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Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby
IMPORTANT DATES, DERBY/OAKS GENERAL ADMISSION COST
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
KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND STAKES
Friday, May 1, 2015, KENTUCKY OAKS DAY
Saturday, May 2, 2015, KENTUCKY DERBY DAY
All Times ET
April 29: Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw, NBC Sports Network, 5:00 p.m
KENTUCKY DERBY PURSE STRUCTURE
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
EXPERIMENTAL FREE HANDICAP
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, 2014
Security procedures and policies for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include the following.
The list mirrors the revised list of policies and procedures from 2013 that was issued following the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
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:
--A ban on carry-in coolers. Patrons will not be allowed bring their own coolers; however, coolers and ice will be available at several infield purchase points;
--Purses or bags measuring more than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed through any admission gate;
--Cans of any size or type and glass bottles and containers will not be permitted;
--Patron and pop-up tents are prohibited. Poles and stakes of any kind are not permitted.
--A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or more, camcorders and tripods;
Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2014 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 and box lunches contained in clear plastic bags or clear plastic containers measuring no larger than 18” x 18”;
--Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed and unopened;
--Sunscreen in non-glass containers only;
--Purses measuring less than 12” in any dimension, and baby and diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.
--Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets. patrons could be required to turn on electronic items before being allowed to enter the track;
--Small cameras with non-detachable lenses no longer than six inches.
“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.