Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 stakes race held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky and is run over a distance of 1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs).

The 2025 Kentucky Derby has a purse of $5,000,000 and will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2025.

Scroll down for details on this year's horses, odds, results and more.

Kyle French
By Kyle French
Kentucky Derby 2024 winner
Photo by Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire

Kentucky Derby Information

DateSaturday, 3 May 2025
Post TimeApprox. 6:57pm ET
RacetrackChurchill Downs
Distance1 1/4 miles (10 furlongs)
Conditions3 year old Thoroughbreds
StatusGrade 1 Stakes
Track DirectionLeft-handed
Track SurfaceDirt
2024 WinnerMystik Dan

Kentucky Derby History

The Kentucky Derby, dating back to 1875, is one of the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States. The Kentucky Derby is the first race in the Triple Crown series (the other two being the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes).

The Derby takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky every year in May. Around 160,000 fans come to watch three-year-old horses race 1.25 miles.

Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., inspired by horse races in Europe, founded the Kentucky Derby. With land from his uncles, the Churchill brothers, he created the Louisville Jockey Club and built the famous racetrack which would later be called Churchill Downs.

The Derby has also been known for its traditions over the years, including the rose garland, mint juleps and singing “My Old Kentucky Home”.

Also known as the “Run for the Roses,” this race has seen unforgettable winners like Secretariat in 1973, who set the record for the fastest Derby time (1:59 2/5 seconds).

In addition to its rich history and traditions, the Kentucky Derby has also been a platform for social and cultural events. Over the years, it has attracted celebrities, dignitaries, and enthusiasts from around the world, highlighting the prestige of the event.

Attendance at the Kentucky Derby has consistently drawn large crowds, with an average attendance of over 150,000 spectators each year.

Justify winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
Justify winning the 2018 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs (Getty Images)

Kentucky Derby Entries

View our horse racing entries section for the Kentucky Derby closer to race day for details on each horse. 

Fan Odds provides morning line and current odds, along with insights on each horse's past performance.

Kentucky Derby Past Performances

View our free past performances section for the Kentucky Derby closer to race day for detailed insights on each horse, including their win, place and show strike rate percentages.

Kentucky Derby 2025 Horses & Field

View this year's Kentucky Derby horses, jockeys, trainers and field information closer to race day.

In the meantime, you can view the 2024 field.

1DornochDanny GarganLuis Saez1-
2Sierra LeoneChad BrownTyler Gaffalione2-
3Mystik DanKenneth McPeekBrian Jr Hernandez3-
4Catching FreedomB CoxFlavien Prat4-
5CatalyticS Joseph JrJose Ortiz5-
6Just SteelD LukasKeith Asmussen6-
7Honor MarieWhitworth BeckmanBen Curtis7-
8Just A TouchB CoxFlorent Geroux8-
10T O PasswordD TakayanagiKazushi Kimura10-
11Forever YoungYoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai11-
12Track PhantomSteven AsmussenJoel Rosario12-
13West SaratogaLarry DemeritteJesus Castanon13-
14EndlesslyMichael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli14-
15Domestic ProductChad BrownIrad Ortiz Jr15-
16Grand Mo The FirstVictor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo16-
17FiercenessTodd PletcherJohn Velazquez17-
18StrongholdPhilip D AmatoAntonio Fresu18-
19ResilienceWilliam MottJunior Alvarado19-
20Society ManDanny GarganL Dettori20-
21Epic RideJ EnnisAdam Beschizza21-
9EncinoB CoxAxel Concepcion9-
22MugatuJeff EnglerJoseph Talamo22-

Kentucky Derby 2025 Favorites

This year's Kentucky Derby favorites will be listed below closer to the race.

Kentucky Derby 2025 Picks

When available – See this year's Kentucky Derby top picks below.

How To Bet On The Kentucky Derby

To start betting on the Kentucky Derby, follow these simple steps: 

Step 1: Choose a Racebook

Start by choosing an online racebook. We recommend TwinSpires but there are other legal and registered racebooks available like TVG and FanDuel.

Step 2: Sign Up 

Signing up with a racebook is easy: verify you're 18+, fill in your details, and you're set!

Step 3: Deposit Funds

After signing up with a racebook, add funds to your account using your card or an approved deposit method like PayPal. Remember to review the minimum deposit and any fees for your chosen deposit method.

