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.

Horse Racing Picks


1Improbable (City Zip) Bob Baffert 1st, Los Alamitos Futurity (G1)???
2Game Winner (Candy Ride)Bob Baffert 1st, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)???
3Mucho Gusto (Mucho Macho Man)Bob Baffert1st, Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3)???
4War of Will (War Front) Mark Casse1st, Risen Star Stakes (G2)???
5Instagrand (Into Mischief) Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, Best Pal Stakes (G2)???
6Hidden Scroll (Hard Spun)Bill Mott1st, MSW at Gulfstream Park 1/26/18Fountain of Youth Stakes
7Signalman (General Quarters)Kenny McPeek 1st, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2)Fountain of Youth Stakes
8Gunmetal Gray (Exchange Rate)Jerry Hollendorfer 2nd, Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3)???
9Harvey Wallbanger (Congrats)Kenny McPeek1st, Holy Bull Stakes (G2)Fountain of Youth Stakes
10Country House (Lookin At Lucky) Bill Mott 2nd, Risen Star Stakes (G2)???
11Vekoma (Candy Ride) George Weaver 1st, Nashua Stakes (G3)Fountain of Youth Stakes
12Global Campaign (Curlin)Stanley M. Hough1st, Allowance at Gulfstream Park on 2/9/10Fountain of Youth Stakes
13Galilean (Uncle Mo)Jerry Hollendorfer 1st, California Cup Derby???
14Mind Control (Stay Thirsty)Gregory D. Sacco1st, Jerome Stakes Gotham Stakes
15Tax (Arch)Danny Gargan 1st, Withers Stakes (G3)???
16Anothertwistafate (Scat Daddy)Blaine D. Wright1st, El Camino Real Derby ???
17Bourbon War (Tapit)Mark Hennig 1st, Allowance Race at Gulfstream Park Fountain of Youth Stakes
18Well Defined (With Distinction) Kathleen O'Connell1st, Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3)???
19Super Steed (Super Saver)Larry. Jones 1st, Southwest Stakes (G3)???
20Sueno (Atreides)Keith Desormeaux2nd, Southwest Stakes (G3)???


Racing Dudes Fantasy League Update: A Big Week for Free Beers

Each week, this important article will provide the standings, power rankings, and recent transactions for every member of the Racing Dudes Fantasy League. Check out all the latest transactions and scoring updates. Read More

THE MAGIC MIKE SHOW 049: Southwest Stakes Instant Reaction

Breaking Down the Blue Grass

Super Steed Steals G3 Southwest

Racing Dudes Three Stars of the Week: Ultra-Impressive 3-Year-Olds

See more Kentucky Derby news HERE.


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 JuvenileChurchill Downs 1 1/16 Miles20-8-4-2Game Winner
Nov 24, 2018Kentucky Jockey ClubChurchill Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Signalman
Dec 1, 2018RemsenAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1Maximus Mischief
Dec 8, 2018Los Alamitos FuturityLos Alamitos1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Improbable
Dec 16, 2018Springboard MileRemington Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Long Range Toddy
Jan 1, 2019JeromeAqueduct1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1Mind Control
Jan 5, 2019ShamSanta Anita1 Mile10-4-2-1Gunmetal Gray
Jan 19, 2019LecomteFair Grounds1 Mile 70 Yards10-4-2-1War of Will
Jan 25, 2019Smarty JonesOaklawn Park1 Mile10-4-2-1Gray Attempt
Feb 2, 2019Robert B. LewisSanta Anita1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Mucho Gusto
Feb 2, 2019WithersAqueduct1 1/8 Miles10-4-2-1Tax
Feb 2, 2019Holy BullGulfstream Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Harvey Wallbanger
Feb 9, 2019Sam F. DavisTampa Bay Downs1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Well Defined
Feb 16, 2019El Camino Real DerbyGolden Gate1 1/8 Miles (S)10-4-2-1Anothertwistafate
Feb 18, 2019SouthwestOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles10-4-2-1Super Steed

2019 Kentucky Derby Championship Series (16 races)

Feb 16, 2019Risen StarFair Grounds1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5War of Will
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 9, 2019Jeff Ruby Steaks Turfway Park1 1/8 Miles (S)20-8-4-2
Mar 16, 2019RebelOaklawn Park1 1/16 Miles50-20-10-5
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)10-4-2-1Magna Grecia
Mar 1, 2019+PattonDundalk (Ire)1 Mile (S)20-8-4-2
Mar 6, 2019+Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition StakesKempton Park (GB)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 Mile10-4-2-1Make Happy
Dec 19, 2018Zen-Nippon Nisai YushunKawasaki Racecourse1 Mile20-8-4-2Nova Lenda
Feb 17, 2019HyacinthTokyo Racecourse1 Mile30-12-6-3Oval Ace
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

