Is The Kentucky Derby A Handicap Race?

Except, that is, in the most famous race in America.

The Kentucky Derby should be nearly impossible to handicap.

The horses, at just 3 years old, don’t have much experience and are still maturing.

Many of them have never run this distance before, or run at Churchill Downs.

Who are the Kentucky Derby contenders for 2019?

The 145th Kentucky Derby is May 4, 2019!

FinPostHorse / Sire
2nd13Code of Honor Noble Mission
3rd8Tacitus Tapit
4th5Improbable City Zip
5th16Game Winner Candy Ride

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What race is Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, presented by Woodford Reserve, is a top rank, Grade I stakes race for 3 year old Thoroughbred horses. The race distance is one and one-quarter miles long, and it is run on the dirt racetrack at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

What race is the Kentucky Derby 2019?

Undercard races will start on Friday at 10:30 a.m. ET, but coverage will run from 12-3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Live event coverage from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs will take place on Saturday with a post time of 6:50 p.m. ET. The complete Kentucky Derby schedule can be found here.

How are race horses handicapped?

In horse racing a handicap race is where each horse is given weight, according to its ability, in attempt to ensure each horse has an equal chance of winning. The handicapper asses a horse upon it’s previous race history, which in-turn decides the horses official racing (seen as OR on race cards).

Who are the Kentucky Derby contenders?

  • 1stCountry House. Owner. Shields, Jr., Mrs.
  • 2ndCode of Honor. Owner. W.S. Farish.
  • 3rdTacitus. Owner. Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
  • 4thImprobable. Owner. WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club International Ltd.
  • 5thGame Winner. Owner. West, Gary and Mary.
  • 6thMaster Fencer (JPN) Owner.
  • 7thWar of Will. Owner.
  • 8thPlus Que Parfait. Owner.

Who are the Kentucky Derby entrants?

2018-2019 Kentucky Derby contender point earners list

Points OrderMorning Line OddsTrainer / Jockey
Javier Castellano
710-1Jason Servis
Luis Saez
810-1Bill Mott

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What time is Kentucky Derby race?

Wagering windows will open 30 minutes before the first race, approximately 10:00a.m. Mint Juleps are available as soon as the gates open – 8:00am – and the last call is at post time for the 14th race, approximately 8:10p.m. Celebrities will be walking the Red Carpet from approximately 12:00p.m. to 2:30p.m.

What horse won the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

Country House declared winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Country House has been declared the winner 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. Within minutes the outcome was under review after race replay showed that Maximum Security may have impeded War of Will. Country House was awarded the win.

What time is the actual Kentucky Derby race?

This year, the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 4, with the undercard races beginning at 12 PM EST. The actual Derby, often known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” will begin at 6:50 PM, but there’s a whole day’s worth of festivities leading up to that.

What time is the Kentucky Oaks Race 2019?

Oaks Day – May 03, 2019. The Longines Kentucky Oaks is America’s premier and most lucrative race for 3-year old fillies – female horses – held each year on the day before the Kentucky Derby.

What is a non handicap horse race?

Handicap and non-handicap horse racing. Races can be handicap or non-handicap races. In a handicap race the better horses are required to carry extra weight so that all horses have, in theory, an equal chance of winning. In a non-handicap race the better horses are not required to carry additional weight.

What is a golfer’s handicap?

A golf handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential ability. In stroke play, it is used to calculate a net score from the number of strokes played during a competition, thus allowing players of different proficiency to play against each other on somewhat equal terms.

Who is the best horse racing handicapper?

Top 7 Best Horse Racing Handicappers

  1. 1 – Nicky Doyle. One of the most popular choices among bettors, Nicky Doyle is a handicapping machine.
  2. 2 – Elite Betting Syndicate.
  3. 3 – ProBettingClub.
  4. 4 – Danny Collins.
  5. 5 – Mike Lane.
  6. 6 – Racing Wins.
  7. 7 – Betting Gods.

Who are the top contenders for the Kentucky Derby?

2019 Kentucky Derby Profiles


Who are the favorites for the Kentucky Derby?

Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, March 30th – Maximum Security. Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, April 6th – Tacitus. Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 6th – Vekoma. Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita, April 6th – Roadster.

How much does it cost to go to the Kentucky Derby?

A general admission ticket for just the Derby costs $70 if you buy it before 11:59 p.m. on April 21. The price goes up to $75 in the window from April 22 to May 3, and to $80 if you buy it at the gate on Derby day. Attending just the Kentucky Oaks races will run you between $45-$60, depending on when you purchase.

Who invented Kentucky Derby?


The Kentucky Derby was started by Meriwether Lewis Clark Jr., grandson of explorer William Clark, of Lewis and Clark Expedition fame. Clark, who was inspired by horse races he’d seen in Europe, raised the money to build Churchill Downs on land donated by his uncles.

How many horses run in the Kentucky Derby?

20 horses