Miscellaneous Derby 140
Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby
IMPORTANT DATES, DERBY/OAKS GENERAL ADMISSION COST
Churchill Downs Spring Meeting Opening Night: April 26, 2014. Meeting concludes Sunday, June 29, 2014.
Kentucky Derby: May 3, 2013
Preakness Stakes: May 17, 2013
Belmont Stakes: June 7, 2013
Churchill Downs gates Open: 8:00 a.m. ET Oaks and Derby Days
KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND STAKES
Friday, May 2, 2014, KENTUCKY OAKS DAY
Grade I Kentucky Oaks, Fillies, 3-Year-Olds, $1,000,000, 1 1/8 Mile
Grade I La Troienne, Fillies and Mares, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $300,000 added, 1 1/16 Mile
Grade II Alysheba Presented by Besilu Stables, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $300,000 added, 1 1/16 Mile
Grade III Eight Belles, Fillies, 3-Year-Olds, $175,000 added, Seven Furlongs
Grade III Twin Spires Turf Sprint, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $150,000 added, Five Furlongs (T)
Edgewood Stakes Presented by Forcht Bank, 3-Year-Old Fillies, $150,000, 1 1/16 Mile (T)
Saturday, May 3, 2014, KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, 3-Year-Olds, $2,000,000 guaranteed, 1 1/4 Mile
Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $500,000, 1 1/8 Mile (T)
Grade I Humana Distaff, Fillies and Mares, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $300,000 added, Seven Furlongs
Grade II Churchill Downs, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $400,000 added, Seven Furlongs
Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by Longines, Fillies and Mares, 4-Year-Olds and Up, $300,000 added, One Mile (T)
Grade II American Turf, 3-Year-Olds, $250,000 added, 1 1/16 Mile (T)
All Times ET
Florida Derby, March 29, NBC Sports Group
Santa Anita Derby, April 5, NBC Sports Group
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, April 12, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Fox Sports 1
NBC SPORTS GROUP TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE SPECIFICS TBA
KENTUCKY DERBY PURSE STRUCTURE
The purse of the 2014 Kentucky Derby will be $2,000,000 guaranteed. In 2014, the winner is guaranteed 62% of the purse, second 20%, third 10%, fourth 5% and fifth 3%. From the official rules: From the guaranteed purse of $2,000,000, "the winner shall receive $1,240,000, second place shall receive $400,000, third place shall receive $200,000, fourth place shall receive $100,000 and fifth place shall receive $60,000 (the Guaranteed Purse to each place to be divided equally in the event of a dead heat)."
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. The pill pull will be held at Churchill Downs on Wednesday, April 30. Here are the details:
POST POSITION DRAW DETAILS – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is TBA. 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 2, 2014 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 that is 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 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 he Triple Crown that are supplemented with a payment of $200,000 are on the same footing as early nominees. If such a horse has sufficient points, the horse will 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 18, 2013
Security procedures and policies for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include:
--Magnetic wand searches of patrons at all track entrance gates.
--Limits on carry-in items for patrons and employees.
--Visibility of security personnel in all areas of the track.
--Placement of barriers outside the track’s admission gates.
--Security sweeps of all vehicles that enter the track.
--Vehicles parked in all Churchill Downs lots are subject to search.
All patrons who enter Churchill Downs will be subject to an electronic wand search at ALL admission gates, and employee, vendor and media entrances. All items carried into the track by persons passing through those gates are subject to search by officers from Churchill Downs security and its law enforcement partners. Searches could occur outside or inside the track’s admission gates. Prohibited items removed during the admissions process will not be held for retrieval at the conclusion of those racing programs.
Alcoholic beverages of any kind will not be allowed.
All patrons at Churchill Downs are subject to scans by magnetic wands before their entry to the track on those days.
items permitted for carry-in to Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby Days include (WITH CHANGES FROM 2012 IN CAPS):
Purses, but NONE LARGER THAN 12 INCHES IN ANY DIMENSION (all subject to search);
Baby/diaper bags – ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILD (all subject to search);
SMALL CAMERAS, BUT NONE EQUIPPED WITH DETACHABLE LENSES OR LENSES MORE THAN 6 INCHES;
Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags – limit of two bags per person);
“Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags);
Sunscreen (non-glass containers only);
Small personal music systems, radios and televisions (no boomboxes)
Cellular telephones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn devices on);
Seat cushions (without back);
Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child);
Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY);
Blankets & Tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY).
Items that may not be carried in to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Days include (NEW ITEMS IN 2013 IN CAPS):
COOLERS (Styrofoam coolers and ice available at infield purchase points at prices comparable to those at off-track retailers)
CANS, glass bottles or containers
CAMERAS WITH DETACHABLE LENSES
CAMERAS WITH LENSES MORE THAN SIX INCHES IN LENGTH
PURSES LARGER THAN 12 INCHES IN ANY DIMENSION
POP UP AND PATRON TENTS, STAKES AND POLES
Luggage (includes briefcases);
Weapons (including knives).
NOISEMAKERS AND AIR HORNS
LASER LIGHTS AND POINTERS
MACE, PEPPER SPRAY OR OTHER PERSONAL DEFENSE SPRAYS