Kentucky Derby

While Kentucky Derby 144 isn’t until Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Churchill Downs, here at, we never stop thinking about that first Saturday in May. Whether you’re looking for 2018 Kentucky Derby contenders, 2017 results and payouts, news, Kentucky Derby prep race schedule, points standings and leaderboard, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.


1Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 1st, Frontrunner Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
2Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans1st, Breeders Futurity (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
3Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior)Jason Service 1st, Champagne Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
4Copper Bullet (More Than Ready)Steve Asmussen1st, Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) Out until 2018
5Dak Attack (Ghostzapper)Dale Romans1st, Ellis Park Juvenile Out until 2018
6Sporting Chance (Tiznow)D. Wayne Lukas1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)Out until 2018
7Solomini (Curlin) Bob Baffert 2nd, Frontrunner Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
8Run Away (Run Away and Hide)Simon Callaghan1st, Barrets Juvenile Breeders' Cup Juvenile
9Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon)Dale Romans2nd, Iroquois Stakes (G3)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
10The Tabulator (Dialed In)Larry Rivelli 1st, Iroquois Stakes (G3) Breeders' Cup Juvenile
11Good Magic (Curlin)Chad Brown 2nd, Champagne Stakes (G1)Breeders' Cup Juvenile
12Montauk (Medaglia d'Oro)Todd Pletcher1st, Belmont Park MSW (10/7/17)???
13Bravazo (Awesome Again)D Wayne Lukas 2nd, Breeders Futurity (G1)???
14Enticed (Medaglia d'Oro)Kiaran McLaughlin 3rd, Champagne Stakes (G1)???
15Engage (Into Mischief) Chad Brown 1st, Futurity Stakes (G3) ???
16Kowboy Karma (Kodiak Kowboy)Larry Jones 4th, Champagne Stakes (G1)???
17Tatters to Riches (Union Rags) Jeff Mullins 6th, Del Mar Futurity (G1)???
18Soutache (Backtalk) Ralph Nicks 1st, Affirmed Stakes ???
19St. Patrick's Day (Pioneerof the Nile) Bob Baffert 1st, Del Mar MSW (9/2/17)Out Until 2018
20Givemeaminit (Star Guitar) Dallas Stewart 5th, Champagne Stakes (G1)???


Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, 9-2 favorite Always Dreaming opened up at the 1/2-mile pole, and ran off to win the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby.

See full race recap HERE along with the payouts below. Also, be sure to download our 2016 Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide by clicking the button below. These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages.

Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide

$1.00 Daily Double2-5$25.50$1,266,807
$2.00 Oaks/Derby Double13-5$146.00$2,508,756
$1.00 Super High Five5-1-11-14-19$493,348.70$400,313
$2.00 Exacta5-1$336.20$23,297,591
$1.00 Pick 39-2-5 (3 Correct)$415.00$1,478,952
$1.00 Pick 46-9-2-5/21/22 (4 Correct)$6,882.80$3,376,451
$0.50 Pick 58-6-9-2-5/21/22 (5 Correct)$50,063.35$1,733,094
$2.00 Pick 62/6-8-6-9-2-5/21/22 (5 Correct)$1,815.80
$2.00 Pick 62/6-8-6-9-2-5/21/22 (6 Correct)$857,335.40$1,126,845
$1.00 Superfecta5-1-11-14$75,974.50$13,016,812
$2.00 Trifecta5-1-11$16,594.40$30,708,732


Free Drop Billy Claims Victory In G1 Breeders’ Futurity


Albaugh Family Stables’ Free Drop Billy took control in the top of the stretch and took off to win Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. Read More

Firenze Fire Blazes To Front Late In G1 Champagne

Bolt d’Oro Stays Golden In G1 FrontRunner

The Tabulator Dials Up First Place in G3 Iroquois

Breeders’ Cup Skinny: Keeneland Win & You’re In Previews

See more Kentucky Derby news HERE.


The Kentucky Derby 144 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.

