Question: What Qualifies A Horse For The Kentucky Derby?

Each year 20 horses have the once in a lifetime chance to run in the Kentucky Derby.

To earn a spot in the starting gate, they must travel along the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of designated races at tracks across the country and around the world.

Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each race.

What is the age limit for horses in the Kentucky Derby?


What type of horse runs the 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 horses will run in the 2019 Kentucky Derby?

2019 Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby
Grade I stakes race
Winning horseCountry House (by disqualification)
Winning time2:03.93
Final odds65–1

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What does it cost to enter a horse in the Kentucky Derby?

In the Kentucky Derby, there is an entry fee of $25,000 and a starting fee of an additional $25,000. For the Preakness, the cost is $15,000 to enter and another $15,000 to start.