Bet on Kentucky Derby 2018
Bet on Kentucky Derby 2018 at Churchill Downs on May 5th, 2018 and watch it live on NBC. Underneath the iconic Twin Spires at Churchill Downs will be a full 20 horse field made up of Road to the Kentucky Derby winners from the Kentucky Derby Prep Season and Kentucky Derby Championship Series as they run for the roses. The first time fans ever bet on the Kentucky Derby was back in 1875 in the first ever Kentucky Derby won by Aristides with jockey Oliver Lewis and hall of fame trainer Ansel Williamson. There is a long history of Kentucky Horse Racing.
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The race, known as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate time length, is the first leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in the United States. The Sport of Kings usually draws around 155,000 fans between the infield and millionaires row. The Kentucky Derby is the first crown jewel of the elusive Triple Crown which includes second crown jewel, the Preakness Stakes and the final leg of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes. The outer track (dirt) at Churchill Downs overs 1 ¼ Miles (2.012km) with colts and geldings carrying 126lbs (57kgs) and the fillies carrying 121lbs or 55kgs.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule will be the first races involving the new Kentucky Derby Point System. The new system will award points for win, place, show and 4th place finishes for races as the graded stakes earnings method has now been retired. The Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule will only offer up to 10 points for a win with the first leg of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series offering up to 50 points for a win and the second leg offering up to 100 points for a win.