The Kentucky Derby is the first Triple Crown Thoroughbred race and one of the most exciting experiences in the horseracing world.
The Kentucky Derby takes place on a dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and the run is approximately over the 1 1⁄4-mile (2.0 km). Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, has an account of the origin of the “Triple Crown” name in the United States.
The following horses won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness over the past decade, but did not win the Belmont:
|Silver Charm||2nd to Touch Gold|
|1998||Real Quiet||2nd to Victory Gallop|
|1999||Charismatic||3rd to Lemon Drop Kid|
|2002||War Emblem||8th to Sarava|
|2003||Funny Cide||3rd to Empire Maker|
|2004||Smarty Jones||2nd to Birdstone|
|2008||Big Brown||DNF to Da’ Tara|
|2012||I’ll Have Another||Did not start (injury)|
4th to Tonalist
As we approach the day of the race the horse betting odds continue to move, so be sure to check out the following odds on the top 12 Kentucky Derby contenders and pretenders:
- American Pharoah 2/1
- Dortmund 9/2
- Carpe Diem 6/1
- Materiality 9/1
- Mubtaahij 9/1
- Firing Line 14/1
- Frosted 14/1
- International Star 16/1
- Upstart 16/1
- El Kabeir 25/1
- Itsaknockout 25/1
- Ocho Ocho Ocho 25/1
- One Lucky Dane 25/1
On Wednesday morning, War Story and Mr. Z were scheduled to work out and practice at Churchill Downs. Furthermore, Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star galloped 1 ¼ miles at the nearby Trackside training center with Joel Barrientos aboard for trainer Mike Maker. Maker has not set a date for the move to Churchill Downs for International Star, who is riding a three-race win streak. International Star is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs with jockey Miguel Mena aboard.
Lastly, at Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah galloped 1 ½ miles after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.
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