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, Derby Trail Tracker, point standings and leaderboard, Kentucky Derby Future Wager odds, picks and tips, or handicapping advice, you will have the most updated information here.

2018 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide


1Justify (Scat Daddy) Bob Baffert 1st, Santa Anita Derby (G1)
2Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 2nd, Santa Anita Derby (G1)
3Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon)Todd Pletcher 1st, Arkansas Derby (G1)
4Audible (Into Mischief)Todd Pletcher1st, Florida Derby (G1)
5Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) Aidan O'Brien 1st, UAE Derby (G1)
6Good Magic (Curlin)Chad Brown 1st, Blue Grass Stakes (G2)
7 Vino Rosso (Curlin)Todd Pletcher 1st, Wood Memorial (G2)
8My Boy Jack (Creative Cause) Keith Desormeaux 1st, Lexington Stakes (G3)
9Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy)Todd Pletcher 1st, Louisiana Derby (G2)
10Solomini (Curlin) Bob Baffert 3rd, Arkansas Derby (G1)
11Flameaway (Scat Daddy)Mark Casse 2nd, Blue Grass Stakes (G2)
12Quip (Distorted Humor) Rodolphe Brisset 2nd, Arkansas Derby (G1)
13Enticed (Medaglia d'Oro)Kiaran McLaughlin 2nd, Wood Memorial (G3)
14Hofburg (Tapit)Bill Mott 2nd, Florida Derby (G1)
15Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans 3rd, Blue Grass Stakes (G3)
16Lone Sailor (Majestic Warrior) Tom Amoss 2nd, Louisiana Derby (G2)
17Promises Fulfilled (Shakleford) Dale Romans 9th, Florida Derby (G2)
18Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior) Jason Servis 4th, Wood Memorial (G2)
19Bravazo (Awesome Again)D. Wayne Lukas 8th, Louisiana Derby (G2)
20Gronkowski (Lonhro) Jeremy Noseda1st, Burradon Stakes


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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 Miles20-8-4-2Good Magic
Nov 25, 2017Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Enticed
Dec 2, 2017RemsenAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1Catholic Boy
Dec 9, 2017Los Alamitos FuturityLos Alamitos1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1McKinzie
Dec 17, 2017+Springboard MileRemington Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Greyvitos
Jan 6, 2018ShamSanta Anita1 Mile10-4-2-1McKinzie
Jan 13, 2018JeromeAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1Firenze Fire
Jan 13, 2018LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1Instilled Regard
Jan 15, 2018Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Mourinho
Feb 3, 2018Robert B. LewisSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Lombo
Feb 3, 2018WithersAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1Avery Island
Feb 3, 2018Holy BullGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Audible
Feb 10, 2018Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Flameaway
Feb 17, 2018El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)10-4-2-1Paved
Feb 19, 2018SouthwestOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1My Boy Jack

2018 Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Feb 17, 2018Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Bravazo
Mar 3, 2018Fountain of YouthGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Promises Fulfilled
Mar 10, 2018GothamAqueduct1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Enticed
Mar 10, 2018San FelipeSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Bolt d'Oro
Mar 10, 2018Tampa Bay DerbyTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Quip
Mar 17, 2018RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5Magnum Moon
Mar 17, 2018Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)20-8-4-2Blended Citizen
Mar 24, 2018Louisiana DerbyFair Grounds1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Noble Indy
Mar 25, 2018Sunland DerbySunland Park1 1/8 Miles50-20-10-5Runaway Ghost
Mar 31, 2018UAE DerbyMeydan Racecourse1 3/16 Miles100-40-20-10Mendelssohn
Mar 31, 2018Florida DerbyGulfstream Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Audible
Apr 7, 2018Wood MemorialAqueduct1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Vino Rosso
Apr 7, 2018Blue GrassKeeneland1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Good Magic
Apr 7, 2018Santa Anita DerbySanta Anita1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Justify
Apr 14, 2018Arkansas DerbyOaklawn Park1 1/8 Miles100-40-20-10Magnum Moon
Apr 14, 2018LexingtonKeeneland1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2My Boy Jack

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)10-4-2-1Saxon Warrior
Mar 7, 2018+Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition StakesKempton Park (GB)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2Gronkowski
Mar 9, 2018+PattonDundalk (Ire)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2Mendelssohn
Mar 30, 2018+BurradonNewcastle (GB)1 Mile (S)30-12-6-3Gronkowski

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

Nov 25, 2017Cattleya ShoTokyo Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1Ruggero (JPN)
Dec 13, 2017+Zen-Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)
Feb 18, 2018HyacinthTokyo Racecourse1 Mile30-12-6-3Sumahama

+ New Race Included in Series
(T) = Turf

(S) = Synthetic

2018 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide


The Derby Trail Tracker monitors and lists all the 2018 Kentucky Derby contenders and where they will be running next. Updated by Saratoga Slim, the races along the Derby trail with Kentucky Derby points (and a couple important preps without points) are listed and the potential runners (with trainer last name in parentheses) are categorized as follows:

·         Probable: connections (trainer / owner) have said they are planning to run their horse in this race

