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.


1Good Magic (Curlin)Chad Brown 1st, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)Fountain of Youth Stakes
2Solomini (Curlin) Bob Baffert 3rd, Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)Southwest or Robert B. Lewis Stakes
3McKinzie (Street Sense)Bob Baffert 1st, Sham Stakes (G3)Rebel or San Felipe Stakes
4Instilled Regard (Arch)Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, LeComte Stakes (G3)Risen Star Stakes
5Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro) Mick Ruis 3rd, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)San Felipe Stakes
6Mask (Tapit) Chad Brown 1st, Mucho Macho Man Stakes Risen Star Stakes
7Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) Jonathan Thomas 1st, Remsen Stakes (G2)???
8Principe Guilherme (Tapit)Steve Asmussen 2nd, LeComte Stakes (G3)Risen Star Stakes
9Copper Bullet (More Than Ready)Steve Asmussen1st, Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) Rebel Stakes
10Dak Attack (Ghostzapper)Dale Romans3rd, Mucho Macho Man Stakes ???
11Free Drop Billy (Union Rags)Dale Romans9th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
12Sporting Chance (Tiznow)D. Wayne Lukas1st, Hopeful Stakes (G1)Southwest Stakes
13Avery Island (Street Sense) Kiaran McLaughlin 2nd, Remsen Stakes (G2)Holy Bull or Withers Stakes
14Hollywood Star (Malibu Moon)Dale Romans6th, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
15Enticed (Medaglia d'Oro)Kiaran McLaughlin 1st, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)Holy Bull or Withers Stakes
16Firenze Fire (Poseidon's Warrior) Jason Servis 1st, Jerome Stakes Gotham Stakes
17Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy)Todd Pletcher 1st, Gulfstream Park Allowance (1/11/18) ???
18Tiz Mischief (Into Mischief)Dale Romans2nd, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)Holy Bull
19Montauk (Medaglia d'Oro)Todd Pletcher1st, Belmont Park MSW (10/7/17)???
20Ax Man (Misremembered) Bob Baffert 1st, Santa Anita MSW (1/1/18)San Vicente 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 Miles10-4-2-1N/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)10-4-2-1Saxon Warrior
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 Mile10-4-2-1Ruggero (JPN)
Dec 13, 2017+Zen-Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki Racecourse1 Mile10-4-2-1Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)
Feb 10, 2018HyacinthTokyo Racecourse1 Mile30-12-6-3N/A

