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Miscellaneous Kentucky Derby

Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby



Churchill Downs Spring Meeting Opening Night: April 28, 2018. Meeting concludes Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Kentucky Derby: May 5, 2018
Preakness Stakes: May 19, 2018
Belmont Stakes: June 9, 2018

Churchill Downs gates Open: 8:00 a.m. ET Oaks day and Derby day
First post time is 10:30 a.m. ET Oaks day and Derby day
Kentucky Oaks Day General Admission
Day of Event $60
Kentucky Derby General Admission
Day of Event $80
Two Day Admission Tickets
Buy in advance for $105



Updated March 26, 2018

Race order will be set in program.


Sat. Apr. 28 Opening Night      
  $100,000 Wiliam Walker 3YO 5 Furlongs Turf
Thur. May 3 Thurby      
  $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile 2YO 5 Furlongs Dirt
  $65,000-added Opening Verse 3YO & up 1 mile Turf
Fri. May 4 Kentucky Oaks Day      
  $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) 3YO Fillies 1 1/8 Mile Dirt
  $350,000 La Troienne (GI) F&M 4YO & up 1 1/16 Mile Dirt
  $400,000 Alysheba (GII) 4YO & up 1 1/16 Mile Dirt
  $200,000 Eight Belles (GII) 3YO Fillies 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $200,000 Edgewood (GIII) 3YO Fillies 1 1/16 Mile Turf
  $200,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) 3YO & up 5 Furlongs Turf
Sat. May 5 Kentucky Derby Day      
  $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) 3YO 1 1/4 Mile Dirt
  $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic (GI) 4YO & up 1 1/8 Mile Turf
  $300,000 Humana Distaff (GI) F&M 4YO & up 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $500,000 Churchill Downs (GII) 4YO & up 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $300,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII) F&M 4YO & up 1 Mile Turf
  $300,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (GII) 3YO 1 1/16 Mile Turf
  $250,000 Pat Day Mile Presented by LG & E and KU (GIII) 3YO 1 1/16 Mile Dirt




All Times ET

Thurs., May 3 4:00 p.m. Kentucky Derby Access NBCSN
Fri., May 4 12:00 p.m. Undercard and Kentucky Oaks NBCSN
Fri., May 5 6:30 p.m.  My Kentucky Home NBCSN
Sat., May 5 12:00-2:30 p.m. Kentucky Derby undercard NBCSN
Sat., May 5 2:30-7:20 p.m. Kentucky Derby and undercard NBC


Fri., May 18 3:00 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 19 2:30 p.m. Preakness undercard NBCSN
Sat., May 19 5:00 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC


Fri., June 8 5:00-6:00 Belmont Access NBCSN
Sat., June 9 2:00-4:00 Belmont Stakes undercard NBCSN
Sat., June 9 4:00-7:00 Belmont Stakes NBC



The value of the 2018 Derby is $2,000,000 added. The winner will receive $1,240.000 guaranteed plus additional monies; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2017 Derby is $2,395,800. The winner will receive $1,635,800; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
The value of the 2016 Derby was $2,391,600.  The winner received $1,631,600; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
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.



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 – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is scheduled to occur at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2017 and to be streamed on Kentucky Derby Facebook and Twitter. 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 4, 2018 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.
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.


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 engineering analysis, testing and monitoring of track surfaces;
  • Postrace drug testing performed by a Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (“RMTC”) accredited laboratory; each sample is analyzed for more than 1,500 substances;
  • The banning of anabolic 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 and competition privileges for any owner or trainer who sells a horse for slaughter stabled at a CDI track;
  • Revocation of stall and competition privileges for any owner or trainer convicted of animal abuse;
  • The banning of unsafe horseshoes, including front shoe toe grabs longer than two millimeters;
  • The use of low-impact riding whips with restricted 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 per accident for jockeys paid for by CDI;
  • Mandatory and uniform reporting of equine injuries to The Jockey Club’s national Equine Injury Database System, thereby assisting in the compilation of comprehensive data and facilitating statistical analysis to improve safety around the country;
  • Professionally designed and installed safety rails on the inside of the dirt and turf course;
  • Mandatory usage by all jockeys, exercise riders, assistant starters 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;
  • Protocols for the treatment of horses that have been injured during racing or training, to ensure the most humane treatment possible;
  • Encouraging anyone that suspects any wrongdoing or witnesses improper conduct at all CDI tracks to speak up immediately via the independent and national office of the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau’s Integrity hotline at (866) 847-8772 or integrity@trpb.com; and
  • Certification by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety & Integrity Alliance program of all three CDI tracks.


Security procedures and policies for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks include the following prohibited and permitted items listed here.



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