Miscellaneous Kentucky Derby
Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby
IMPORTANT DATES, DERBY/OAKS GENERAL ADMISSION COST
Churchill Downs Spring Meeting Opening Night: April 30, 2016. Meeting concludes Saturday, July 2, 2016.
Kentucky Derby: May 7, 2016
Preakness Stakes: May 21, 2016
Belmont Stakes: June 11, 2016
Churchill Downs gates Open: 8:00 a.m. ET Oaks and Derby Days
Kentucky Oaks Day General Admission
Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 at Midnight ET $30
Jan. 1 to April 24 at Midnight ET $35
April 25 to Day of Event $40
Kentucky Derby General Admission
Nov. 12 to Dec. 31 at Midnight ET $50
Jan. 1 to April 24 at Midnight ET $55
April 25 to Day of Event $60
KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND STAKES
Posted April 4, 2016
Race order will be set in program.
Friday, May 6, 2016, KENTUCKY OAKS DAY
142nd running of the $1,000,000 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), 1 1/8 mile, 3YO fillies
31st running $300,000 La Troienne (GI), 1 1/16 mile, 4YO and up fillies and mares
13th running, $400,000 Alysheba (GII), 1 1/16 mile, 4YO and up
61st running $200,000 Eight Belles (GII), seven furlongs, 3YO fillies
22nd running $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII), five furlongs (T), 4YO and up
32nd running $150,000 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank (GIII), 1 1/16 mile (T), 3YO fillies
Saturday, May 7, 2016, KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
142nd running $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), 1 1/4 mile, 3YO
30th running $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), 1 1/8-mile (T), 4YO and up
30th running $300,000 Humana Distaff (GI), seven furlongs, 4YO and up fillies and mares
82nd running $500,000 Churchill Downs (GII), seven furlongs, 4YO and up
31st running $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines (GII), one mile (T), 4YO and up fillies and mares
25th running $300,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (GII), 1 1/16 mile (T), 3YO
92nd running $250,000 Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU (GIII), one mile, 3YO
All Times ET
May 4 5:30 - 6:00 pm ET Post Position Draw NBC Sports Network Live Streaming at NBC Sports Live Extra
May 6 12:30 - 6:00 pm ET Kentucky Oaks 142 NBC Sports Network
May 7 12:00 - 4:00 pm ET Derby Undercard NBC Sports Network
May 7 4:00 - 7:30 pm ET Kentucky Derby 142 NBC
6:34 pm ET Kentucky Derby Post Time
KENTUCKY DERBY PURSE STRUCTURE
The purse of the 2016 Kentucky Derby will be $2,000,000 guaranteed.
The value of the 2015 Derby was $2,178,800. The winner received $1,418,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
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.
KENTUCKY DERBY POST POSITION DRAW; ALSO-ELIGIBLE LIST
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. Here are the details:
POST POSITION DRAW DETAILS – As of this post on April 4, 2016, the Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is expected to be at 5:00 ET on May 4. Up to 24 horses may enter the race for 20 post positions, with up to four horses listed as “also eligible” ranked in order. They could draw into the field should any horse or horses be scratched before scratch time on Friday, May 6, 2016 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.
KENTUCKY DERBY PREFERENCE RULES AND ELIGIBILITY
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.
Starting in 2014, horses not nominated to the Triple Crown that are supplemented with a payment of $200,000 are on the same footing as early nominees. Horses with sufficient points make the Derby field. Previously, nominated horses had preference over supplemented horses.
CHURCHILL DOWNS SAFETY INITIATIVES FOR KENTUCKY OAKS AND KENTUCKY DERBY
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.
OAKS/DERBY SECURITY PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
Last Updated April 28, 2016
Security procedures and policies for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include the following prohibited and permitted items listed here.