·         Possible: connections (trainer / owner) have named this race as a possible place that their horse may run

·         Target: connections (trainer / owner) have said that their horse will target this race in the future

·         Speculative: based on quotes from connections and past trainer trends, these are educated guesses on where the horse  may run on the Derby Trail

2018 Derby Trail Tracker


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


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

1Magnum Moon 150 Todd Pletcher Robert and Lawana Low
2Good Magic 134Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds
3Audible 110Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt), China Horse Club
International Ltd. (Ah Khing Teo) & SF Racing LLC (Gavin
4Noble Indy 110Todd Pletcher WinStar Farm (Kenny Trout) & Repole Stable (Mike Repole)
5Vino Rosso 107Todd Pletcher Repole Stables and St. Elias Stable
6Bolt d'Oro 104Mick Ruis Ruis Racing LLC
7Enticed103Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC
8Mendelssohn 100Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
9Justify 100Bob Baffert China Horse Club International Ltd., Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing & WinStar Farm LLC
10Quip 90Rodolphe BrissetWinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt), China Horse Club
International Ltd. (Ah Khing Teo) & SF Racing LLC (Gavin Murphy)
11Flameaway 70Mark Casse John C. Oxley
12Solomini 54Bob Baffert Zayat Stables
13Bravazo 54 D Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm
14My Boy Jack 52Keith Desormeaux Don't Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables, LLC
15Promises Fulfilled 52Dale Romans Robert J. Baron
16Free Drop Billy 44Dale Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC
17Lone Sailor 42Tom Amoss G M B Racing
18Hofburg 40 Bill Mott Juddmonte Farms Inc. (Prince Khalid Abdullah)
19Firenze Fire 39Jason Servis Mr. Amore Stable
20Gronkowski European Qualifier Jeremy NosedaPhoenix Thoroughbred III (Amer Abdulaziz)
21Combatant 32Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton
22Snapper Sinclair 22Steve Asmussen Bloom Racing Stable
23Blended Citizen 22Doug O'Neill Greg Hall & SAYJAY Racing LLC (Steve Young)
24Reride 20 Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell)
25Dream Baby Dream 20Steve Amsussen Dream Baby Dream Racing Stable
26Restoring Hope 20 Bob Baffert Gary & Mary West
27Sporting Chance 12D Wayne Lukas Robert C. Baker and William L. Mack
28Givemeaminit12Dallas StewartValene Farms LLC
29Pony Up 12Todd Pletcher Calumet Farm

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Gronkowski 50Jermey Noseda Phoenix Thoroughbred III
2Mendelssohn 20Aidan O’BrienDerrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
3Saxon Warrior (JPN)20Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
4Roaring Lion14John GosdenQatar Racing Limited
5Happily (IRE)10 Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
6Threeandfourpence8Aidan O’BrienDerrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
7Court House 8 John Godsen
8Seahenge4Aidan O’BrienDerrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
9Olmedo (FR)4Jean-Claude RougetA.Caro/G.Augustin-Normand
10Nelson4 Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
11Delano Roosevelt (IRE)4Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
12Masar (IRE)2Charlie ApplebyGodolphin Racing LLC
13The Pentagon (IRE)2Aidan O'BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
14Mildenberger2Mark JohnstonSheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
15Blackgold Fairy2Michael HalfordZhang Yuesheng
16Warm The Voice (IRE)2Brendan W DukeMrs J S Bolger
17Verbal Dexterity (IRE)1J S Bolger J S Bolger & John Corcoran
19Kew Gardens (IRE)1Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
19Woodmax (GER)1Nicolas ClementMagnier, M., Tabor, M., Oxley, J., Smith, D. and Jooste, M.
20Petrus1Brian MeehanMr G P M Morland

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Sumahama (JPN) 30R. Takahashi Sanshisuimei Co. Ltd.
4Ruggero (JPN)16Yuichi ShikatoTakashi Muraki
2Tiaiki Ferveur 12Mitsunori MakiuraU. Taiki Farm
3Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)10Kiyoshi HagiwaraG1 Racing Co. Ltd.
6Don Fortis (JPN)4Mitsunori MakiuraKoichi Yamada
7Mic Ben Hur (JPN)4Yoshihiro HatakeyamaKiratto One Co. Ltd.
8Great Time (JPN)3H. Fujiwara Kaneko Makoto Holdings Co. Ltd.
9Haseno Pyro (JPN)2Kenki SatoFumio Hasegawa
10Meiner Yukitsubaki (JPN)2Noboru TakagiK Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
11Dark Repulser (JPN)1Takashi KanariAkira Katayama
12Bronze Kay (JPN)1Koichi TsunodaHiroshi Hatasa


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 2018 Kentucky Oaks / Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide by clicking the button below. Last year’s Kentucky Oaks/Derby picks paid out over $30,000.00! These wagering guides are included at least once a month as part of our premium picks packages.

2018 Kentucky Oaks/Kentucky Derby Wagering Guide

5Always DreamingJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher11.407.205.80
1Lookin At LeeCorey LanerieSteve Asmussen26.6015.20
11Battle of MidwayFlavien PratJerry Hollendorfer20.80
$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
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