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Miscellaneous Kentucky Derby


Facts and Figures about the Kentucky Derby


 


IMPORTANT DATES, DERBY/OAKS GENERAL ADMISSION COST

Kentucky Derby: May 2, 2020 (rescheduled to Sept. 5)
Preakness Stakes: May 16, 2020 (rescheduled to Oct. 3)
Belmont Stakes: June 6, 2020 (rescheduled to June 20)

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 WEEK STAKES

Last updated July 8, 2020

Race order will be set in program.

Day/Date

Running

Grade

Purse

Race

Age/Sex

Distance

Surface

Tuesday, Sept. 1

2nd

 

$100,000

Champions Day Marathon Overnight Stakes presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

3&up

1 ½ M

Dirt

Wednesday, Sept. 2

10th

 

$150,000

Unbridled Sidney

3&up f/m

5 ½ F

Turf

Thursday, Sept. 3

52nd

III

$200,000

Pocahontas

2yo f

1 M

Dirt

Thursday, Sept. 3

15th

 

$100,000

Opening Verse Overnight Stakes

3&up

1 M

Turf

Friday, Sept. 4

146th

I

$1,250,000

Longines Kentucky Oaks

3yo f

1 1/8 M

Dirt

Friday, Sept. 4

35th

I

$500,000

La Troienne

4&up f/m

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, Sept. 4

17th

II

$400,000

Alysheba

4&up

1 1/16 M

Dirt

Friday, Sept. 4

65th

II

$300,000

Eight Belles presented by Smithfield Foods

3yo f

7 F

Dirt

Friday, Sept. 4

36th

II

$300,000

Edgewood presented by Forcht Bank

3yo f

1 M

Turf

Friday, Sept. 4

26th

II

$250,000

Twin Spires Turf Sprint

3&up

5 ½ F

Turf

Saturday, Sept. 5

146th

I

$3,000,000

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve

3yo

1 ¼ M

Dirt

Saturday, Sept. 5

34th

I

$1,000,000

Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic

4&up

1 1/8 M

Turf

Saturday, Sept. 5

34th

I

$500,000

Derby City Distaff

4&up f/m

7 F

Dirt

Saturday, Sept. 5

35th

II

$500,000

Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

4&up f/m

1 M

Turf

Saturday, Sept. 5

96th

II

$500,000

Pat Day Mile presented by LG&E and KU

3yo

1 M

Dirt

Saturday, Sept. 5

29th

II

$500,000

American Turf

3yo

1 1/16 M

Turf

Saturday, Sept. 5

39th

III

$200,000

Iroquois presented by Ford

2yo

1 M

Dirt

 



TV COVERAGE

All Times ET - Details pending

 

KENTUCKY DERBY

Saturday, Sept. 5: Kentucky Derby Undercard, FS2, 12:30-4:00; Kentucky Derby, NBC, 2:30-7:30

Kentucky Oaks: Friday, Sept, 4:  3:00-6:00  NBCSN

PREAKNESS STAKES

Sat., Oct. 3      5:00      NBC

Belmont Stakes  
FS2 11:30 -3:00, 6:00-7:00
MSG+ 11:30 -3:00, 6:00-7:00
FS Regionals 1:00-3:00, 6:00-7:00 pm
NBC 3:00 -6:00

 



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.
 
DETAILS – The Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw time is scheduled to occur on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020  at 11:00 (all times ET) 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. Post position draw for the Kentucky Oaks will be on Monday, Aug. 31 at 11:00, also in the Aristides Lounge.
 
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.

 
 


OAKS/DERBY SECURITY PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
 

2020 Enhanced Safety Protocols

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

 

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