Kentucky Derby

Saturday, May 4, 2019, the Run for the Roses takes place with Kentucky Derby 145 at Churchill Downs. Here at, we never stop thinking about that first Saturday in May. No matter if you’re looking for 2019 Kentucky Derby contenders, entries, odds, 2018 results and payouts, news, Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, point standings and leaderboard, Kentucky Derby Future Wager odds, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.


1Game Winner (Candy Ride)Bob Baffert 1st, American Pharoah Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
2Instagrand (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, Best Pal Stakes (G2)???
3Complexity (Maclean's Music)Chad Brown 1st, Champagne Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
4Code of Honor (Noble Mission) Shug McGaughey 2nd, Champagne Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
5Mind Control (Stay Thirsty) Gregory Sacco 1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
6 Mucho (Blame)Bill Mott2nd, Hopeful Stakes (G1)???
7Gunmetal Gray (Exchange Rate)Jerry Hollendorfer 2nd, American Pharoah Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
8Cairo Cat (Cairo Prince) Kenny McPeek 1st, Iroquois Stakes (G3)???
9Improbable (City Zip) Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Santa Anita on 9/29/18???
10Call Paul (Friesan Fire) Jason Servis 3rd, Champagne Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
11Roadster (Quality Road)Bob Baffert 3rd, Del Mar Futurity (G1)???
12Knicks Go (Paynter) Ben Colebrook 1st, Breeders' Futurity Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
13Much Better (Pioneerof The Nile)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 9/1/18???
14Tale of the Union (Union Rags) Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 8/26/18Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
15Aurelius Maximus (Pioneerof The Nile)Chad Brown 4th, Champagne Stakes (G1)???
16Tight Ten (Tapit)Steve Asmussen 2nd, Iroquois Stakes (G3)Breeders' Cup Juvenile (10/2/18)
17Rowayton (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 3rd, American Pharoah (G1)???
18Looking at Bikinis (Lookin At Lucky)Chad Brown 1st, MSW at Belmont Park on 9/9/18???
19Magic On Tap (Tapit)Bob Baffert 1st, MSW at Del Mar on 9/1/18???
20Frosted Ice (Bellamy Road) Ron Moquett 1st, Bertram F. Bongard Stakes ???


Complexity Clearly Best in G1 Champagne

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The Kentucky Derby 145 field is based on a tiered point system in select races throughout the world. See below for the entire schedule of Kentucky Derby prep races.

2018-19 Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Sep 15, 2018IroquoisChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Cairo Cat
Sep 29, 2018American Pharoah Santa Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Game Winner
Oct 6, 2018ChampagneBelmont Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Complexity
Oct 6, 2018Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Knicks Go
Nov 2, 2018Breeders’ Cup JuvenileDel Mar1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2
Nov 24, 2018Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1
Dec 1, 2018RemsenAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1
Dec 8, 2018Los Alamitos FuturityLos Alamitos1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1
Dec 16, 2018Springboard MileRemington Park1 Mile10-4-2-1
Jan 1, 2019JeromeAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1
Jan 5, 2019ShamSanta Anita1 Mile10-4-2-1
Jan 12, 2019LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1
Jan 25, 2019Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile10-4-2-1
Feb 2, 2019Robert B. LewisSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1
Feb 2, 2019WithersAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1
Feb 2, 2019Holy BullGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1
Feb 9, 2019Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1
Feb 16, 2019El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)10-4-2-1
Feb 18, 2019SouthwestOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1

2019 Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Feb 16, 2019Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 2, 2019Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 9, 2019GothamAqueduct1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 9, 2019San FelipeSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 9, 2019Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 16, 2019RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 16, 2019Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)20-8-4-2
Mar 23, 2019Louisiana DerbyFair Grounds1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Mar 24, 2019Sunland DerbySunland Park1 1/8 Miles50-20-10-5
Mar 30, 2019UAE DerbyMeydan Racecourse1 3/16 Miles100-40-20-10
Mar 30, 2019Florida DerbyGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Apr 6, 2019Wood MemorialAqueduct1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Apr 6, 2019Blue GrassKeeneland1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Apr 6, 2019Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Apr 13, 2019Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10
Apr 13, 2019LexingtonKeeneland1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2

2018-19 European Road to the Kentucky Derby (7 races)

Sep 29, 2018+Juddmonte Royal LodgeNewmarket (GB)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Mohawk
Sep 30, 2018+Juddmonte BeresfordNaas (Ire)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Japan
Oct 7, 2018+Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardèreLongchamp 1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Royal Marine
Oct 27, 2018+Racing Post TrophyDoncaster (GB)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1
Mar 6, 2019+Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition StakesKempton Park (GB)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2
Mar 8, 2019+PattonDundalk (Ire)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2
April 11, 2019Cardinal Condition StakesChelmsford City (GB)1 Mile (S)30-12-6-3

2018-19 Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby (3 races)

Nov 24, 2018Cattleya ShoTokyo Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1
Dec 19, 2018Zen-Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki Racecourse1 Mile20-8-4-2
Feb 17, 2019HyacinthTokyo Racecourse1 Mile30-12-6-3
March 31, 2019FukuyruNakayama Racecourse
1 1/8 Miles40-16-8-4

(T) = Turf
(S) = Synthetic


Leaderboard for qualifying points to the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated qualifying Kentucky Derby prep races listed above. The Kentucky Derby field is reserved for the top 20 point earners. Two positions in the Kentucky Derby starting gate – one from Japan and one from Europe – will be extended to the horse that accrues the most points in their respective series.

America Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Game Winner 10Bob Baffert Gary and Mary West
2Knicks Go 10Ben Colebrook KRA Stud Farm
3Complexity 10Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc.
4Cairo Cat10Kenny McPeek Walking L. Thoroughbreds, LLC
5Signalman 4Kenny McPeekLewis, Tommie M. and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek)
6Code of Honor 4Claude R. McGaughey IIIW.S. Farish
7Tight Ten 4Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds
8Gunmetal Gray 4Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds
9Call Paul 2Jason ServisDubb, Michael, Simon, David, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Irom, Bruce
10Rowayton 2Jerry Hollendorfer OXO Equine LLC
11Standard Deviation 2Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc.
12Pole Setter 2Brad Cox Steve Landers Racing, LLC
13Somebeyay 1Todd Pletcher Starlight Racing
14Tobacco Road 1Steve Asmussen L and N Racing, LLC
15Aurelius Maximus 1Chad Brown Stonestreet Stables LLC, Bolton, George and Leidel, Peter
16Jefe 1Keith Desormeaux Big Chief Racing LLC, Madaket Stable LLC, Rocker O Ranch LLC, and Keith Desormeaux

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Mohawk 10Aidan O'Brien Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tab
2Japan 10Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor
3Royal Marine 10Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin
4Sydney Opera House 4Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith
5Mount Everest 4Aidan O'Brien Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith
6Broome 4Aidan O'Brien Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John 'Susan' Magnier, and Derrick Smith
7Cape Of Good Hope2Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith
8Power of Now 2M. D. O'callaghan Mr Michael O'Callaghan
9Anodor 2Freddie Head Ecurie Jean and Louis Bouchard
10Victory Command 1Mark Johnston Kingsley Park 10
11Sovereign 1Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & M Tabor & D Smith
12Boitron 1Richard Hannon Jr. Gerard Augustin-Normand and Middleham Park Racing

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby



Justify Wins Kentucky Derby

Race Recap/Replay

On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Trainer Bob Baffert and Jockey Mike Smith teamed up with Justify to win Kentucky Derby 144 at Churchill Downs. With the win, Justify became the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Run for the Roses while not having raced once as a 2-year-old.

The win by Justify kept his spotless record intact through four career starts. The son of Scat Daddy increased his career bankroll to $2,098,000 for owners China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing, and WinStar Farm. Get results and payouts to the 2018 Kentucky Derby below. Also, be on the lookout for our upcoming 2019 Kentucky Oaks/Derby Wagering Guide.

7JustifyMike SmithBob Baffert7.806.004.40
6Good MagicJose OrtizChad Brown9.206.60
5AudibleJavier CastellanoTodd Pletcher5.80
$0.50 Pick 34-9-7 (3 Correct)$3,274.55$1,441,992
$0.50 Pick 3Oaks/Forester/Derby-14-9-7 (3 Correct)$103.75$815,162
$0.50 Pick 410-4-9-7 (4 Correct)$69,885.15$3,992,911
$0.50 Pick 57-10-4-9-7 (5 Correct)$620,827.65$2,923,064
$2.00 Pick 6 Jackpot6-7-10-4-9-7 (5 Correct)$17,116.80$1,316,707$770,264
$1.00 Daily Double9-7$44.10$1,284,770
$1.00 Daily DoubleOaks/Derby-14-7$16.60$3,057,250
$2.00 Exacta7-6$69.60$24,522,025
$0.50 Trifecta7-6-5$70.70$32,770,619
$1.00 Superfecta7-6-5-15$19,618.20$13,099,357
$1.00 Super High Five7-6-5-15-10$183,580.20$470,844
$2.00 Future WagerOaks/Derby Exacta 14-12$35.50$69,725
$2.00 Future WagerPool 1 Exacta 24-10$52.40$58,931
$2.00 Future WagerPool 1-24$4.40$177,103
$2.00 Future WagerPool 2 Exacta 24-10$69.80$102,162
$2.00 Future WagerPool 2-24$7.00$363,389
$2.00 Future WagerPool 3 Exacta 12-10$245.80$123,074
$2.00 Future WagerPool 3-12$14.40$277,469
$2.00 Future WagerPool 4 Exacta 12-8$81.00$145,845
$2.00 Future WagerPool 4-12$8.40$339,036
$2.00 Future WagerSire Exacta 15-4$505.20$15,222
$2.00 Future WagerSire-15$54.80$27,731


Placing a Kentucky Derby Future Wager gives you the opportunity to lock down horses that you think will be in the Kentucky Derby starting gate, but usually at a much better price than what you would see on Kentucky Derby Day because the field is still unknown.

The dates and results for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are:

November 23-26, 2017 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 

February 9-11, 2018 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

March 9-11, 2018 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3

April 6-8, 2018 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4

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