Step 4: Place Your Bets 

With funds now in your account, you're ready to bet. To learn about the various Kentucky Derby bet types available, keep reading below.

Horses racing at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby
Horses racing at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby (Getty Images)

Bet Types For The Kentucky Derby

There are many ways to bet on the Kentucky Derby. You can place a bet to win or hedge your bets with an exacta, trifecta or superfecta.

You can split bet types for the Kentucky Derby into three different categories:

  • Straight Bets (Win, Place & Show)
  • Horizontal Bets (Parlay)
  • Vertical Bets (Exotic)

Straight Bets

Straight bets are straightforward and ideal for newcomers or more casual horse racing fans. 

Bet TypeExplanation
WinYour horse must win
PlaceYour horse must finish first or second
ShowYour horse must finish first, second or third

Horizontal Bets

Horizontal bets are parlay bets – to win, you must correctly select the winner of consecutive races.

Bet TypeExplanation
Daily DoubleSelect the winning horse, two races in a row 
Pick 3Select the winning horse, three races in a row
Pick 4Select the winning horse, four races in a row
Pick 5Select the winning horse, five races in a row
Pick 6Select the winning horse, six races in a row

Vertical Bets

Vertical bets are exotic bets – to win, you must correctly select the finishing order of multiple horses in a single race.

Bet TypeExplanation
QuinellaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in any order
ExactaSelect the horses that finish first and second, in the correct order
TrifectaSelect the horses that finish first, second and third, in the correct order
SuperfectaSelect the horses that finish first, second, third and fourth, in the correct order

Kentucky Derby Past Winners

See a list of past winners for the Kentucky Derby since the year 2000 below.

2024Mystik DanBrian Hernandez JrKenny McPeek
2023MageJavier CastellanoGustavo Delgado
2022Rich StrikeSonny LeonEric R. Reed
2021MandalounFlorent GerouxBrad Cox
2020AuthenticJohn VelazquezBob Baffert
2019Country HouseFlavien PratBill Mott
2018JustifyMike SmithBob Baffert
2017Always DreamingJohn VelazquezTodd Pletcher
2016NyquistMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill
2015American PharoahVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
2014California ChromeVictor EspinozaArt Sherman
2013OrbJoel RosarioClaude McGaughey III
2012I'll Have AnotherMario GutierrezDoug O'Neill
2011Animal KingdomJohn VelazquezH. Graham Motion
2010Super SaverCalvin BorelTodd Pletcher
2009Mine That BirdCalvin BorelBennie L. Woolley, Jr.
2008Big BrownKent DesormeauxRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
2007Street SenseCalvin BorelCarl Nafzger
2006BarbaroEdgar PradoMichael R. Matz
2005GiacomoMike E. SmithJohn Shirreffs
2004Smarty JonesStewart ElliottJohn Servis
2003Funny CideJose SantosBarclay Tagg
2002War EmblemVictor EspinozaBob Baffert
2001MonarchosJorge F. ChavezJohn T. Ward, Jr.
2000Fusaichi PegasusKent DesormeauxNeil Drysdale

Kentucky Derby 2024 Results

See the full list of results for the 2024 Kentucky Derby below.

