Kentucky Derby

2018 Kentucky Derby

The Race

The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is a top rank, Grade I stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses. The race distance is one and one-quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Colts and geldings in the race carry 126 pounds (57 kg), and fillies in the race carry 121 pounds (55 kg).

20 horses compete in the Kentucky Derby, which is a larger field size than most horse races; where on average 8 horses race against one another. The 20 horses racing in the Kentucky Derby must first travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which is a series of 35 races taking place at tracks across the country and the world. Points are awarded to the top 4 horses that finish in each of those 35 races, and the 20 horses with the most points earn a spot in the starting gate in the Kentucky Derby race. The Kentucky Derby winning purse is $2 million.

The Kentucky Derby takes place on the first Saturday in May every year, and typically draws a crowd of 155,000 people. It is the longest continually held sporting event in America, and it is one of the most prestigious horse races in the world. Often called “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Kentucky Derby receives this nickname from the approximate length of time it takes the winner to run from the starting gate to the finish line. The Kentucky Derby is the first race within the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, where it is followed by the Preakness Stakes race and the Belmont Stakes race.

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Kentucky Derby 2018 point standings

Leader board for qualifying points to the 2018 Kentucky Derby, which will be run at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Points are earned by the top four finishers in designated Kentucky Derby prep races.

RankHorseTrainerPointsNon-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1.Bolt d’OroMick Ruis64$780,000
2.EnticedKiaran McLaughlin63$360,880
3.BravazoD. Wayne Lukas54$349,913
4.Promises FulfilledDale Romans52$256,480
5.QuipRodolphe Brisset50$212,000
6.McKinzieBob Baffert40$320,000
7.Good MagicChad Brown34$1,238,400
8.FlameawayMark Casse30$472,260
9.Firenze FireJason Servis29$582,500
10.Free Drop BillyDale Romans24$497,200
11.Snapper SinclairSteven Asmussen22$301,810
12.Strike PowerMark Hennig20$199,560
13.Old Time RevivalKenneth Decker20$80,000
14.Instilled RegardJerry Hollendorfer19$196,000
15.SolominiBob Baffert14$436,000
16.Catholic BoyJonathan Thomas14$330,000
17.Avery IslandKiaran McLaughlin14$320,000
18.My Boy JackKeith Desormeaux12$402,000
19.CombatantSteven Asmussen12$210,000
20.MourinhoBob Baffert11$149,360
21.GreyvitosAdam Kitchingman10$300,000
22.AudibleTodd Pletcher10$208,320
+ The TabulatorLarry Rivelli10$186,750
23.KanthakaJerry Hollendorfer10$168,000
24.World of TroubleJason Servis10$145,000
25.LomboMichael Pender10$90,345
+ f-PavedMichael McCarthy10$60,000
26.Noble IndyTodd Pletcher10$40,000
27Vino RossoTodd Pletcher7$37,500
28.Tiz MischiefDale Romans6$80,900
29.Hollywood StarDale Romans5$98,500
30.AyacaraKeith Desormeaux5$71,345
31.PeaceRichard Mandella5$27,000
32.MachismoAnthony Quartarolo5$19,200
+ City PlanEoin Harty4$67,345
33.Principe GuilhermeSteven Asmussen4$44,000
34Seven TrumpetsDale Romans4$31,666
+ All Out BlitzSimon Callaghan4$20,000
35.ColtandmississippiTodd Pletcher3$31,137
36.Sporting ChanceD. Wayne Lukas2$260,000
37.GivemeaminitDallas Stewart2$156,000
38.Lone SailorTom Amoss2$73,347
+ Tap DaddySteven Asmussen2$67,400
+ KingsvilleDanny Pish2$44,000
39.MarconiTodd Pletcher2$36,520
40.Take the One O OneBrian Koriner2$36,345
41.VouchArnaud Delacour2$25,000
42.Dark VaderPeter Eurton2$18,000
+ Blended CitizenDoug O’Neill2$16,644
+ Kowboy KarmaLarry Jones1$94,000
+ Night StrikeBret Calhoun1$28,400
+ Bode’s MakerAllen Milligan1$27,500
43.LioniteSteve Asmussen1$25,000
44.For HimMike Pender1$24,000
45.High NorthBrad Cox1$17,200
+ AlkhaatamChad Brown1$12,500
+ EbbenSteve Margolis1$10,671
46.Zing ZangSteven Asmussen1$9,166
47.RegulateBob Baffert1$9,000
+ RegalianChris Englehart1$7,500
48.ShivermetimbersJerry Holldendorfer1$6,000

+ denotes not Triple Crown nominated


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