The 2018 Kentucky Derby is the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, Horse Racing news, commentary, race results, audio and video, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 Start in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is open to 20 horses, with a purse of US$2 million. Horse Race, Date, May 5, 2018, 7:30 AM, Location, Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky, United States.
Best of the horse racing calendar 2018 the following table shows the points earned in the eligible races for the European series. The top four horses colored brown within the standings were eligible for the invitation to participate in the Kentucky Derby, rovided the horse was nominated. The connections of Gronkowski, who finished first with 50 points, accepted the invitation but Gronkowski subsequently became ill and had to miss the race. The second place finisher, Mendelssohn, separately qualified on the main Road by winning the UAE Derby.
The 2018 Kentucky Derby officially, the 2018 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is the 144th annual Kentucky Derby, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is open to 20 horses, with a purse of US$2 million. The Kentucky Derby is a horse race held annually in Louisville on the first Saturday in May, at the end of the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. It is a Grade I stakes race for three year old Thoroughbreds at a distance of 1 1,4 miles 2.0 km, and has been run at Churchill Downs racetrack since its inception in 1875.
Here are the races you need to know about it 2018. The series consists of seven races four run on the turf in late 2017 when the horses are age two, plus three races run on a synthetic surface in early 2018. The Kentucky Derby is only open to three year old Thoroughbreds, thus all entrants in the 2018 Derby were foaled in 2018. The field is limited to twenty horses who qualify based on points earned in the 2018 Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of designated races that was first introduced in 2018. This point system replaced the previous graded stakes race earnings system.
Louisville, Kentucky Derby field is open to 20 horses. Gun Runner dominates late to pick a victory in the $16 million Pegasus World Cup in his final career start. Churchill Downs also created separate qualification roads for horses based in Japan and Europe. None of the invitations for qualifiers on the Japan Road were accepted. On the European Road, the connections of Gronkowski accepted after the colt won both the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes and the Burradon takes. However, the colt subsequently became ill and had to miss the race.
The top points earner in the series was Magnum Moon 150 points, winner of the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Good Magic, the champion two year old from 2018, finished second in the series by winning both the Breeders Cup Juvenile and the Blue Grass Stakes. The other major prep winners were Audible Florida Derby, Noble Indy Louisiana Derby, Vino Rosso Wood Memorial, Mendelssohn UAE Derby and Justify Santa Anita Derby.
Kentucky Derby Race In true spirit of this years Festival the 2018 Timico Cheltenham Gold cup is as exciting as they come. The races in the Road to the Kentucky Derby were held from May 2018 when the horses were age two through May 2018 when they had turned three. The top four finishers in the specified races earned points, with the highest point values awarded in the major preparatory races held in late March or early May 5,6 full result. Earnings in non restricted stakes acted as a tie breaker.