Kentucky Derby Races All Set to Enthral Horse Racing Scenario

Kentucky Derby is regarded as one of the finest horse racing events in the world. It is held in Louisville, Kentucky. Classified as a Grade I event, thoroughbreds over the age of three will be racing over a distance of 10 furlongs. The prize money of the event stands at a huge $2 million, making it one of the richest events. The winner alone stands to receive $1.425 million. The 2017 Kentucky Derby will be held on the first Saturday of May as ever, and it will be the 143rd edition of the event.


The Kentucky Derby was first held in 1875. The race was first conducted as an American version of the long-standing races in Derby, England and Paris, France. Even though it was initially held over 1 1/2 miles, it has been reduced to the current 10 furlongs distance since 1896. Churchill Downs has been hosting the race throughout its history. Unlike in England, racing will be on a dirt track which a left.

Past Performances

This event has not been dominated by a single name in recent years. Eddie Arcaro and Bill Hartack have been the most successful jockeys with regard to this event after having enjoyed five wins. They enjoy most of their success during the 1950s and 60s. Ben A. Jones is the most successful trainer with six wins, with most of his wins coming in the 1940s. Secretariat holds the record for the mile and a quarter at 1:59.40. The record was set in 1973.

The 2017 US Kentucky Derby

The 2017 event begins with Nyquist as the defending champion. Victor Espinoza’s back-to-back success with California Chrome and American Pharoah in 2014 and 2015 ended with Mario Gutierrez taking the crown with Nyquist. A sub-2:02 time has been recorded only thrice in the last decade.

On Saturday at 6:45 pm, twenty horses will line up to run for the roses in the Grade I, $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby presentd by Yum! Brands. Handicappers began puttin the final act of selections for the 2017 Run for the Roses. The favourites mentioned by Brian Nadeau, a professional handicapper, include: #15 MCCRAKEN, #17 IRISH WAR CRY, #14 CLASSIC EMPIRE, and #5 ALWAYS DREAMING.

What You Should Know Before Heading to the Kentucky Derby Track (even remotely)

Horse racing is great in all circumstances, but you can enjoy your day out or your endeavours to win some money online just by doing a little bit of homework.

First, study the race card. Read more about each horse's form, read about class of races where they have been running in, who has big chances in jockey, race distance, gear, trainer. In addition to this, check the track and weather conditions.

Weather is one of the factors that truly impact performance, so do your homework and read about which horses run better on a firm and dry track, and which are better on wet tracks. This also works for dirt and turf.

Check post positions as they are also hugely important. There are many horses that usually do better if they avoid traffic when being stuck on the fence. Important - the outside gate usually means that the horse will cover more ground.

Study the history of track performance. Many horses perform worse - or better - on certain tracks. Maybe they dislike or like certain peculiarities of the surface, the air, the shape - it doesn't really matter as long as you get this right. Check the historical record for each horse.

Last, but not least, watch videos of certain horses on the Internet. We live in the digital age and seeing footage of big races can help you get a better idea of what your picks will have to face.

Closing Thoughts

The 2017 Kentucky Derby is approaching really fast! Kentucky Derby is the equivalent of big races such as Cheltenham Festival and many fans are eager to see how favourites will cope with the race conditions. OddsDigger is here, as always, to provide you with exciting information on the world's best races and tournaments.

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