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flaps
  • Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child)
  • Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY)
  • Blankets & tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY)

* Limit of two bags per person

** Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items

“If you see something, say something” is an important thought for all to remember.

As has been the case since 2002, when security procedures were completely overhauled following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous autumn, all patrons entering the track on those days are subject to electronic wand scans.

The complete list of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks patron “do’s and don’ts” may be viewed here.



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