+ New Race Included in Series
(T) = Turf

(S) = Synthetic


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


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

1Good Magic 24Chad Brown e Five Racing Thoroughbreds
2Firenze Fire 20Jason Servis Mr. Amore Stable
3McKinzie 20Bob Baffert Watson, Karl, Pegram, Michael E. and Weitman, Paul
4Bolt d'Oro 14Mick Ruis WinStar Farm, LLC
5Solomini 14Bob Baffert Zayat Stables
6Instilled Regard 14Jerry Hollendorfer OXO Equine LLC
7Enticed12Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC
8Free Drop Billy 10Dale Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC
9Greyvitos 10 Adam KitchingmanTriple B Farms
10Catholic Boy 10 Johnathan Thomas Robert V. LaPenta
11The Tabulator10Larry RivelliCarolyn Wilson
12Mourinho 10Bob Baffert Phoenix Thoroughbreds III (Amer Abdulaziz)
13Combatant 8Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton
14Avery Island 4Kiaran McLaughlin Godolphin Racing LLC
15Bravazo 4 D Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm
16Hollywood Star4Dale L. RomansAlbaugh Family Stables LLC
17Principe Guilherme 4Steve Asmussen Three Chimneys Farm
18Tiz Mischief4Dale L. RomansFrank L. Jones Jr.
19Seven Trumpets 4Dale Romans West Point Thoroughbreds
20All Out Blitz 4Simon Callaghan Kaleem Shah, Inc.
21Snapper Sinclair 2Steve Asmussen Bloom Racing Stable
22Givemeaminit2Dallas StewartValene Farms LLC
23My Boy Jack 2Keith Desormeaux Don't Tell My Wife Stables and Monomoy Stables, LLC
24Lone Sailor 2Tom Amoss G M B Racing
25 Tap Daddy 2Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
26Kingsville2Danny Pish Stewart L. Armstrong, Albert Saenz, and Danny Pish
27Take the One O One 2Brain Koriner Thomas Bachman
28Vouch 2Arnaud DelacourLael Stables and Three
29Coltandmississippi 2Todd Pletcher Teresa Viola Racing & St. Elias Stable
30Promises Fulfilled2Dale L. RomansRobert J. Baron
31Kowboy Karma 1Larry Jones Jones, Larry and Cindy and Pressley, Michael
32Ayacara (GB)1Keith Desormeaux Overbury Stallions LTD
33Bode's Maker 1Allen Milligan Keene Thoroughbreds LLC
34Lionite 1Steve Amussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
35Night Strike 1Bret Calhoun Erich G. Brehm
36For Him 1Michael Pender Michael V. Lombardi
37Alkhaatam 1Chad Brown Shadwell Farm LLC
38Ebben1Steve MargolisCraig Aguiar
39High North1Brad CoxShortleaf Stable Inc. (John Ed Anthony)
40Zing Zang 1Steve Asmussen Jackpot Ranch
41Regalian 1Chris Englehart Island Wind Racing
42Shivermetimbers 1Jerry Hollendorfer Mark DeDomenico LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Saxon Warrior (JPN)20Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
2Roaring Lion14John GosdenQatar Racing Limited
3Happily (IRE)10 Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
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
8The Pentagon (IRE)2Aidan O'BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
9Mildenberger2Mark JohnstonSheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
10Warm The Voice (IRE)2Brendan W DukeMrs J S Bolger
11Verbal Dexterity (IRE)1J S Bolger J S Bolger & John Corcoran
12Kew Gardens (IRE)1Aiden O’BrienMagnier, Mrs. John, Tabor, Mr. Michael and Smith, Mr. Derrick
13Woodmax (GER)1Nicolas ClementMagnier, M., Tabor, M., Oxley, J., Smith, D. and Jooste, M.
14Petrus1Brian MeehanMr G P M Morland

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Le Vent Se Leve (JPN)10Kiyoshi HagiwaraG1 Racing Co. Ltd.
2Ruggero (JPN)10Yuichi ShikatoTakashi Muraki
3Don Fortis (JPN)4Mitsunori MakiuraKoichi Yamada
4Mic Ben Hur (JPN)4Yoshihiro HatakeyamaKiratto One Co. Ltd.
5Haseno Pyro (JPN)2Kenki SatoFumio Hasegawa
6Meiner Yukitsubaki (JPN)2Noboru TakagiK Thoroughbred Club Ruffian
7Dark Repulser (JPN)1Takashi KanariAkira Katayama
8Bronze Kay (JPN)1Koichi TsunodaHiroshi Hatasa


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.

Four separate wagering pools are offered, allowing you to place both Win and Exacta bets. Each respective pool features 23 individual betting interests, with the remaining contenders lumped together into a group called “All Others.” This “All Others” option is always listed as #24, with the 23 individual interests numbered alphabetically.

The dates for the 2018 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are:

Pool 1: November 23 – 26, 2017
Pool 2: February 9 – 11, 2018
Pool 3: March 9 – 11, 2018
Pool 4: April 6 – 8, 2018

1Avery Island29$4,79529.4$60.80
2Bolt d'Oro7$17,0747.5$17.00
3Copper Bullet45$3,15545.3$92.60
4Dak Attack37$3,84537$76.00
7Firenze Fire49$2,90649.2$100.40
8Free Drop Billy33$4,25633.3$68.60
10Good Magic11$11,75411.4$24.80
11Gotta Go91$1,57591.7$185.40
12Lone Sailor99$1,441100.3$202.60
17Principe Guilherme27$5,07527.7$57.40
20Sporting Chance56$2,55256.2$114.40
21Talent Scout81$1,77081.5$165.00
22Tiz Mischief40$3,54540.2$82.40
23Untamed Domain29$4,78029.5$61.00
24Mutuel Field (All Others)6/5$64,6461.2$4.40

Final $ odds based on $1 payoffs
Pool Total: $177,103.00
Merged Exacta Pool Total: $73,156 – $250,259
Churchill Handle: WIN $177,103 & EX $73,156


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 2017 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

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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