2012 Kentucky Derby info

Churchill Downs starting gate

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade 1 Stakes race for 3 year old thoroughbred  colts, held annually at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on the first Saturday in May.  For the two weeks before the race, the Kentucky Derby Festival holds events including bed races, fireworks extravaganzas, and parades.

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The race is one and a quarter miles.  Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds and fillies 121 pounds.  The race is known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” or “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports” for its approximate duration, and is also called “The Run for the Roses” for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the and is followed by the Preakness Stakes (2 weeks later), then the Belmont Stakes (five weeks after the Preakness). The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes racing days including the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup.

NBC, HRTV,  and TVG will have television coverage.  Here are the post positions, horse, jockey, trainer and morning line odds.


#21 – My Adonis is an alternate entry