About the 2017 Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby Facts

Location: Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Track: Left-handed
Distance: 1 1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2,012 m)
Purse: US$2 million; 1st: $1,425,000
Record: 1: 59 2⁄5 secs, Secretariat (1973)
Qualification: 3-year-old
Inaugurated: 1875
Surface Dirt
Weight Colt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
Purse US$2 million
1st: $1,425,000
Date: May 06, 2017

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5 Tips for Kentucky Derby Betting

1. Don’t be afraid to bet on the favorite.
In 142 years, the favorite has won 55 times or 38% of the time. In fact, the favorite has taken home the trophy for the last four years.

2. Pay attention to the horses that won the Derby prep races.
The last six Derby winners won their final prep race leading up to Derby.

3. Just like regular sports teams, horses have a home field advantage.
Bet the horse that has a history of doing well at Churchill Downs. This information is located in the top right of each horse’s past performance in the program.

4. If you can’t decide between 2 horses, try an exacta box.
If those two horses finish first or second in any order you win the bet. The minimum for an exacta is $2.

5. There are 175,000 people at the Derby. If you don’t want to wait in line to wager and you don’t want to spend thousands to go there in the first place. You can bet from home on your phone. See how to wager on the Kentucky Derby from home here…

 

2017 Kentucky Derby: Field

FieldHorseJockeyTrainer
1GirvinMike E. SmithJoe Sharp
2Classic EmpireJulien R. LeparouxMark E. Casse
3GormleyN/AJohn A. Shirreffs
4IrapMario GutierrezDoug F. O’Neill
5Irish War CryRajiv MaraghH. Graham Motion
6Thunder SnowChristophe SoumillonSaeed bin Suroor
7Always DreamingJohn R. VelazquezTodd A. Pletcher
8GunneveraJavier CastellanoAntonio Sano
9Practical JokeJoel RosarioChad C. Brown
10J Boys EchoRobby AlbaradoDale L. Romans
11State of HonorJose LezcanoMark E. Casse
12TapwritJose L. OrtizTodd A. Pletcher
13HenceN/ASteven M. Asmussen
14Fast and AccurateN/AMichael J. Maker
15McCrackenBrian Joseph Hernandez Jr.Ian R. Wilkes
16Battle of MidwayFlavien PratJerry Hollendorfer
17PatchN/ATodd A. Pletcher
18UntrappedN/ASteven M. Asmussen
19Lookin at LeeN/ASteven M. Asmussen
20SonneteerJ. Keith DesormeauxKent J. Desormeaux

 

The post positions draw will be broadcast on NBC Sports on Wednesday from 11 a.m. (ET)

My Three Horses for the Kentucky Derby:

ALWAYS DREAMING

Appears to be coming into his own after impressive five-length win in Florida Derby. He prefers to run at the lead or close to it. He has three wins in five career starts and earnings of $648,900. The concern about him is that he has run against lesser competition and that allowed him to get out to an  early lead. What happens if he doesn’t in the Kentucky Derby? Good bet if he can get an good post position.

CLASSIC EMPIRE

The colt won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on his way to earning 2-year-old male champion honors. Classic Empire has five wins in seven career starts. He’s coming off a win in the Arkansas Derby.

GIRVIN

The Louisiana Derby winner has a crack in his right front hoof that has impeded his training in the last week. Trainer Joe Sharp has used a special shoe, a hyperbaric chamber and therapeutic waters to get Girvin in shape to run on Saturday. I would have put money on him if he wasn’t injured. Now, the only way I will is if he has a good session later this week.

2017 Kentucky Derby Prediction:

Before Girvin was injured I was willing to bet on any of the three. Now I am down to two. I like both Classic Empire and Always Dreaming so I will be taking an exact with both of them on it. Good luck and watch Girvin in his last workout. If it looks good then I will make a wheel bet with all three of them on it.

 
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