2017-18 Kentucky Derby Prep Season (19 races)

Sep 16, 2017IroquoisChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1The Tabulator
Sep 30, 2017FrontRunnerSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Bolt d'Oro
Oct 7, 2017ChampagneBelmont Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Firenze Fire
Oct 7, 2017Breeders’ FuturityKeeneland1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Free Drop Billy
Nov 4, 2017Breeders’ Cup JuvenileDel Mar1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2N/A
Nov 25, 2017Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Dec 2, 2017RemsenAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Dec 9, 2017Los Alamitos FuturityLos Alamitos1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Dec 17, 2017+Springboard MileRemington Park1 Mile10-4-2-1N/A
Jan 1, 2018JeromeAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1N/A
Jan 13, 2018ShamSanta Anita1 Mile10-4-2-1N/A
Jan 13, 2018LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1N/A
Jan 15, 2018Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 3, 2018Robert B. LewisSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 3, 2018WithersAqueduct1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 3, 2018Holy BullGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 10, 2018Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 17, 2018El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 19, 2018SouthwestOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1N/A

2018 Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Feb 17, 2018Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 3, 2018GothamAqueduct1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 3, 2018Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 10, 2018San FelipeSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 10, 2018Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 17, 2018RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 17, 2018SpiralTurfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)20-8-4-2N/A
Mar 24, 2018Louisiana DerbyFair Grounds1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Mar 25, 2018Sunland DerbySunland Park1 1/8 Miles50-20-10-5N/A
Mar 31, 2018UAE DerbyMeydan Racecourse1 3/16 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Mar 31, 2018Florida DerbyGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Apr 7, 2018Wood MemorialAqueduct1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Apr 7, 2018Blue GrassKeeneland1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Apr 7, 2018Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Apr 14, 2018Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10N/A
Apr 14, 2018LexingtonKeeneland1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2N/A

2017-18 European Road to the Kentucky Derby (7 races)

Sep 24, 2017+Juddmonte BeresfordNaas (Ire)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Saxon Warrior
Sep 30, 2017+Juddmonte Royal LodgeNewmarket (GB)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Roaring Lion
Oct 1, 2017+Qatar Prix Jean-Luc LagardèreChantilly (Fr)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1Happily
Oct 28, 2017+Racing Post TrophyDoncaster (GB)1 Mile (T)10-4-2-1N/A
Mar 1, 2018+Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition StakesKempton Park (GB)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2N/A
Mar 2, 2018+PattonDundalk (Ire)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2N/A
Mar 30, 2018+BurradonNewcastle (GB)1 Mile (S)30-12-6-3N/A

2017-18 Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby (3 races)

Nov 25, 2017Cattleya ShoTokyo Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1N/A
Dec 13, 2017+Zen-Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1N/A
Feb 10, 2018HyacinthTokyo Racecourse1 Mile30-12-6-3N/A

+ New Race Included in Series
(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

1Firenze Fire 10 Jason Servis Mr. Amore Stable
2Free Drop Billy 10Dale Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC
3Bolt d'Oro 10Mick Ruis WinStar Farm, LLC
4The Tabulator10Larry RivelliCarolyn Wilson
5Bravazo 4 D Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm
6Good Magic 4Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds
7Hollywood Star4Dale L. RomansAlbaugh Family Stables LLC
8Solomini 4Bob Baffert Zayat Stables
9Lone Sailor 2Tom Amoss Tom Benson
10 Enticed 2Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC
11Take the One O One 2Brain Koriner Thomas Bachman
12Kowboy Karma 1Larry Jones Jones, Larry and Cindy and Pressley, Michael
13Lionite 1Steve Amussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
14Ayacara 1Keith Desormeaux Overbury Stallions LTD
15Ebben1Steve MargolisCraig Aguiar

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Happily (IRE)10 Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
2Saxon Warrior (JPN)10Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
3Roaring Lion10John GosdenQatar Racing Limited
4Olmedo (FR)4Jean-Claude RougetA.Caro/G.Augustin-Normand
5Nelson4 Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
6Delano Roosevelt (IRE)4Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
7Masar (IRE)2Charlie ApplebyGodolphin Racing LLC
8Mildenberger2Mark JohnstonSheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
9Warm The Voice (IRE)2Brendan W DukeMrs J S Bolger
10 Kew Gardens (IRE)1Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
11Woodmax (GER)1Nicolas ClementMagnier, M., Tabor, M., Oxley, J., Smith, D. and Jooste, M.
12Petrus1Brian MeehanMr G P M Morland
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