1War of Will 60Mark Casse Gary Barber
2Game Winner 30Bob Baffert Gary and Mary West
3Country House 20Bill MottMrs. J.V. Shields, E.J.M. McFadden Jr. & LNJ Foxwoods (Larry, Nanci & Jaime Roth)
4Knicks Go 18Ben Colebrook KRA Stud Farm
5Signalman 18Kenny McPeekLewis, Tommie M. and Magdalena Racing (Sherri McPeek)
6Gunmetal Gray 18Jerry Hollendorfer Hollendorfer LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds
7Long Range Toddy 16Steve Asmussen Willis Horton Racing LLC
8Mucho Gusto 14Bob Baffert Michael Lund Petersen
9Maximus Mischief 12“Butch” Reid Jr.Cash is King LLC (Charles J. Zacney et al) & L C Racing LLC
10Tax12Danny GarganHugh Lynch & Corms Racing Stable
11Super Steed 10Larry Jones Michael Pressley & Steed Jackson
12Mind Control 10Gregg SaccoRed Oak Stable (Stephen Brunetti) & Madaket Stables LLC
13Improbable 10Bob Baffert WinStar Farm LLC (Kenny Troutt), China Horse Club
International Ltd. (Ah Khing Teo) & Starlight Racing (Jack
Wolf et al)
14Harvey Wallbanger 10Kenny McPeekHarold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott K. Akman & Paul Braverman
15Well Defined 10Kathy O’ConnellStonehedge LLC
16Gray Attempt10Jinks Fires Dwight Pruett
17Anothertwistafate 10Blaine WrightPeter Redekop B. C. Ltd.
18Roiland 10Tom AmossJames & Mary Durlacher
19Hog Creek Hustle 9Vickie FoleySomething Special Racing LLC (Patty Tipton)
20Sueno 8Keith Desormeaux Silverton Hill LLC
21Our Braintrust 6Cathal LynchCathal A. Lynch, Cathal A. & Stanton J. Smith Jr.
22Code of Honor 4Claude R. McGaughey IIIW.S. Farish
23Bankit 4Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell) & Willis Horton Racing LLC
24Everfast 4Dale Romans Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)
25Not That Brady 4Rudy RodriguezMichael Imperio, Rudy R. Rodriguez & Lianna Stables, Inc.
26Plus Que Parfait 4Brenden WalshImperial Racing, LLC
28Kingly4Bob BaffertClearview Stables LLC (Bernard Cleary), RAC 04 Racing LLC & Michael Meegan
29Mr. Money 2Bret Calhoun Allied Racing Stable, LLC
30Rowayton 2Jerry Hollendorfer OXO Equine LLC
31Manny Wah 2Wayne CatalanoSusan Moulton
32Standard Deviation 2Chad Brown Klaravich Stables, Inc.
33Dunph 2Mike Maker Three Diamonds Farm & Joseph Besecker
34Extra Hope 2Richard MandellaJay Em Ess Stable (Samantha Siegel)
35Much Better 2Bob Baffert Three Chimney's Farm LLC
36Family Biz 2Ed BarkerDanny J. Chen, James Cestaro & Campbell Road Stables
37Limonite 2Steve Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Willis Horton Racing LLC
38More Ice 2Jerry HollendorferHollendorfer LLC, Kenwood Racing Inc. & Richard Robertson
39So Alive 2Todd PletcherRobert V. LaPenta
40Easy Shot 2Keith DesormeauxCalumet Farm (Brad Kelley)
41Boldor 2Steve Asmussen Ed & Susie Orr
42Sir Winston 1Tracy FarmerMark Casse
43Six Shooter 1Paul Holthus Dundalk 5 LLC, N P H Stable & Wes Herek
44Gray Magician 1Peter Miller Wachtel Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, and Gary Barber
45Tone Broke 1Steve Asmussen L and N Racing LLC (Lee Levinson)
46Epic Dreamer 1Kelly BreenEpic Racing, LLC
47Bourbon War1Mark HennigBourbon Lane Stable (Jamie Hill) & Lake Star Stable
48Counter Offer 1Ian WilkesSix Column Stables LLC (Brad Stephens)
49King for a Day 1Todd Pletcher Red Oak Stable (Brunetti)
50Magnificent McCool 1Doug O’NeillPhoenix Thoroughbreds III (Amer Abdulaziz)
51Gates of Dawn 1John ServisLeonard C. Green
52Wicked Indeed 1Steve AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds LLC (Ron Winchell)
53Angelo's Pride1Bill DeliaBill Delia, Anthony George & Mike Stone

European Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Royal Marine 10Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin
2Magna Grecia 10Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Flaxman Stables
3Mohawk 10Aidan O'Brien Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tab
4Japan 10Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs J. Magnier & M. Tabor
5Phoenix of Spain 4Charlie Hills Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer
6Broome 4Aidan O'Brien Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John 'Susan' Magnier, and Derrick Smith
7Sydney Opera House 4Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith
8Mount Everest 4Aidan O'Brien Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith
9Anodor 2Freddie Head Ecurie Jean and Louis Bouchard
10West Australia 2Aidan O'Brien Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
11Cape Of Good Hope2Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith
12Power of Now 2M. D. O'callaghan Mr Michael O'Callaghan
13Boitron 1Richard Hannon Jr. Gerard Augustin-Normand and Middleham Park Racing
14Victory Command 1Mark Johnston Kingsley Park 10
15Circus Maximus 1Aidan O'Brien Flaxman Stables & Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
16Sovereign 1Aidan O'Brien Mrs John Magnier & M Tabor & D Smith

Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

1Oval Ace 30Noboru TakagiTsuru Nishimori
2Nova Lenda 20Saito TU. Carrot Farm
3Derma Louvre 14Toda HirofumiHiroyuki Asanuma
4Weitblick12Shoichiro WadaU Carrot Farm
5Make Happy 12Koichi ShinkaiKazuko Yoshida
6Gal Vihara 4Hagiwara, KiyoshiU. Carrot Farm
7Kingen 4Kunihide MatsudaGodolphin
8Master Fencer3Koichi TsunodaKatsumi Yoshizawa
9Johaan 2Yasuyuki TakahashiCypress Holdings LLC
10Romantico 1Kazuo FujisawaNobutaka Tada


The Derby Trail Tracker monitors and lists all the 2019 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

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

Kentucky Derby Contenders


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 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager are:

November 22-25, 2018 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1 

November 22-25, 2018 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Sire Wager

February 8-10, 2019 (CLOSED)
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2

March 8-10, 2019
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3

March 8-10, 2019
Kentucky Oaks/Derby Double Future Wager

April 5-7, 2019
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4


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
To Top