Pos.Horse (Post Pos)TrainerJockeyWeightMarginOdds
Mystik Dan
3.Mystik Dan (3)
T: K. McPeek
J: B. Jr (126lbs)
Kenneth McPeekBrian Jr Hernandez126lbs-
Sierra Leone
2.Sierra Leone (2)
T: C. Brown
J: T. Gaffalione (126lbs)
Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione126lbs-
Forever Young
11.Forever Young (11)
T: Y. Yahagi
J: R. Sakai (126lbs)
Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai126lbs-
Catching Freedom
4.Catching Freedom (4)
T: B. Cox
J: F. Prat (126lbs)
B CoxFlavien Prat126lbs-
T O Password
10.T O Password (10)
T: D. Takayanagi
J: K. Kimura (126lbs)
D TakayanagiKazushi Kimura126lbs-
19.Resilience (19)
T: W. Mott
J: J. Alvarado (126lbs)
William MottJunior Alvarado126lbs-
18.Stronghold (18)
T: P. D
J: A. Fresu (126lbs)
Philip D AmatoAntonio Fresu126lbs-
Honor Marie
7.Honor Marie (7)
T: W. Beckman
J: B. Curtis (126lbs)
Whitworth BeckmanBen Curtis126lbs-
14.Endlessly (14)
T: M. McCarthy
J: U. Rispoli (126lbs)
Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli126lbs-
1.Dornoch (1)
T: D. Gargan
J: L. Saez (126lbs)
Danny GarganLuis Saez126lbs-
Track Phantom
12.Track Phantom (12)
T: S. Asmussen
J: J. Rosario (126lbs)
Steven AsmussenJoel Rosario126lbs-
West Saratoga
13.West Saratoga (13)
T: L. Demeritte
J: J. Castanon (126lbs)
Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon126lbs-
Domestic Product
15.Domestic Product (15)
T: C. Brown
J: I. Ortiz (126lbs)
Chad BrownIrad Ortiz Jr126lbs-
Epic Ride
21.Epic Ride (21)
T: J. Ennis
J: A. Beschizza (126lbs)
J EnnisAdam Beschizza126lbs-
17.Fierceness (17)
T: T. Pletcher
J: J. Velazquez (126lbs)
Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez126lbs-
Society Man
20.Society Man (20)
T: D. Gargan
J: L. Dettori (126lbs)
Danny GarganL Dettori126lbs-
Just Steel
6.Just Steel (6)
T: D. Lukas
J: K. Asmussen (126lbs)
D LukasKeith Asmussen126lbs-
Grand Mo The First
16.Grand Mo The First (16)
T: V. Barboza
J: E. Jaramillo (126lbs)
Victor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo126lbs-
5.Catalytic (5)
T: S. Joseph
J: J. Ortiz (126lbs)
S Joseph JrJose Ortiz126lbs-
Just A Touch
8.Just A Touch (8)
T: B. Cox
J: F. Geroux (126lbs)
B CoxFlorent Geroux126lbs-
9.Encino (9)
T: B. Cox
J: A. Concepcion (126lbs)
B CoxAxel Concepcion126lbs-
22.Mugatu (22)
T: J. Engler
J: J. Talamo (126lbs)
Jeff EnglerJoseph Talamo126lbs-

Kentucky Derby 2024 Replay

See the full replay for the 2024 Kentucky Derby below.

How To Watch The Kentucky Derby

Racing fans wanting to watch the Kentucky Derby have several viewing options to chose from.

On Television

NBC airs the Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive coverage from early afternoon through the event's conclusion. For those with traditional TV setups, simply tune into your local NBC station.

Streaming Online

For race fans who prefer streaming on a computer or mobile, NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app offer live coverage (iOS & Android). Peacock, NBC's streaming service, also streams the Kentucky Derby.

Alternative Streaming Services

Several streaming platforms include NBC, allowing you to watch the Kentucky Derby without a cable subscription. YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV all feature NBC in their channel offerings, with some providing trials for new subscribers.

For International Fans

Viewers outside the United States can use a VPN to access the Kentucky Derby broadcast. A VPN connection to a US server, enables race fans anywhere to subscribe to US-based streaming services like Peacock or Sling TV.

Tapit Trice training for the 2023 Kentucky Derby
Tapit Trice training for the 2023 Kentucky Derby (Getty Images)

Kentucky Derby FAQs

Where is the Kentucky Derby Held?

The Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

When is the Kentucky Derby 2024?

The Kentucky Derby race is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2025.

What Time is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby race time is scheduled for approximately 6:57pm ET.

How Long is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby is run over a distance of 1 1/4 miles.

How Many Horses are in the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby field is limited to 20 horses.

What is the Purse For the Kentucky Derby?

This year’s Kentucky Derby purse is $5,000,000.

How Do You Bet on the Kentucky Derby?

To bet on the Kentucky Derby, simply choose a racebook, sign up, deposit your funds, and then place your bet once the deposit clears. For more details on bet types, see our Bet Types For The Kentucky Derby section above.

Who Won the Kentucky Derby in 2024?

Mystik Dan wins 2024 Kentucky Derby by a nose in the closest 3-horse photo finish since 1947. He was ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr and trained by Kenny McPeek.

Who Won the Kentucky Derby in 2024?

Mage won the Kentucky Derby in 2023. Mage  was trained by Gustavo Delgado and jockeyed by Javier Castellano.