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Miscellaneous Kentucky Derby


Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby


 


IMPORTANT DATES, DERBY/OAKS GENERAL ADMISSION COST

Churchill Downs Spring Meeting Opening Night: April 25, 2020. Meeting concludes Saturday, June 27, 2020.

Kentucky Derby: May 2, 2020
Preakness Stakes: May 16, 2020
Belmont Stakes: June 6, 2020

Typically, Churchill Downs gates Open: 8:00 a.m. ET Oaks day and Derby day
, and first post time is 10:30 a.m. ET Oaks day and Derby day
 


KENTUCKY DERBY WEEKEND STAKES

Updated March 26, 2018

Race order will be set in program.

Sat. Apr. 25 Opening Night      
  $150,000 Wiliam Walker 3YO 5 Furlongs Turf
         
Tue April 28 $90,.000 Champions Day Marathon 3YO & up 1 1/2 Mile Dirt
         
Wed. April 29 $150,000 Kentucky Juvenile 2YO 5 Furlongs Dirt
         
Thur. April 30 Thurby      
  $150,000 Unbridled Sydney F&M 3YO & up 5.5 Furlongs Turf
  $90,000-added Opening Verse 3YO & up 1 Mile Turf
         
Fri. May 1 Kentucky Oaks Day      
  $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) 3YO Fillies 1 1/8 Mile Dirt
  $500,000 La Troienne (GI) F&M 4YO & up 1 1/16 Mile Dirt
  $400,000 Alysheba (GII) 4YO & up 1 1/16 Mile Dirt
  $300,000 Eight Belles (GII) 3YO Fillies 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $300,000 Edgewood (GII) pres. by Forcht Bank 3YO Fillies 1 1/16 Mile Turf
  $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GII) 3YO & up 5.5 Furlongs Turf
         
Sat. May 2 Kentucky Derby Day      
  $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) 3YO 1 1/4 Mile Dirt
  $1,000,000 Old Forester BourbonTurf Classic (GI) 4YO & up 1 1/8 Mile Turf
  $500,000 Derby City Distaff (GI) F&M 4YO & up 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $500,000 Churchill Downs (GI) 4YO & up 7 Furlongs Dirt
  $500,000 Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII) F&M 4YO & up 1 Mile Turf
  $500,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (GII) 3YO 1 1/16 Mile Turf
  $500,000 Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU (GII) 3YO 1 1/16 Mile Dirt

 



TV COVERAGE

All Times ET - Details pending


Thurs. April 30      
Fri. May 1   Undercard and Kentucky Oaks  
Fri., May 1   My Kentucky Home  
Sat., May 2   Kentucky Derby undercard  
Sat., May 2   Kentucky Derby and undercard NBC

 

PREAKNESS STAKES
Fri., May 15   Black Eyed Susan Stakes  
Sat., May 16   Preakness undercard  
Sat., May 16   Preakness Stakes NBC
     

 

BELMONT STAKES
Fri., June 5   Belmont Access  
Sat., June 6   Belmont Stakes undercard  
Sat., June 6   Belmont Stakes and undercard NBC

 



KENTUCKY DERBY PURSE STRUCTURE


The value of the 2020 Derby is $3,000,000. The winner receives $1,860.000; second: $600,000; third: $300,000; fourth: $150,000; fifth: $90,000.
 
The value of the 2019 Derby was $3,000,000. The winner received $1,860.000; second: $600,000; third: $300,000; fourth: $150,000; fifth: $90,000.
 
The value of the 2018 Derby was $2,192,000. The winner received $1,432,000; second: $400,000; third: $200,000; fourth: $100,000; fifth: $60,000.
 
The value of the 2017 Derby was $2,395,800. The winner received $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.

 


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 – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in the Aristides Lounge on the second floor of Churchill Downs clubhouse. 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 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, the late 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.
 



TRIPLE CROWN NOMINATION INFORMATION

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

 
 

 
CHURCHILL DOWNS SAFETY INITIATIVES FOR KENTUCKY OAKS AND KENTUCKY DERBY

Churchill Downs Safety Initiatives - 2019

 


OAKS/DERBY SECURITY PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

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

 

 

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